May 19, 2019 - 11:39 AM
in reply to cc123
Here are a couple of comments about the walk.
I last took it in 2002 on a hazy day. Images are on film, and I did not have time to dig them out and scan them.
Two were already digitized and are attached.
One is the nice view toward Bürgenstock, through the clouds. Yes, it can be cloudy. ;-(
The other is a close up of the wheel on an old caboose standing beside the trail on some short sections of rail. It may well still be there. "RSB" stands for Rigi-Scheidegg Bahn. I think it was used as a clubhouse for alumni of the RSB.
You will be walking on an old railroad roadbed, of the RSB, which is naturally rather level,
It branches off from the rail line and its parallel downhill trail between Rigi Staffel station and Rigi Staffelhöhe Station, and goes on a level path toward First. That is shown with blue dots at numbers 1 and 2 marked on the map, attached. At #2, which points to First, several trails come together. One of them, shown with yellow dots ( #3) is the fairly level roadbed of the abandoned branch line to Rigi-Kaltbad. Another, blue dots, continues along the roadbed to Rigi-Scheidegg. Part of the trail is cut off on my marked up map. You may see the whole map in the link that I provided above.
On that section, between First and Rigi-Scheidegg, is where I took those pictures. There is a short stretch of rail tunnel along the way, too.
#4, the magenta line, shows the almost level easy trail from Station Wolfertschen-First to the trail junctions at First.
Although it is likely that the cograil train will stop at Kräbel, if you wish to make sure, you will request a "Halt on Demand" (Halt an Verlangen). Somewhere in the train car there will be a labelled button to push to set the stop. At the station itself, a similar button will be there. Waving at the train does not cause it to stop. You have to send the signal.
Hope that helps,
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