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stop. — Beyond Ober-Tarvis the line gradually ascends. To the
left rises the Luschariberg (5880 ft.), with a much - frequented
255 M. Saifnitz (2615 ft.), on the watershed between the
Schlitza and the Fella, which is also the watershed between the
Black Sea and the Adriatic. The train then descends along the
Fella, which rises a little to the N. of this point, and passes the
mouth of the Wolfsbachgraben. In the background rises the jagged
Wischberg. 25872 M. Uggowitz. Near the picturesque Fort Mal-
borgeth the Fella is crossed, Beyond (261 M.) Malborgeth the train
runs through a rocky ravine, at the end of which lie the small sul¬
phur-baths of (265 M.) Lussnitz-Malborgeth. Farther on the train
again crosses the Fella and penetrates the loose slopes of the Planja-
Graben by a vaulted cutting. It then passes Leopoldskirchen on the
left, and crosses the Fickergraben and the Vogelbach.
27072 M. Pontafel (1870 ft.; ^Railway Hotel and Restaurant),
the Austrian frontier-station, where the luggage of passengers arriv¬
ing from Italy is examined. Pontafel is separated by the rushing
Pontebbana from —
271 M. Pontebba (*Railway Restaurant), the first village in
Italy, with the Italian custom-house (luggage examined). The next
part of the railway, traversing the wild ravine of the Fella (*Canal
di Ferro), is remarkable both for the grandeur of the scenery and
for the boldness displayed in the construction of the line. The train
crosses the turbulent Fella several times, and passes through numer¬
ous tunnels (24 between Pontebba and Stazione per la Carnia) and
across numerous viaducts. 278 M. Dogna, at the mouth of the valley
of that name. 279 M. Chiusaforte, at the entrance of the picturesque
Raccolana Valley. At (284 M.) Resiutta the train crosses the Resia.
Below (286 M.) Moggio the valley of the Fella expands. The bottom
of the valley is covered with rubble and intersected by numerous
small streams. At (289 M.) Stazione per la Carnia the road to the
upper Val Tagliamento diverges to the right. A little lower down
the Fella flows into the Tagliamento, which here waters an exten¬
sive plain. The train crosses the Venzonazza, and reaches —
292M. Venzone, an ancient walled town on the Tagliamento.
The train trave.rsi s the marshy valley of the Tagliamento by an im¬
posing viaduct, 72 M. in length, and then quits the basin of that
river, which flows towards the S.W. into the Adriatic Sea. —
296M. Gemona-Ospedaletto; 300 M. Magnano-Artegna; 30272 M.
Tarcento; 305 M. Tricesimo; 309 M. Reana del Rojale; 315 M.
Udine, see p. 279. From Udine to (398 M.) Venice, see pp. 279-277.