updated : 2016/07/20
8 photos
100 Lausanne - Brig

100 Lausanne - Brig

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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updated : 2016/09/04
12 photos
142-143 MGB Disentis - Visp

142-143 MGB Disentis - Visp

The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn was formed by the merger of the Brig Visp Zermatt and Furka Oberalp railways in 2003 and runs from Zermatt to meet the RhB at Disentis. The route goes via Visp, Brig, the Furka base tunnel and the Oberalp Pass (No prizes for guessing where its predecessors got their names). The photos here were taken around Andermatt and Disentis from 2009 onwards.
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updated : 2016/07/20
15 photos
210 Lausanne - Biel/Bienne

210 Lausanne - Biel/Bienne

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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updated : 2016/07/20
15 photos
300 BLS Lötschberg Line

300 BLS Lötschberg Line

The Lötschberg main line is a busy freight and passenger route across the Swiss Alps. As well as being a major trunk route, it’s a scenic delight and a real engineering marvel. These pictures were taken in the last weeks before the opening of the base tunnel that bypasses the most scenic sections of the line.
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updated : 2016/07/20
9 photos
310 Interlaken - Spiez

310 Interlaken - Spiez

The Spiez - Interlaken line is less than 20km long and is unphotographable for much of its length. However, one of the few good shots on the line is the classic position at Faulensee, overlooking the Thunersee.
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updated : 2016/07/20
5 photos
311-312 Wengernalpbahn

311-312 Wengernalpbahn

The Wengernalpbahn operates two short 800mm gauge, 1500V DC, rack lines in the Bernese Oberland, linking Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald with Kleine Scheidegg, where they connect with the Jungfraubahn. Motive power is entirely EMUs and motor coaches, some of them dating from the 1940s.
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updated : 2016/07/20
4 photos
311-312 Jungfraubahn

311-312 Jungfraubahn

The Jungfraubahn operates the highest railway in Europe, terminating 3454m above sea level at Jungfraujoch. It's a metre gauge rack line and one of the few railways to still use a 3-phase electrification system to power its EMUs and motor coaches.
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updated : 2016/07/21
4 photos
314 Schynige Platte Bahn

314 Schynige Platte Bahn

The Schynige Platte Bahn is a short, 800mm gauge line in the Bernese Oberland, electrified at 1500V DC and operated by ancient 4-wheel electric locomotives, all of them now over 100 years old.
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updated : 2016/07/20
10 photos
320 Spiez - Zweisimmen

320 Spiez - Zweisimmen

The Spiez - Zweisimmen line is a standard gauge electrified branch operated by BLS and connecting the Lötschberg main line with the northern end of the MOB metre gauge line to Montreux. Most trains are worked by EMUs but there are a handful of loco hauled workings as well.
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updated : 2016/07/20
28 photos
410 Biel/Bienne - Olten

410 Biel/Bienne - Olten

This is the northern end of the Jurafuss 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. The Biel - Konstanz IR service is mostly loco worked but local passengers are all units. Freight traffic is reasonably heavy with oil tanks and postal traffic predominating. A few freights were still worked by class Ae6/6 locos in late 2012.
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updated : 2016/07/20
17 photos
470 Interlaken - Luzern

470 Interlaken - Luzern

The Interlaken - Luzern line, also known as the Brünigbahn, is metre gauge but, like the MGB and RhB, has a main line character. Until late 2013 most IR services were worked by locomotives north of Meiringen and 1940s built motor luggage vans between there and Interlaken.
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updated : 2016/07/21
11 photos
510 Olten - Luzern

510 Olten - Luzern

The Olten - Luzern line runs through pleasant countryside and was one of the last lines where Ae6/6s worked freight, making it a must for a visit in the summer of 2012 when the class was living on borrowed time. There were plenty of other loco hauled trains around as well.
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updated : 2016/09/04
96 photos
600 Gotthardbahn

600 Gotthardbahn

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, several spirals and horseshoe curves, viaducts, 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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updated : 2016/09/04
6 photos
800 Zürich area

800 Zürich area

A series of photos taken around Switzerland's busiest station, Zürich HB, where classic Re4/4iis rub shoulders with Class 460s and all shapes and sizes of EMU.
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updated : 2016/07/21
7 photos
880 Chur - St.Gallen

