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Encyclopedia > Rail transport in Switzerland
Rail transport in Switzerland
Network size 5,063 km
Broad gauge 0 km on - m
 :Electrified 0 km
Standard gauge 3,652 km on 1.435 m
 :Electrified 3,641 km
Narrow gauge 1,383 km on mainly 1.0 m
 :Electrified 1,353 km

The railroads of Switzerland include standard gauge (1.435 meters) and narrow gauge (usually 1 meter, occasionally less). List of countries by rail transport network size These figures include routes which are not used for passenger services. ... Great Western Railway broad gauge steam locomotives awaiting scrapping in 1892 after the conversion to standard gauge. ... An electric multiple unit pulling into Tile Hill station; Coventry, England. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... Narrow-gauge railways are railroads (railways) with track spaced at less than the standard gauge of 4 ft 8 in (1. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... Narrow-gauge railways are railroads (railways) with track spaced at less than the standard gauge of 4 ft 8 in (1. ...

  • Network size: 5'063 km
  • standard gauge: 3'652 km 1.435-m gauge (3'641 km electrified)
  • narrow gauge: 1'383 km (1'353 km electrified), mostly 1.000-m gauge, some 0.800-m gauge and one line (Waldenburgerbahn, 13 km) 0.750-m gauge.

(Data 2004, Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications) List of countries by rail transport network size These figures include routes which are not used for passenger services. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude this page lists lengths between 106 and 107 m (1,000 and 10,000 km). ... The Federal Department of Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (in Italian Dipartimento federale dell, dei trasporti, dell e delle comunicazioni (DATEC)) is one of the seven departments of Swiss federal government, headed by a member of the Swiss Federal Council. ...


Nearly all of the Swiss standard gauge railroads are part of the nationwide SBB-CFF-FFS (Schweizer Bundesbahn) system, which also includes affiliated standard gauge lines such as BLS (Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon). Swiss Federal Railways (SBB-CFF-FFS) is the national railway company of Switzerland. ... The city of Bern, English traditionally Berne (Swiss German Bärn , German Bern , French Berne , Italian Berna , Romansh Berna ), is the Bundesstadt (capital) of Switzerland, and is the fourth most populous Swiss city after Zürich, Geneva and Basel). ...

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Narrow gauge lines

RhB, FO, and BVZ

The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) is the longest narrow-gauge railway in Switzerland, linking Disentis, Davos and St. Moritz in the high Alps with Chur, a rail junction with the SBB. It passes through the upper Rhine Valley and several side valleys, as well as the Engadin, the upper valley of the Inn River. Total length: 366 kilometers. The RhB (Rhaetian Railway / Rhätische Bahn (German) / Ferrovia Retica (Italian) / Viafier Retica (Rumantsch)) has the largest network of all the private railways in Switzerland. ... Weissflujoch Davos (population 13,000) is a town in eastern Switzerland, in the canton Graubünden, on the Landwasser River. ... St. ... Lej da Segl and Lej da Silvaplauna, Upper Engadin Piz Roseg and Vadret da Roseg as seen from Fuorcla Surlej The Engadin is a high-lying east-west valley in the south of the Inn River in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland, famous for its sunny climate and...


The Furka-Oberalp-Bahn (FO) is a narrow-gauge railway in the high southern alps. Its name refers to two passes, the Furka and the Oberalp. The Furka pass lies at the upper end of the Rhone valley. The Oberalp is the highest railway pass in the Alps at 2033 meters, and lies at the upper end of the Rhine valley. Total length of the railroad is 100 kilometers, and the line runs from Brig to Disentis. The Furka-Oberalp-Bahn is a narrow gauge railway in Switzerland with a gauge of 1,000 mm (1 m). ... The Alps is the collective name for one of the great mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria in the east, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany, through to France in the west. ... The Rhine canyon (Ruinaulta) in Graubünden in Switzerland Length 1,320 km Elevation of the source Vorderrhein: approx. ...


The Brig-Visp-Zermatt (BVZ) railway, commonly known as the BVZ Zermatt-Bahn, is a short line between Brig and Zermatt. It passes through the Visp and Matt Valleys, tributaries of the Rhone River. Total length: 43 kilometers. BVZ Zermatt-Bahn is a narrow gauge railway in the Canton of Switzerland. ... In June, the Matterhorn is still snow-covered, while it is spring in Zermatt below. ... Visp (French: Viège) is a municipality in the Canton of Valais in Switzerland. ... Length 800 km Elevation of the source 1753 m Average discharge 1800 m³/ s Area watershed 100,200 km² Origin Rhône glacier Mouth Mediterranean Sea Basin countries Switzerland, France The River Rhône ( Latin Rhodanus, French Rhône, Occitan Rose, German Rotten) is one of the major rivers (ca. ...


