As slow as a tram, the Arosa Railway saunters through Chur, passing the city wall, the Maltesterturm and Obertor, all hallmarks of Graubünden`s capital city.
But before you know it, the city tour is over and you are on a different track, crossing the city`s boundary as the Arosa Railway becomes a mountain railway meandering through the wild Schanfigger valley and upwards to Arosa.
The Arosa route is a mountain railway and the tight curves, steep inclines and appropriately adapted speeds are all characteristics of the journey between Chur and Arosa. Most of the trains between Chur and Arosa will be pulled by the Ge 4/4" engine - in some cases as a normal service train and in others as commuter trains. The latter always have the engine hooked up to the side facing the mountain and the railcar at the other end.
The Arosa-Express is a special train and it`s not just the all-blue livery decorated with flowers and snowflakes that makes it different from the other trains on this route, but mainly the comfort it offers. The first class coaches were built in saloon style and are equipped with comfortable seats and large windows. They originated from modifications to existing vehicles and it can also be said that even the baggage carriage is RhB "exotic. The rail cars themselves are also modifications originating from the old Arosabahn that were powered by direct current motors.
The Arosa line trains drive almost exclusively in an hourly service non-stop between Chur and Arosa and for this reason the crossings are mostly at the same stations. In only a few cases will you see FAK or goods trains on this line as the somewhat rare goods wagons are usually hooked up to the passenger trains whenever this is possible. The only exception to this is in St. Peter where the log dispatch area is located on a separate siding and there you may occasionally see an engine pulling fully loaded wagons down to Chur and Landquart.