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The Waldenburgerbahn

Before being rebuilt to 1000 mm we paid a visit to the only 750 mm narrow-gauge railway of Switzerland.

The Südostbahn (SOB) 526 05 picture

The Südostbahn (SOB) 526 053-4 seen at Sargans

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In this travelogue I am going to present the Waldenburgerbahn from the North-West of Switzerland. The photos were taken during a trip in 2018, so far our last in the country. We are in a continuous hurry to visit all the railways that still have some classucal, 1960s-1990s equipment and record the beautiful landscape with those unique vehicles. The Stadler replcaments, though practical and comfortable, are rather uniform and somewhat plastic for our taste. This article only covers a small part of our trip, omits our first days at the Rhätische Bahn and our last days on the various mountain railways in the area of Aigle. The reconstruction of the Waldenburg Railway made this part of the trip very important to us, even though the landscape is only hilly and not at all alpine. Still a unique experience.

But how did we get there from the RhB?

The Südostbahn (SOB) 526 05 photo

The Südostbahn (SOB) 526 052-6 seen at Sargans

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We boarded the S4 in the opposite direction.

Olten bahnhof (railway stat photo

Olten bahnhof (railway station)

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An SBB KISS, and, in the background, an NPZ commuter EMU are visible.

The Waldenburgerbahn drivin photo

The Waldenburgerbahn driving trailer 113 seen at Liestal

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An unidentified SBB-CFF-FFS photo

An unidentified SBB-CFF-FFS Re 460 seen at Liestal

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The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ photo

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 13 seen at Liestal

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The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 111 photo

The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 111 seen at Hirschlang

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The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ picture

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 13 and 16 seen at Waldenburg

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The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 113 photo

The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 113 seen at Waldenburg

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Freight cars at Waldenburg  photo

Freight cars at Waldenburg station

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The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 113 photo

The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 113 and Bt 118 seen at Waldenburg

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Car wash and historic car s photo

Car wash and historic car seen at Waldenburg

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Depot seen at Waldenburg photo

Depot seen at Waldenburg

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The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ photo

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 14 and BDe 4/4 11 seen at Waldenburg depot

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Waldenburg station photo

Waldenburg station

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The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ picture

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 15 seen between Oberdorf and Waldenburg

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The railway has been comissioned on 1 November, 1880 and is the only 750 mm gauge (75 cm) passenger railway in Switzerland.

Oberdorf Haltestelle stop o photo

Oberdorf Haltestelle stop on the Waldenburgerbahn

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Officially it is tram line 19.

Rebuilt well at Oberdorf photo

Rebuilt well at Oberdorf

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The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 120 photo

The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 120 seen at Oberdorf

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The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 120 picture

The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 120 seen between Oberdorf and Oberdorf Winkelweg

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The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ photo

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 15 seen between Oberdorf and Oberdorf Winkelweg

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Oberdorf Winkelweg station  picture

Oberdorf Winkelweg station at the Waldenburgerbahn in Switzerland

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This photo has been taken for the benefit of signal fans.

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ picture

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 17 seen between Niederdorf and Oberdorf Winkelweg

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The trains may go to the Slovakian Čiernohronská Lesná Železnicá at Čierny Balog, which currently works as a museum narrow-gauge railway mostly with steam traction:

After the delivery of the BDe 4/4 EMUs, it will be converted into a regional tramway much like that in the High Tatras and new lines are going to be built from Chvatimech to the North and South.

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ photo

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 17 seen between Niederdorf and Oberdorf Winkelweg

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Niederdorf stop at the Wald photo

Niederdorf stop at the Waldenburgerbahn

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The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 111 picture

The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 111 seen between Niederdorf and Hirschlang, at the bank of the Frenke creek

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The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ picture

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 15 seen between Hirschlang and Niederdorf

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You can find more details on the reconstruction on BLT's website .

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ photo

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 15 seen at Lampenberg-Ramlinsburg

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The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ picture

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 15 seen between Talhaus and Lampenberg-Ramlinsburg

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The trams are going to feel all right in their new home of Čierny Balog:

Details and plans on the homepage of the ČHEŽ (Čiernohronská elektrická železnica) .

The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 111 photo

The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 111 seen between Lampenberg-Ramlinsburg and Talhaus

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The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 111 picture

The Waldenburgerbahn Bt 111 seen between Lampenberg-Ramlinsburg and Talhaus

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The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ photo

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 17 seen between Talhaus and Lampenberg-Ramlinsburg

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The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/ picture

The Waldenburgerbahn BDe 4/4 17 seen between Talhaus and Lampenberg-Ramlinsburg

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I have compiled a video with interior and exterior clips of this lovely Swiss narrow-gauge railway:

The BLS Cargo 486 509 seen  photo

The BLS Cargo 486 509 seen at Liestal

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The SBB-CFF-FFS RABDe 500 0 picture

The SBB-CFF-FFS RABDe 500 000 Le Corbusier seen at Liestal

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The Baselland-Transport (BL picture

The Baselland-Transport (BLT) Stadler Tango tram seen at Basel SBB

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Basel has an interesting tram network where many lines lead beyond the city borders. Multiple lines end directly at the German border, one even crosses it and a line crosses over to France only to return to Switzerland for its terminus. To make it more interesting there are two tram companies, which is not unheard of, but very rare in Europe. The Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe operates the lines and infrastructure inside the city and Baselland Transport owns the tracks outside. They yellow BLT trams do come to the city centre though using the same tracks, and to make up for that, BVB is running the services on one of the interurban lines. Curious, isn't it? Since for the Hungarian page I simply translated the Wikipedia article and framed it into the document I will point you to the original English language article where you can find a lot of details about it.

The Basler Verkehrs-Betrieb picture

The Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB) No. 309 Combino seen near Basel SBB

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The functionality of benbe.hu has been extended again: now you can see all the trams of a town under a single tag or behind a single icon in the map:

Previously we had groups based on the types of vehicles but now colourful tram networks can be seen as a whole too.

The Basler Verkehrs-Betrieb photo

The Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB) bus no. 7053 type Mercedes seen at Basel SBB

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The Basler Verkehrs-Betrieb photo

The Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB) tram number 308 Combino seen at Basel SBB

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An unidentified Baselland T photo

An unidentified Baselland Transport (BLT) Stadler Tango seen at Basel SBB

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The Migros TakeAway at Base photo

The Migros TakeAway at Basel SBB

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The hair of Easter at Basel photo

The hair of Easter at Basel SBB

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An operation unbeknownst to picture

An operation unbeknownst to Hungary

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Two SBB Re 4/4 electric loc picture

Two SBB Re 4/4 electric locomotives had arrived at Basel SBB hauling an InterCity train

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This is it at this point, but our 2018 spring trip had a lot more interesting topics so there are issues I should be returning with soon. Until then, please let me recommend my photos from previous trips to wonderful Switzerland:

The SBB 460 054-0 seen push photo

The SBB 460 054-0 seen pushing an InterCity double-decker push-pull train at Basel SBB

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[VIDEO] The Waldenburgerbahn

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Interior and exterior shots of the 750 mm gauge railway in Switzerland near Basel. Sources of the constructions at Cierny Balog:

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