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Bodie

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This should complete it.

1131 departure operated once again by WAB. Train number R346 to Lauterbrunnen where have an arrival time of 1221 on Monday afternoon.

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We change to the BLM Line which involves taking a cable car operated by Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren (but no route number), to Grütschalp. We leave Lauterbrunnen at 12:38 and we arrive at Grütschalp station at 12:42. Monday afternoon.

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We can now take a short ride on the isolated (and half way up a mountain!) railway to Murren. We take BLM train R761 which leaves Grütschalp station at 1314 and arrives at Murren BLM station at 1328 on Monday afternoon.

We are set up for some serious cable car action by following George Lazenby in On Her Majestys Secret Service to the summit of the Schilthorn, although we might like to stay inside the cable car, unlike Jame Bond!

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Hmm, twelve minutes to get to the cable car station for the next departure. We'll be both shaken and stirred if we fail to make it in time. So we will amble through this picturesque village content with boarding the next service.

This is the LSMS (Luftseilbahn Stechelberg-Mürren-Schilthorn) 1410 departure. We get out the cable car this time only when it has arrived and it is safe to do so.
We glance at our watch, which oddly we are only just aware of. A vague memory assails us of a man with a very short name having give us the timepiece. R? Was that it?
Anyway it's now 1427 on Monday afternoon and we are looking out for baddies, we can only hope we have an uneventful journey back down the mountain...

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We return back down the mountain on the 1433 cable car, no baddies on this trip luckily and we arrive at the bottom station of the cable car, Stechelberg, Schilthornbahn at 1505 on Monday afternoon.

When I did this trip a few years ago, as we descended we could see the postbus driving along the valley towards the cable car station. Would we make it? - Its Switzerland - of course we did!

Source: bahn.de (the SBB site was misbehaving)
 
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Seems we too can watch the Postbus travel along the valley.

Just seven minutes for a seamless connection from cable car to omnibus.

1512 for our departure on PostAuto Schweiz number 141 swiftly to Lauterbrunnen, Bahnhof arriving at 1525 on the Monday afternoon.

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We jump aboard the SBB CFF FFS regional train, R158, departing Lauterbrunnen at 15:33 and we get off at Interlaken Ost where it arrives there at 15:54 on Monday afternoon.

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Walking the short distance to the waterfront we find ourselves in the Luzern Bahnhofquai. Now on water aboard the 1812 SVG (Schifffahrtsgesellschaft des Vierwaldstättersees or Lake Lucerne Navigation Company) 'Schiff' with when we take our leave has deposited us in Vitznau. The time now is 1909 on Monday evening.

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From the top of Mount Rigi the only way is down, so we return on R1170, the 2000 departure and alight at Vitznau where we arrive at 2040 on Monday evening.

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I was hoping to go down the other side of the mountain, but we can go round it by getting the 22:56 Auto AG Schwyz service 2 to Küssnacht am Rigi (Bahnhof), arriving at 23:22 Monday evening.
 
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Still moves to be had at this late hour.

The first departure by rail is our choice and we choose...

...the 0002 S3 line train which takes us to Luzern where we arrive at 0030 on Tuesday morning.

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We walk to the bus stop outside the station and get the 05:38 Bahnersatz Jahresfahrplan service TellBus to Altdorf UR (Telldenkmal), arriving at 06:19 Tuesday morning.
 

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We will head for a major rail hub.

At 0834 we set off on IR 2412 bound for Zurich HB where we arrive at 0951 still on Tuesday morning.

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We're off to sunny Spain, viva España!

Swiss flight LX 2142 pushes away from the stand at 1155 and after flying through some air finishes taxiing at 1405. We are at Valencia Airport (Manises Airport) on Tuesday afternoon.

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We transfer to the RENFE station at Xativa and we then board the 15:29 Talgo to Alicante (or Alacant) Terminal where we arrive there at 16:58 on a Tuesday afternoon.

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Hop footing it cross platform we're off inland.

IR 18083 the 1705 Renfe service to Ciudad Real. Arrival is 2102 on Tuesday night.

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We don't hang around for too long so we head to the capital. We board the 21:32 Avant A8211 non-stop to Madrid-Puerta de Atocha where the arrival time is 22:28, on a Tuesday evening.

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We then walk to Palos de la Frontera and get the 22:43 Consorcio Regional de Transportes de Madrid Line 3 service to Villaverde Alto, arriving at 23:04 Tuesday evening.

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We then decide to slowly meander back up to an airport. However, this requires a change so we make the required positioning move - boarding the N14 night bus and taking it all the way to its terminus of Cibeles. We arrive there at 00:33 the next (Wednesday) morning.

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