The train of the Mont-Blanc valleys
History and engineering of Mont-Blanc Express

Entering Vallorcine valley

The track reaches its highest point inside Les Montets tunnel, at an elevation of 1386 m.

On the other side, the track enters Vallorcine valley. As soon as it exits the tunnel, the line begins to lose elevation in a rural environment, among pastures and larches.

Head of Tunnel des Montets on the Vallorcine side. To protect it from snowfall, a roof has been erected, and the doors are closed at night in the winter. The technical shed on the left is used to supervise the traffic of motorists in winter when the pass has to be closed.
Head of Tunnel des Montets on the Vallorcine side. To protect it from snowfall, a roof has been erected, and the doors are closed at night in the winter. The technical shed on the left is used to supervise the traffic of motorists in winter when the pass has to be closed.
In the Vallorcine valley, one can notice the hamlet of Les Granges half-way in the slope.
In the Vallorcine valley, one can notice the hamlet of Les Granges half-way in the slope. Auteur : David Gubler.
The track among larches.
The track among larches.
A Z 800 train is cruising at the feet of Cornes de Loriaz (the horn-shaped mountain).
A Z 800 train is cruising at the feet of Cornes de Loriaz (the horn-shaped mountain).
After a curve, the track starts to go down to the Le Buet stop. The summit in the snow is called <em>Bel Oiseau<em> (“cute bird”).
After a curve, the track starts to go down to the Le Buet stop. The summit in the snow is called Bel Oiseau (“cute bird”).
A Z 850 train, climbinging the 70 mm/m ramp, is about to enter tunnel des Montets. It is passing over a road used in the winter by motorists when the pass is closed. This road shares the tunnel with the railway.
A Z 850 train, climbinging the 70 mm/m ramp, is about to enter tunnel des Montets. It is passing over a road used in the winter by motorists when the pass is closed. This road shares the tunnel with the railway.
In March 2006, a Z 600 is trapped in the snow near Le Buet stop.
In March 2006, a Z 600 is trapped in the snow near Le Buet stop. Auteur : Jean-Paul Berchem.
See from Le Buet stop, a Z 800 train has just come out Les Montets tunnel.
See from Le Buet stop, a Z 800 train has just come out Les Montets tunnel.
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