In 2003, the FO and BVZ merged to form the Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn. The Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn (MGB) is a narrow gauge railway in Switzerland. ...


The Glacier Express runs on the three lines. A one-day trip in panoramic view cars takes tourists from Zermatt to St. Moritz, through some of the most spectacular scenery of the Alps.


Further lines

The Gornergrat Bahn climbs for nine kilometers from an elevation of 1600 meters near the Zermatt station of the Zermatt RR to a 3000 meter high end station on the shoulder of the Monte Rosa Mountain. The entire route is a rack-and-pinion railway, or "Zahnradbahn" in German. railway is a mountain railway with a special centre rack rail mounted in the middle of the sleepers between the regular rails. ...


The Berner Oberland Bahn is a 24 kilometer line from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. It begins at Interlaken Ost station and divides at Zweiluetschinen, about 10 kilometers south of Interlaken. The western branch leads to Lauterbrunnen, while the eastern branch leads to Grindelwald. It is possible to make a loop by taking the Lauterbrunnen branch and returning via the Grindelwald branch. The two branches are connected by the Wengernalp Bahn. A train of the BOB in Interlaken The Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB, pro. ... From Wengen one can see the Staubbach Falls in the Lauterbrunnen valley. ... Categories: Switzerland geography stubs | Switzerland | Ski resorts | Municipalities of Berne ...


The Wengernalpbahn is a 19 kilometer line from Lauterbunnen to Grindelwald, leading over the Eiger ridge at the junction station of Kleine Scheidegg. In the winter, this junction is a ski resort served by many lifts and trails, as well as the rail line. Skiers can ride the train from the valleys below to return to the top of the runs. The Wengernalpbahn (or WAB) is a 19. ...


The Jungfraubahn, which is also rack-and-pinion throughout, starts at Kleine Scheidegg and runs 9 kilometers through tunnels in the Eiger and Mönch, leading to the "Jungfraujoch," a saddle between the Mönch and the Jungfrau summits. At the saddle are a visitor center and an observatory. The Aletsch Glacier, largest in Europe, runs to the south toward the Rhone valley. The Jungfraubahn (JB) is an 1000 millimetre gauge rack railway electrified at 1,125 volts, which runs 9 kilometres from Kleine Scheidegg to the highest railway station in Europe at Jungfraujoch. ... The features of the north face of the Eiger. ...


The Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren (BLM) is a 6 km long, hybrid funicular and adhesion railway. The funicular above Lauterbrunnen Two trains pass in Winteregg station The Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren (BLM) is a mountain railway in the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland, which connects the communes of Lauterbrunnen and Mürren. ... Adhesion is the molecular attraction exerted between bodies in contact. ...


The Montreux-Oberland Bernois line runs 75 kilometers from Montreux on Lake Geneva (Lac Leman in French) to Zweisimmen, with a connecting line to Lenk im Simmental. The section from Montreux to Zweisimmen, approximately 63 kilometers long, is part of the "Golden Pass Panorama" trip from Montreux to Lucerne, a trip which combines rides on the MOB, the BLS and the Brunig lines. The MOB railway, Chemins de fer Montreux-Oberland Bernois is a 75km long narrow-gauge (1000 mm) railway in southwest Switzerland which runs from Montreux to Zweisimmen where passengers can transfer to the standard-gauge BLS railway, and there is also an MOB branch line from Zweisimmen to Lenk. ... Montreux is a resort town in the Canton of Vaud, Switzerland, on Lake Geneva with a population of 22,897. ... The Jet dEau fountain in Lake Geneva in Geneva Lake Geneva (French: Lac Léman, Le Léman or Lac de Genève, (German: Genfersee) is the second largest freshwater lake in central Europe (after Lake Balaton), divided between France (Haute-Savoie) and Switzerland (cantons of Vaud, Geneva, and Valais). ...


From Interlaken, the narrow-gauge Brünigbahn section of SBB runs 74 kilometers further to Lucerne. It skirts Lake Brienz and passes through the range of mountains to the north of the lake via Brunig pass, and then drops into the Sarner Aa valley to Lucerne. Interlaken is a small town in the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. ... Lucerne (German: Luzern) is a city in Central Switzerland with a population of 60,274 (31 December 2003), capital of the canton of Lucerne. ... Lake Brienz as seen from the mountains above it Lake Brienz (German: Brienzersee) is a lake in the Canton of Bern in Switzerland. ...


At Brienz the Brienz Rothorn Bahn (BRB), a steam hauled cog-railway, ascends to near the summit of the Brienzer Rothorn. Brienz is a municipality in the Interlaken (district) of the Canton of Berne in Switzerland. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


See also

Transportation in Switzerland Railways Main article: Swiss railroads total: 4492 km (1,564 km double track) standard gauge: 3483 km 1. ...

External links

  • Swiss narrow gauge railways (http://www.rail-info.ch/index.en.html)

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