Rhätische Bahn joins Bernina Gran Prix Hillclimb with historic trains

photo courtsey of Rhätische Bahn AG

The Rhaetian Railway and Bernina Gran Turismo have agreed on operating two historic trains during the Bernina Gran Turismo weekend!

Besides the obvious advantages of having a train line right to the finish of the race, now spectators of classic trains and spectators of the classic car race can celebrate together a unparalleled weekend of historic mobility at the Bernina Pass.

We are extremely thankful to Rhätische Bahn Director Dr. Renato Fasciati, his team of professionals and also thanks to the support of Mr. Stefan Engler, the chairman of the board of Rhätische Bahn. Not to forget Ständerat Dr. Martin Schmid and his team who also supported us incredibly in this venture to bring Bernina Gran Turismo to the next level.

The drivers and guests of the event will already be entertained on Friday afternoon with a ride in the one historic train to the Pass and Alp Grüm.

The general public can start on Saturday and Sunday with ten extra trains accomplishing the normal Bernina schedule during the racing time from St. Moritz to the Ospizio Bernina and further on to Poschiavo and back on regular RhB fairs with the following historic trains & coaches.

The history of the Rhätische Bahn is dating back to the late 19th century when brave and forward minded engineers developed a plan to bring public transport to the Engadine valleys. For sure without this endeavour the automobile and its roads may not have been encouraged to become a guest in this wonderful Swiss place.

To our knowledge there is nowhere in the world a historic hillclimb which partners up with historic trains, let alone to have a parallel route towards the pass. We feel honoured to team up with this Swiss legend of transportation during the Bernina event. And who knows where it may all lead us in the coming years?

Did we speak about UNESCO World Heritage territory? Please read more about our partners on https://www.rhb.ch/en/home and http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1276/.

It is indeed breath-taking to imagine historic trains and historic cars in the autumn sun (yes, this year we will have sun on the race weekend) with the panorama of the Engadine mountains and especially the Bernina behind us.


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