Switzerland's Shania Twain Train Is About to Drastically Expand Service

The high-tech, high-speed scenic train is expanding service this summer.

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Here's a fun fact: Shania Twain lives on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, where she owns a home with a beautiful garden. Partly due to her residency in the country, and partly because she's a music icon, GoldenPass Express named their newest panoramic train route after Twain. The train will take you on a journey through Switzerland's gorgeous green pastures and adorable Alpine villages all while providing you with incomparable views.

The Montreux Oberland Bernois (MOB) railway's GoldenPass Express directly connects three of the country's most popular tourist destinations: Montreux, Gstaad, and Interlaken. But this journey hasn't always been possible. In the past, tourists would have to take more than one train to get to their final destination. Now, they can hop aboard the Shania Train. 

Courtesy of MOB Railways

The MOB railway has carved out its own special route made possible by new railcar technology. The company's new trains are capable of changing the gauge of their wheels and the height of their coach bodies in order to accommodate different track sizes and train platform heights.

Now passengers can stay in their seats throughout the entirety of the roughly three-hour trip. Instead of focusing on when and where their next train transfer is, they can fully immerse themselves in the gorgeous scenery passing by the train's giant panoramic windows.

Courtesy of MOB Railways

All told, the train upgrades ended up costing MOB a whopping $93.5 million (89 million Swiss Francs) for just 23 vehicles, CNN reports.

Tobias Ryser, courtesy of MOB Railways

Passengers aboard the GoldenPass Express have a choice of three classes: First Class, Second Class, and Prestige Class. First and Prestige Class travelers have the option to book an at-seat dining service.

To get things started, the new trains ran from Montreux to Interlaken and vice-versa just once a day. The service will ramp up to four return trips per day beginning June 11, which means there will now be ample opportunities to delight in this scenic, iconic train ride. Tickets and more information are available here.

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