Sunday Brunch by Train on the Churchill Red Arrow from Zurich

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Sunday Brunch by Train on the Churchill Red Arrow from Zurich

Sunday Brunch by Train on the Churchill Red Arrow from Zurich

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Brunch on Churchil red arrow train

Photo courtesy of SBB

Fancy a day trip out and breakfast too? Why not let the train take the strain and travel in style on one of the SBB’s Double Red Arrow trains with breakfast included? Swiss trains are a very civilised way to travel at any time and what could be better than having a relaxed brunch with a view in the very special Red Arrow Churchill?

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Swiss Federal Railways took delivery of the Red Arrow on 3rd May 1939 and shortly afterwards it was showcased at the 1939 National Exposition (the “Landi”) as an example of Swiss workmanship.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

“Roter Pfeil Churchill”

The official name of the train is RAe 4/8 1021 and in German it’s known as the “Roter Pfeil Churchill”. It is SBB’s oldest mainline train still in operation. For many years it was Swiss Railways fastest train with a top speed of 150 km per hour. Nowadays the fastest it travels is around 120 km per hour and it usually cruises around 80 km per hour.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

A Chequered History

The train has had a chequered history and in 1979 short after a complete overhaul it got badly damaged during a test run in the Gotthard Tunnel. It was deemed unrepairable and sold at scrap value to a private investor. In 1992 it was taken over by the Mittelthurgau Travel Agency who managed to repair it for the commemoration of 150 years of Swiss Railways in 1997. Now back in the SBB fold, it made its second maiden journey on 15th December 2002.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Inside it is kitted out with plush red seats and the tables were laid with white linen tablecloths.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

The Driver’s Cabin

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

During the journey you’re allowed to visit the driver’s cabin. Inside you see a mixture of the original machinery combined with modern tablets and screens.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Named After Winston Churchill

The “Churchill” acquired its legendary nickname after British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill travelled through Switzerland on this very locomotive in 1946. Nowadays, the Red Arrow “Churchill” can be hired as a special event train for birthdays, weddings or other occasions. In addition they run special events like Sunday Brunch on certain Sundays throughout the year.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

It’s a great way to appreciate the beauty of the landscape and a fun activity to do with friends and family. It’s also a huge privilege to be able to ride a magnificent historic train like the Churchill red Arrow. The day we set off it was a foggy January morning, so the views were not as great as usual, however, later on the fog began to lift and the sun came out.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Sunday Brunch on Selected Sundays

If you would like to experience Brunch on the train, it departs Zurich Hauptbahnhof at 10.15 and after a roundtrip via Winterthur, Frauenfeld, Hauptwil, Gossau and Effretikon, arrives back in Zurich just after 2pm. You get a welcome introductory speech from one of the staff, telling you about the journey and pointing out key pieces of information.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Brunch Onboard the Churchill Red Arrow

The brunch begins as soon as you step on the train with a selections of homemade breads, croissants  Swiss jams and honeys and a pot of coffee. You’re also given a glass of orange juice or water to begin with and there is a selection of Swiss cheese and hams to tuck into. Later on the journey you are served scrambled eggs and bacon followed by a choice of either Birchermuesli or fresh fruit salad. Along the way you can have unlimited coffee, tea and hot chocolate. If you’re feeling in a festive mood you can of course add a glass of Prosecco or wine or something else from the onboard bar.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

It’s the perfect treat for a birthday or anniversary or special event. There are various dates available throughout the year – see details below.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Next Dates for 2020:

Sunday 23rd February 2020

Sunday 29th March 2020

Sunday 26th April 2020

Sunday 31st May 2020

Sunday 28th June 2020

Sunday 30th August 2020

Sunday 27th September 2020

Sunday 25th October 2020

Sunday 29th October 2020

Sunday 20th December 2020

Prices: Adult tickets cost CHF 174 each, with HalbTax CHF 149, with a GA Card CHF 134. Children aged 6 – 16 years old are CHF 80 without a Junior Karte and CHF 67 with a Junior Karte.

The RailAway adventure trip “Brunch trip on the Red Arrow” can be booked:

For any questions, please contact RailAway AG erlebnisreisen@railaway.ch

Click here to see the next available Sunday.

You can also charter the train for special events. For details see the website here.

Brunch on The Red Arrow Churchill

Take a look at our video of the journey here:

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