880 Chur - St.Gallen

The Chur - St.Gallen line wasn't particularly busy or particularly scenic but it did have loco hauled passengers as late as 2013 and there were some very attractive mountain backgrounds especially around Sevelen.
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updated : 2016/07/21
4 photos
900 Zürich - Chur

900 Zürich - Chur

A handful of pictures taken at Chur and Sargans on various evenings, at twilight, in the dark and in the snow.
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updated : 2016/07/20
55 photos
910 RhB Chur - Davos / Scuol-Tarasp

910 RhB Chur - Davos / Scuol-Tarasp

The Landquart - Davos line runs through the Prättigau, as the valley of the Landquart River is known. It connects the resorts of Klosters and Davos to the SBB at Landquart and now serves a through route to the Unterengadin via the Vereina Tunnel, opened in 1999. The line isn’t as spectacular as the Albula route but does have some very pleasant locations and sees a good variety of traction on passenger services.
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updated : 2016/07/18
14 photos
915 RhB Davos - Filisur

915 RhB Davos - Filisur

This is one of the quieter lines on the RhB system but is certainly not devoid of interest. From Filisur it follows the Landwasser river east through deeply incised gorges until the valley widens on the approach to Davos. The line has seen a variety of traction over the past few years, including Ge4/4i, Ge4/4ii amd Ge4/4iii class locos.
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updated : 2016/07/21
45 photos
920 Chur - Disentis (RhB)

920 Chur - Disentis (RhB)

This line leaves the Albula route at Reichenau-Tamins and follows the Vorderrhein valley west to Disentis/Muster where it makes an end on connection with the former Furka-Oberalp (now MGB) metre gauge line to Andermatt and Brig. Traffic is fairly heavy with Glacier Express and freight trains in addition to the regular passenger services.
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updated : 2016/07/18
111 photos
940 RhB Chur - St.Moritz

940 RhB Chur - St.Moritz

The Albula route is the Rhätischebahn’s principal main line and links Chur with St Moritz via Reichenau-Tamins, Thusis, Filisur and Samedan. Trains climb to a summit 1823m above sea level in the 5.8km Albula Tunnel that gives access to the Oberengadin. The route includes the famous Landwasser viaduct and a series of spirals above Bergün. Needless to say, it's a spectacularly scenic railway.
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updated : 2016/07/18
39 photos
950 RhB St.Moritz - Tirano

950 RhB St.Moritz - Tirano

The Berninabahn links St. Moritz with Tirano, just across the border in Italy. Despite being an RhB line, it has a character of its own and retains the original 1000V DC power supply. The line is adhesion only and climbs on gradients as steep as 1 in 14 to a summit 2253m above sea level, the highest crossing of the Alps by a conventional railway. It remains open throughout the winter, when the snow can be above roof height at the summit.
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updated : 2016/07/18
48 photos
960 RhB Pontresina - Scuol-Tarasp

960 RhB Pontresina - Scuol-Tarasp

This line serves the Engadin or the valley of the river En, known as the Inn when it reaches Austria. The Upper Engadin is a beautiful, broad, green alpine valley surrounded by high peaks. Understandably, it's very popular with tourists and the resorts of St Moritz, Samedan and Pontresina provide plenty of business for the RhB. The railway continues to Scuol-Tarasp deep in the Lower Engadin, a remote area made much more accessible by the opening of the Vereina Tunnel in 1999.
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updated : 2016/09/04
80 photos
Class 420, 421, 430 and 436 electrics

Class 420, 421, 430 and 436 electrics

These are all minor variants of the classic SBB Re4/4ii design dating from 1964 and in series production from 1967 to 1985. All 302 locos had traditional tapchanger control and single phase AC motors. The majority are still in service with SBB Cargo but the passenger sector has almost 100, while BLS and Crossrail have a handful each
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updated : 2016/07/20
13 photos
Class 425 (BLS Re4/4) electrics

Class 425 (BLS Re4/4) electrics

Class 425 are the BLS Re4/4 locos, roughly equivalent to the SBB Re4/4ii but slightly more powerful. A total of 35 were built between 1964 and 1983 and most are still in service today with BLS Cargo. The last passenger duties for the 425s were on the Interlaken - Zweisimmen route in 2013.
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updated : 2016/09/04
23 photos
Class 460 electrics

