510 SBB Olten - Luzern

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The Olten - Luzern line is a busy passenger route linking Basel, Bern and western Switzerland with Luzern and the Gotthard route to Italy. It's not the most exciting line scenically but there is some pleasant open countryside, particularly between Nebikon and Sursee. In addition to the passenger trains, the line sees some local freight traffic and still had a few Ae6/6 workings in late 2012.

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600 SBB Luzern - Chiasso (Gotthard)

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The Gotthard combines the superb scenery of the Swiss Alps with heavy passenger and freight traffic, making it a prime target for photography. The climb from Erstfeld to Göschenen is particularly photogenic and involves a climb of over 600m vertically. On this section, the line has to negotiate several spirals and horseshoe curves, cross viaducts and bore through numerous tunnels and avalanche shelters. In addition to the standard SBB classes, the Gotthard also sees locos from other operators, principally BLS, Crossrail and DB, adding considerable variety.

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210 SBB Lausanne - Biel (Jurafuss S)

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The Lausanne - Biel/Bienne line is the southern part of the route linking Basel and Zürich in the north with Lausanne and Genève in the south, running parallel to, and south east of, the Jura mountains. Scenery is pleasant rather than spectacular but there are a number of good locations, particularly south of Yverdon-les-Bains. Passenger traffic is almost entirely worked by units south of Biel but there's a healthy level of freight traffic and a number of trains were regularly hauled by Ae6/6s in late 2012.

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100 SBB Lausanne - Brig (Rhone Valley)

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From Lausanne this scenic line follows the north shore of Lake Geneva to Villeneuve then continues along the Rhone Valley to Brig, at the north portal of the Simplon Tunnel in the heart of the Alps. The line carries both domestic and international traffic, including a half-hourly loco-hauled passenger service and a fair amount of freight.

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