gex glacier express

I've heard complaints about the food quality on this train. Is it allowed to bring your own food & drink on the glacier express

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8761 posts

I've always wondered - never seen because I prefer to ride those trains with the windows open in 2nd class of the normal trains - what do you do when you are on the flat when using a tippy glass? Does the wine tip out?

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6735 posts

It's not that great and you can bring on your own food. One momento we brought home, however, was the small tilted wine glasses that when going up or down the steepest hills, your small glass of wine is level. Cute and a nice conversation piece.

Posted by Andre L.
Tilburg, Netherlands
2176 posts

Nigel, I think the latest rolling stock also has modern sealed windows on 2nd class? It's much nicer to have closed windows with forced ventilation: you get the fresh air without the annoyance of wind and much of the noise :)

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8761 posts

and miss the sound of the wheels on the rails, the sound of the cowbells just below, the sound of the river, the change of the temperature of the wind when you go next to the glacier or ice field, the sound of the annunciator bell when the train arrives on the next track. To me, that's like watching it on TV. We have to agree to disagree, I think, Andre. Different generations, I think.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6735 posts

I recall that our GE train cars had the sealed windows. My pictures of Andermatt and other beautiful places were taken through a window. Wind and noise aside, there's nothing better than dropping the upper window and taking nice pictures without the interference of a window.

Posted by Andre L.
Tilburg, Netherlands
2176 posts

Larry, some GE stock have a sort-of photo platform on the vestibules at the end of some cars, where you could open a window and take pics (while standing of course). The rest of the rail car has sealed windows.

Posted by Donald
staten island, new york, usa
4 posts

All the info you all shared will be greatly helpful. Leaving this sunday for switz. Please share any advise you might have for Lucerne, pontresina, Zermatt, Lausanne and murren.