Class 460 electrics

SBB acquired a total of 119 powerful Class 460 electrics between 1991 and 1996. Equipped with inverter driven 3-phase motors and capable of 200km/h, they all belong to SBB's passenger sector although many were with the freight sector initially. They're not particularly attractive locos and many carry hideous advertising liveries (but I tend not to photograph them).
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updated : 2016/09/04
12 photos
Class 482 and 485 electrics

Class 482 and 485 electrics

The BLS Class 485 locos and SBB Class 482s are Bombardier Traxx F140AC dual system electrics, equipped for operation from 15kV and 25kV AC systems, like the German Class 185s also included here. They are most common on freights from Germany to the Swiss/Italian border via the Lötschberg and Gotthard routes.
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updated : 2016/09/04
5 photos
Class 484 and 486 electrics

Class 484 and 486 electrics

SBB Class 484 and BLS Class 486 are Bombardier Traxx MS multi-system electrics, capable of working in Italy as well as Switzerland (and, in the case of the 486s, Germany). German registered class 186s are also Traxx MS and included here.
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updated : 2016/07/21
10 photos
Class 610 electrics

Class 610 electrics

The classic Ae6/6 Co-Co electrics were introduced in 1955 and remained in service with SBB Cargo until late in 2012. A few enjoyed a brief revival in 2013 but have since been withdrawn permanently. Originally designed for working the Gotthard route, they ended their days in the flatter parts of northern and western Switzerland.
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updated : 2016/09/04
32 photos
Class 620 electrics

Class 620 electrics

The SBB Re6/6 is effectively an enlarged Re4/4ii with a Bo-Bo-Bo wheel arrangement but delivers well over 50% more power than its smaller cousins. A total of 89 were built between 1972 and 1980 and most remain in service with SBB Cargo.
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updated : 2016/09/04
8 photos
Class 500 EMUs

Class 500 EMUs

The SBB Class 500 tilting InterCity EMUs, also known as ICN units, are used on long distance services, principally between Geneve/Lausanne and Basel/St.Gallen and between Basel/Zürich and Lugano. The 44 7-car units are 15kV only and don't venture outside Switzerland.
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updated : 2016/09/04
9 photos
Class 503 EMUs (ETR610)

Class 503 EMUs (ETR610)

The ETR610 tilting EMU is a dual system version of the Italian ETR600, operated by SBB and Trenitalia on cross-border services. SBB class them as RABe503 but they all carry numbers in the Italian 610 series. Some can be found on domestic Swiss ICNs between Basel or Zürich and Lugano.
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updated : 2016/08/25
6 photos
Class 521-524 EMUs

Class 521-524 EMUs

SBB uses Stadler Flirt EMUs on many local services. Some are equipped to be used on cross-border services to France, Germany and Italy.
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updated : 2016/07/21
5 photos
Class 560-562 EMUs

Class 560-562 EMUs

Class 560 to 562 EMUs are, strictly speaking, single ended motor coaches that operate with matching trailers. They can be found on SBB operated local services all over Switzerland.
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updated : 2016/07/18
72 photos
RhB Class Ge4/4i electrics

RhB Class Ge4/4i electrics

The first four Ge4/4i Bo-Bos were built for the RhB's 11kV network in 1947 with six more following in 1953. They were extensively rebuilt in the late 1980s but retained tapchanger control. The class was scheduled for withdrawal in 2012 but four locos have been retained for specials and other ad-hoc workings.
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updated : 2016/07/21
58 photos
RhB Class Ge4/4ii electrics

RhB Class Ge4/4ii electrics

The 23 Ge4/4ii form the largest class on RhB's 11kV network and were delivered in two batches, in 1973 and 1984. Although they outwardly resemble the SBB Re4/4ii, they're more advanced with thyristor control and DC traction motors. They can be seen all over the 11kV network on passenger and freight trains and dominate services from Disentis and Pontresina to Scuol-Tarasp.
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updated : 2016/07/21
67 photos
RhB Class Ge4/4iii electrics

