Wed 10 July 2013

Off to Switzerland to do some mountain railways for a change. The day started ridiculously early with a drive to Heathrow to catch the 06:00 Swiss flight to Zürich, arriving on time at 08:40 despite a short hold over Frick on the way in. I just made the 09:10 train to Zürich HB and had arrived in Luzern by 10:30, 460 hauled or pushed all the way.

The next stage of the journey was over the Brünig and was also loco hauled, a pleasure that won’t be available for much longer. Better still, after a good run with 101.966 over the pass, 110.003 backed down at Meiringen for blistering run to Interlaken. Five sets are required to work the Luzern - Interlaken service and only two were loco and coaches today, with the other three worked by new class 150 EMUs. A fourth 150 was seen at Meiringen, weighed down with sandbags on every seat and obviously on some sort of test.

After a morning travelling in good light, I was looking forward to some afternoon photography and, after dumping my case at Interlaken Ost, headed for Spiez. Both Interlaken - Zweisimmen RE turns were worked by BLS Brownies, 167 on the Golden Pass set and 195 on a blue and cream set. Also seen at Spiez was Crossrail’s 436.111, back in traffic after accident repairs.

I’d walked from Spiez to Faulensee for the 15:30 Brownie then back to Spiez after failing to get it in the sun. The weather was hot and humid and I was fit to drop when I got back.

Dropping was postponed briefly to get a shot of a BLS 485 on a RoLa train that had just arrived but then everything changed. I became aware of a dark shape in the viewfinder, sidling down the side of the RoLa. It was a green Re6/6, a real rarity these days. 11646 was working the afternoon goods to Leissigen, so it had to come back before to long.

My plan to travel to Niederried for the rest of the afternoon was ripped up on the spot. Twenty minutes later I was back at Faulensee, even more exhausted and wondering why I’d bothered as the sun had gone in. 11646 duly returned in the gloom, as did the next Brownie. With no sign of the sun returning, it was time to give up for the day. I travelled back to Interlaken, retrieved my case and continued on the Berner Oberland Bahn to Grindelwald, where I would be based for the next few nights.

Zürich Flughafen

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
460.098 IR2116 08:03 Konstanz - Biel/Bienne 09:10
(travelled to Zürich HB)

Zürich HB

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
11121 EN1364 20:56 Graz Hbf - Zürich HB 09:25
460.049
propelling
IR2321 09:35 Zürich HB - Luzern 09:35
(Travelled to Luzern)

Rotkreuz

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
185.111 [DB]   SB Intermodal 10:13

Luzern

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
101.963 [ZB] IR2211 08:04 Interlaken Ost - Luzern 10:42
(Loco still at the buffers)
101.966 [ZB] IR2220 10:55 Luzern - Interlaken Ost 10:44
(travelled Luzern - Meiringen)
101.968 [ZB] IR3668 11:06 Luzern - Engelberg 10:44

Horw

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
150.xxx [ZB] IR2215 09:04 Interlaken Ost - Luzern 10:59

Giswil

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
150.002 [ZB]
160.005 [ZB]
IR2217 10:04 Interlaken Ost - Luzern 11:30

Brünig-Hasliberg

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
101.965 [ZB] IR2219 11:04 Interlaken Ost - Luzern 11:57

Meiringen

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
110.003 [ZB] IR2220 10:55 Luzern - Interlaken Ost 12:12
101.962 [ZB]   Stabled 12:12

Brienzwiler

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
160.xxx [ZB]
150.xxx [ZB]
IR2221 12:04 Interlaken Ost - Luzern 12:30

Interlaken Ost

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
460.044 IC974 13:00 Interlaken Ost - Basel SBB 13:00
460.047
propelling
IC969 10:59 Basel SBB - Interlaken Ost 13:06
167 [BLS] RE3123 13:08 Interlaken Ost - Zweisimmen 13:08
(travelled to Spiez)

Därlingen

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
460.118
propelling
IC1071 11:31 Basel SBB - Interlaken Ost 13:19

Leissigen

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
566.234 [BLS] 6122 13:09 Spiez - Interlaken Ost 13:23

Spiez

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
11648   SB Containers 13:40
566.237 6121 13:29 Interlaken Ost - Spiez 13:52
186.109 [RPOOL]   SB Containers 13:58
436.114 [XRAIL]
436.xxx [XRAIL]
  NB Intermodal 14:07
465.010 [BLS]
465.011 [BLS]
188 [BLS]
  SB Swap Bodies 14:18
460.052
propelling
IC829 13:49 Brig - Romanshorn 14:26
460.086
propelling
IC973 12:59 Basel SBB - Interlaken Ost 14:41

Faulensee

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
460.009
propelling
IC1075 13:31 Basel SBB - Interlaken Ost 15:09
401.083 [DB] ICE376 15:00 Interlaken Ost - Frankfurt(M) Hbf 15:23
195 [BLS] RE3127 15:08 Interlaken Ost - Zweisimmen 15:29

Spiez

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
485.008 [BLS]   SB RoLa 15:49
11646 64481 15:09 Thun - Leissigen Freight 15:50
(passing 485.008[BLS] on SB RoLa)

Faulensee

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
460.086 IC982 16:00 Interlaken Ost - Basel SBB 16:22
167 [BLS]
propelling
RE3126 15:38 Zweisimmen - Interlaken Ost 16:28
11646 64484 16:50 Leissigen - Spiez Freight 16:55
460.009 IC986 17:00 Interlaken Ost - Basel SBB 17:20
167 [BLS] RE3131 17:08 Interlaken Ost - Zweisimmen 17:26

Spiez

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
485.004 [BLS]   SB RoLa 17:46
436.115 [XRAIL]
436.111 [XRAIL]
  SB Intermodal 17:55
566.237 6132 18:05 Spiez - Interlaken Ost 18:05
460.047
propelling
IC1081 16:31 Basel SBB - Brig 18:05

Interlaken Ost

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
311 [BOB] 285 18:35 Interlaken Ost - Grindelwald 18:35
(travelled Interlaken Ost - Grindelwald)