Saturday, November 24, 2007


(All Mosen, copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing 13.5.1987)

One of my favourite lines in Switzerland is the Seetalbahn which runs from Luzern to Emmenbrucke. Roadside almost throughout, back in the 80s there was an excellent variety of traffic over the line. It's quite something to see the big Swiss standard gauge locos running alongside the road. It's standard gauge and operated by the SBB. It is of course still running today with superb purpose built new rolling stock, which featured on a recent Swiss commemorative stamp. Many more photos to follow!
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Friday, November 23, 2007


MOB at Montbovon, 8.6.1987

Street running in Montbovon - on the connecting GFM line from Fribourg. 8.6.1987

The MOB webcam is superb. Every day you can travel up and down the line from Montreux to Zweisimmen via a webcam mounted in the front window of one of the trains. The MOB has always been forward-thinking and this innovation should attarct even more passnegers to its already busy trains.
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Sunday, May 20, 2007


Aigle-Leysin train in Aigle. 1988.

The Aigle-Leysin line is a busy route connecting the SBB main line to the ski resort of Leysin, in Vaud. Trains have a familiar livery to British visitors - GWR chocolate and cream!

The first mile or so runs along streets in Aigle (paralleling the ASD but a block or so north) then reverses at Aigle-Depot where it immediately uses rack and pinion. The line is then through vineyards, then through forests before emerging in Leysin, where there are four stations! There is a double track section around Leysin-Feydey, the main Leysin station. There has been talk for years of extending the line to the ski area at Berneuse but nothing's happened yet.

I spent a whole season in Leysin in 1987/88 and we all used the Cog, as it was called locally. It also had an English employee, one of the only ones on the Swiss railway network.
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Monday, April 09, 2007


Another shot of the Chur-Arosa Bahn in Chur, with street running.


BLM - this time starting at Murren. Another Youtube offering, starting at Murren station high in the Bernese Alps.


Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Murren. Part one of a youtube video showing the top tramway section from Grutscalp to Murren.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Basel trams in the snow

Basel Trams in the snow. Now try it looking through the front of the tram! Basel again, winter 2007.

Basel trams

Take a trip on a Basel tram during the first snowfall of the 2007 winter! More existentialist adventure for armchair travellers!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Matterhorn-Gotthard Bahn

Matterhorn-Gotthard Bahn. A professional quality video of this line featuring the Glacier Express. German text and dialogue.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Furka Dampfbahn. A first for this site - Swiss steam! This is a good quality video of a train on this line, part of the former route of the Furka-Oberalp railway which was closed when the Basistunnel was opened.

A different view of Swiss railways

Impressionistic vid with music! Something a bit different - impressionistic shots of various Swiss trains accompanied by chilled-out music. OK, it sounds like my mum doing the ironing and absentmindedly humming - I'm more of a Mumm-Ra and CSS fan, and prefer the light railways - but this is a nice intro to Swiss railways generally and is quite polished for a Youtube offering.

Street running

Street Running. This is a short video of a Rhatische Bahn train to Arosa on its street running section through Chur along the Plassur Quai.

I first visited this section back in the 1970s and will post photos at a later date! Trains in summer now include open carriages which must be quite an experience.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Street running in Chur

Youtube video of the Chur-Arosa Bahn in Chur.


Something a bit different - another youtube offering this time featuring Swiss trolleybuses in the snow!

Video experiment

Warning - this site is about to come alive now I've moved everything up to my new place in Bristol. This is a bit of an experiment, putting youtube vids on the site. This is a trip from Interlaken to Murren, including views of the funicular replaced in 2006 due to problems from global warming.