RhB Class Ge4/4iii electrics

The Ge4/4iii are the RhB's most powerful locomotives and operate most passenger services on the Chur - St.Moritz route and the car shuttles through the Vereina Tunnel. They do also appear elsewhere on the 11kV network on passenger services and on freight. Most carry advertising liveries.
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updated : 2016/07/21
42 photos
RhB Class Ge6/6ii electrics

RhB Class Ge6/6ii electrics

The seven Ge6/6ii Bo-Bo-Bos are the RhB's principal freight locomotives, operating most freights on the 11kV network. The first two were built 1958, followed by the other five in 1965. It wasn't unusual to find a Ge6/6ii on a passenger train a few years ago but it's much less common since the arrival of the Allegra EMUs.
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updated : 2016/07/21
22 photos
RhB Class ABe4/4ii motor coaches

RhB Class ABe4/4ii motor coaches

Nine ABe4/4ii motor coaches were built for the Berninabahn between 1964 and 1972 and handled most services on the line until 2010, often working in pairs with a number of conventional coaches in tow. The arrival of the ABe4/12s in 2010 led to their withdrawal from passenger service although three remain in departmental use.
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updated : 2016/07/18
12 photos
RhB Class ABe4/4iii motor coaches

RhB Class ABe4/4iii motor coaches

The six ABe4/4iii were built for the Berninabahn between 1988 and 1990 and are similar to the ABe4/4ii in appearance but quite different technically with 3-phase AC drives. They are still in service but now carry advertising liveries which detract greatly from their appearance.
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updated : 2016/07/21
8 photos
RhB Class ABe8/12 EMUs

RhB Class ABe8/12 EMUs

The ABe8/12 "Allegra" EMUs were introduced in 2010 and took over services on the Chur- Arosa line as well as most trains on the Berninabahn and between Landquart, Davos and Filisur. These dual voltage units are more powerful than anything else on the RhB and can sometimes be seen working freights.
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updated : 2016/07/21
4 photos
RhB Be4/4 Class motor coaches

RhB Be4/4 Class motor coaches

The Be4/4 motor coaches were primarily used on suburban services around Chur and Landquart but could operate anywhere on the RhB's 11kV network. They were displaced from their suburban duties by new ABe4/16 units a few years ago.
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updated : 2016/07/21
4 photos
SPB Class He2/2 electrics

SPB Class He2/2 electrics

These 4-wheel, 800mm gauge, 1500V DC rack electrics are all now over 100 years old and still in daily service from May to October each year. They operate all regular services on the Schynige Platte Bahn, close to Interlaken, which climbs 1400m in 7km.
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updated : 2016/07/21
12 photos
ZB Class 110 motor luggage vans

ZB Class 110 motor luggage vans

Originally equipped with rack gear for working through services between Luzern and Interlaken, these motor luggage vans were introduced in 1941 and rebuilt between 1986 and 1994 as adhesion only. They were then relegated to working local services but returned to express duty on the gently graded Interlaken - Meiringen section for their last few years in traffic.
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updated : 2016/09/04
13 photos
BLS Cargo

BLS Cargo

BLS Cargo has evolved into an international freight operator, handling block trains all over Switzerland and into neighbouring countries. Its fleet still includes many Class 425 and 465 electrics but these only operate in Switzerland. A number of Bombardier Traxx Class 485 and 486 (equivalent to German Classes 185 and 186) have been acquired to work into Germany and Italy.
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updated : 2016/07/21
15 photos
BLS (passenger)

BLS (passenger)

BLS passenger operations are centred on Bern and the company operates most local services in Canton Bern as well as longer distance routes east to Luzern, west to Neuchatel and via the Lötschberg line to Brig. Most services are operated by EMUs but there are still a small and steadily shrinking number of loco hauled trains.
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updated : 2016/07/21
6 photos
CrossRail

CrossRail

CrossRail specialises in long distance transit freight between northern Europe and Italy via the Lötschberg and Gotthard routes and operates a fleet of German registered Bombardier Traxx electrics. It also has a few Class 436, very similar to SBB Re4/4iii, inherited from RM when CrossRail was set up in 2004.
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updated : 2016/08/25
6 photos
DB Cargo

