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Railway in the old days: Stuls Station

Railway in the old days: Stuls Station - UNESCO World Heritage

Right in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage area, in an open forest glade, there is a small abandoned station house bearing the name 'Stugl-Stuls' in white letters. Today, Stuls Station is the fifteenth stop on the Railway Adventure Trail Albula and thus a place history comes alive. At the beginning of the railway era, this was a bustling little place …

Selling tickets, working the points, loading and unloading goods: there was a lot to do at Stuls Station at the beginning of the 20th century. Especially since it was the only public transport connection the village had. Every day from six in the morning until eight at night, station master Angelin Flisch would be busy making sure that everything went smoothly. It was particularly hectic when the farmers were taking their animals to market – then, all the cows, goats and sheep had to be loaded onto the wagons. The birth of Angelin's son Angelo in 1947 was also exciting: those were the days when women were still giving birth at home and the midwife had to be chauffeured by draisine, or rail-bike, from Bergün to Stuls by a railway official. From the very beginning, Angelo Flisch's life was shaped by the railway – it's not really a surprise that he later became a train driver for the RhB.

Stuls Station was opened in 1903. The station was more than a mere necessity for railway operations; it was also the hub of village life for its residents: station master Flisch, his wife and five children lived on the top floor of the station building, the lineman lived next door with his family. Since the actual village was quite some way away, the station even had its own school. The school building was a hut that had been used as accommodation for workers during the building of the Albula Tunnel in Preda and was then moved to Stuls. It was later used as a cobbler's workshop and then as a canteen while the power station was being built in the 1960s. For the village residents, Stuls Station was thus a link to the outside world up until the 1970s.

Nowadays a lot of the time-consuming work that was carried out at the station takes place automatically and things have quietened down there. Today, Stuls is a remote-controlled cross point and there are no scheduled train strops there. But due to its isolation, the buildings from the past have been able to be preserved, making Stuls Station a place where history comes alive.

On foot through UNESCO World Heritage land: Railway Adventure Trail Albula

Stuls is point 15 on the Railway Adventure Trail Albula. Hikers can stop here to live and breathe the history of the station and allow themselves to be transported to former times. The Railway Adventure Trail Albula is divided into three stages in the UNESCO World Heritage 'Rhaetian Railway in the Albula/Bernina Landscapes' site from Preda to Filisur. There are 26 points of interest to be discovered on the way, from the Albula Tunnel, through the museums in Bergün to the Landwasser Viaduct just after Filisur. Every point along the way has a red information panel detailing historic and current information about the railway, technology, cultural impact and the everyday life of the Rhaetian Railway and the people of the Albula Valley. There are special children's tales told by Türli and Flidari, two scallywags, as they walk along the Railway Adventure Trail Albula. And when hikers get hungry from all the walking and discovering, there’s a wonderful open firepit near Stuls Station – the perfect place for a BBQ!

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Soaking up the beauty of nature: the Railway Adventure Trail Albula makes the UNESCO World Heritage 'Rhaetian Railway in the Albula / Bernina Landscapes' come alive, says Roman Cathomas, UNESCO World Heritage product manager for the RhB and Bernina Express.