This title picture shows an ICN train coming down from the Gotthard mountain pass on its way towards the city of Zürich.
ICN stands for InterCity Neigezug, InterCity tilting train.
Picture from Wassen station 1.5.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.
FUNET railway pictures archive - Switzerland
Switzerland is one of the world’s leading train countries: a mountainous small piece of land,
where building a train line up the mountain side seems like the most stupid thing to do. Yet, in addition to the
state railroad company SBB, there are over 30 private railway companies. The Swiss make use of all thinkable
and unthinkable gauge widths, electricity systems, control systems, ticketing systems etc. The majority of the trains
run on the "wrong side" compared to road traffic (Left handed traffic due to the old British influence;
some of the country’s oldest rail companies used to be owned by London businessmen in the mid 1800s !)
- it’s all extremely complicated, extremely odd and extremely fascinating for the occasional train enthusiast visitor.
And the Swiss do use their trains - maybe more than anybody else. No matter the outrageous train ticket prices,
among the locals it’s still commonday practise even now in the beginning of the 2000s to take the train for any trip longer
than 100 km - something which rarely happens anywhere else in the western world.
Private and Commune or Kanton owned railroads
- Aare Seeland Mobil
- Aargau Verkehr AG, incl. former Bremgarten-Dietikon Bahn BD, Wohlen-Meisterschwanden Bahn WM, Wynen- und Suhrentalbahn WSB
- AB - Appenzeller Bahnen, narrow and normal gauge railways in Kantons of St.Gallen, Appenzeller Innerrhoden & A. Ausserrhoden
- BAM Bière-Apples-Morges railroad, MBC Transports de la région Morges-Bière-Cossonay. A narrow gauge railroad near Lake Geneva.
- BLM Mürrenbahn - a small railroad high up on the Bernese Alps
- BLS - the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon Bahn Group + companies fusioned into BLS (e.g. Regionalverkehr Mittelland)
- BOB - Berner-Oberland Bahn
- BRB - Brienz-Rothorn-Bahn, a steam engine tourist attraction train near Interlaken
- Centovallibahn / Valle Vigezzo railway between Locarno in Switzerland and Domodossola in Italy.
- CJ - Chemins de Fer du Jura, a private railroad in the French speaking Kanton Jura
- Dolderbahn, a short rack rail railway in Zürich
- FLP - Ferrovia Lugano - Ponte Tresa, a small narrow gauge railway in the canton of Ticino.
- Frauenfeld-Wil-Bahn, a narrow gauge railway between the cantons of Thurgau and St Gallen
- GGB - Gornergratbahn, a quite special mountain railway near the Matterhorn
- JB - Jungfraubahn, Europe's highest climbing rack railway
- LEB - Lausanne - Echallens - Bercher, a narrow gauge railway uphill from Lausanne
- NStCM, Nyon - St Cergue - La Cure, a small narrow gauge railway in the canton of Valais
- MG - Monte Generoso railway, a small mountain railway up from Lake Lugano
- mgb - Matterhorn-Gotthardbahn incl. former FO Furka-Oberalpbahn, former BVZ Brig-Visp-Zermattbahn
- MOB - Montreux - Oberland Bernois railway, Golden Pass Line
- OeBB - Oensingen-Balsthal-Bahn
- RhB - Rhätische Bahn, Europe’s largest narrow gauge network
- Südostbahn, a large normal gauge private railraod company
- SPB - Schynige-Platte-Bahn, a tourist railway near Interlaken
- SZU - Sihltalbahn, part of the Zürich S-Bahn network
- SZU-Uetlibergbahn, part of the Zürich S-Bahn network
- Transports publics du Chablais, tpc, incl. AOMC, AL, ASD, BVB. Narrow gauge railways by lake Geneva.
- Transports publics Fribourgeois tpf incl. pictures of the former GFM Gruyère-Fribourg-Morat
- Transports Publics Neuchâtelois transN
- Travys, Vallèe du Joux railroad and Yverdon - Ste Croix railroad in the canton of Vaud.
- OC - Orbe - Chavornay, a very small railroad, part of Travys.
- WAB - Wengernalpbahn, a cog wheel railroad high on the Bernese Alps
- Zentralbahn ZB - narrow gauge service in the Luzern to Interlaken alpine area
For trams of the city of Neuchâtel, see Transports Publics Neuchâtelois transN.
A class HGe II electric cog wheel narrow gauge locomotive of the Matterhorn-Gotthardbahn MGB. Switzerland is full of private railroads with
all kinds of gauge widths and electric systems. Some of the alpine narrow gauge trains climb even to the height of three kilometres from sea
level. This picture is from Andermatt 1.5.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.