It was Piorot who dun it. Saturday night's episode, Labours of Hercules, had the most gorgeous scenery of Swiss Alps and a wonderful hotel in the mountain village of Rochers de Nay above Montreux. Piorot travelled up to the hotel on a funicular. I have spent some considerable time this Sunday past establishing details about the Hercule Piorot tv show episode titled The Labours of Hercules.
The funicular was not the one to get to Rochers de Nay which is serviced by a cog railway train*, but the one at Saint Hilaire du Touvet, the closest large town you may know being Lyon in France.
It's been a while since I have posted a funicular. Switzerland is full of them, hence much distraction looking at various funiculars. Remember how they work? They are cable hauled by a motor at the top and one balances out the other as one goes up a hill as the other descends. There is normally one or two passing places. They are used where a train is unsuitable and the hill is too steep for a conventional tram.
As for the hotel that was shown as being at Rochers de Nay, I say no. But how gorgeous to breakfast in the sunlight on the terrace overlooking the snow laden Swiss Alps.
Ok, it is Halton House in Buckinghamshire that was used as the Swiss Alps hotel.
*Cog railway is a train assisted by rack between the tracks and a cog under the train to engage with the rack. As well as the normal power source and braking, the train also uses the rack and cog. Such a system is necessary when a train has to ascend or descend a very steep hill. The alternative used in both New South Wales in days of old and in India even now, is to zig zag a train up a hill. Zig zagging does take time.
Later edit: If you think you might like Switzerland, have a read of Bill and Diane's travel in the country.