DB Cargo

DB operates freight trains in Switzerland using a fleet of class 185 (Bombardier Traxx) electrics fitted with Swiss pantographs and signalling equipment. Since these pictures were taken, DB has dissolved its partnership with BLS and now operates its trains in conjunction with SBB.
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updated : 2016/07/21
287 photos
RhB Rhätischebahn

RhB Rhätischebahn

The Rhätischebahn operates an extensive electrified metre gauge system in the Canton of Graubünden in south-east Switzerland. Its lines run through spectacular Alpine scenery, linking upmarket resorts to the SBB system at Landquart and Chur. Most passenger trains are still locomotive hauled and there is some freight traffic.
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updated : 2016/09/04
63 photos
SBB Cargo

SBB Cargo

SBB Cargo is the freight arm of Switzerland's national operator and operates the wagonload freight network in Switzerland in addition to long distance block trains, many of them in transit between northern Europe and Italy. Most trains are still operated by 1960s vintage locos of classes Re4/4ii (420) and Re6/6 (620) with SBBC's more modern locos being used abroad.
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updated : 2016/09/04
100 photos
SBB (passenger)

SBB (passenger)

SBB operate passenger trains on the standard gauge network across Switzerland, with a few exceptions, e.g. local services on BLS and SOB lines. Many long distance trains are loco hauled, often by class 460 locos on double-deck push-pull sets, but older locos and traditional stock can still be found. Local services are mainly operated by EMUs.
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updated : 2016/09/04
412 photos
electric locos

electric locos

There's very little of Switzerland's railway system that's not electrified and electric locos can be found on many passenger services as well as freight. Many different types of loco can be seen, Swiss and foreign owned, private and nationalised, standard and metre gauge.
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updated : 2016/08/25
7 photos
diesel locos

diesel locos

Switzerland is well known for its electric railways but there are still sidings and short branches that aren't wired and trains occasionally have to be rescued when the power fails. As a result, there is a requirement for diesel locos but nothing particularly big or impressive.
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updated : 2016/09/04
118 photos
EMUs & motor coaches

EMUs & motor coaches

Swiss railways have traditionally used motor coaches and trailers instead of proper EMUs but that has changed in recent years and multiple units are now in fashion. The motor coach category includes the motor luggage vans used by the MGB and ZB, which are locomotives in all but name.
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updated : 2016/09/04
119 photos
freight

freight

Rail freight is still big business in Switzerland with plenty of wagonload traffic in addition to block trains and transit freight. SBB Cargo operate most trains but independent operators, such as BLS and CrossRail, also have a presence, as does DB. There is also some freight on the metre gauge RhB system.
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updated : 2016/09/04
314 photos
loco hauled passenger

loco hauled passenger

Locomotive hauled passenger trains are still fairly common in Switzerland although multiple units are steadily making inroads. In addition to InterCity and other long distance trains, there are also loco hauled passengers on several metre gauge lines and at least one narrow gauge rack line. This gallery includes trains hauled by motor luggage vans on the MGB and ZB as they're locos in all but name.
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updated : 2016/09/04
205 photos
standard gauge

standard gauge

Switzerland has an extensive standard gauge network linking the major towns and cities with each other and with neighbouring countries. Some of the busiest lines are the transalpine routes, the Gotthard and Lötschberg, which carry heavy freight traffic between northern Europe and Italy.
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updated : 2016/07/21
319 photos
metre gauge

metre gauge

Switzerland has a number of metre gauge main line railways running through mountainous areas. There are also many minor lines. Pride of place goes to the Rhätischebahn, still largely operated with locos and coaches, followed by the Matterhorn - Gotthard Bahn and the Zentralbahn. All three lines are featured here.
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updated : 2016/07/21
9 photos
narrow gauge

narrow gauge

This gallery covers lines with a gauge of less than 1 metre, usually 800mm rack lines. At the moment only the Schynige Platte and Wengernalp lines are featured.
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updated : 2016/07/21
16 photos
rack lines

rack lines

As well as pure rack railways there are a number of metre gauge lines that use rack on the steepest gradients but are otherwise adhesion operated. This gallery features both types of line but not the adhesion only sections of mixed rack/adhesion lines.
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