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Eisenbahnen in der Schweiz · Chemins de fer de la Suisse · Ferrovie della Svizzera · Viafer Svizra
last updated: 20/10/2011
The rail network of Switzerland is one of the densest and spectacular in the world. It covers a total length of 5063 km of lines with 3652 km on international gauge 1435 mm, 1312 km on metre gauge and 68.5 km of 800 mm or 750 mm gauge. Most of the network (98.4%) is electrified, typically 15kV - 16 2 / 3 Hz. Many lines have sections with rack system and helical paths to gain altitude or long tunnels. There are two main axis, one east-west and another north-south. The east-west axis links Genève (west) and St. Gallen (east), passing major cities like Zurich, Bern, Lausanne, Olten, etc. There is a lot of internal passenger and goods traffic, the inverse of the north-south axis, dominated by international travel. The north-south axis consists of two lines that cross the Alps, one via Lötschberg base tunnel (34 km) and the other via the Gotthard tunnel (15 km). The Gotthard basis tunnel will be the longest in the world with 55 km. The international gauge network is concentrated mainly in the north while in the Alps area there are more metric gauge railways. The main network in southern Switzerland is the axis Zermatt-Brig-Andermatt-Chur/Davos/St.Moritz axis, where it runs the famous Glacier Express. There are many turistic railways that climb the mountains, such as rack railways of the Rigi, the Pilatus, the Rochers-de-Naye, or the Gornergrat as well as the trains to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken. The Jungfraujoch railway station is the highest in Europe at 3454 metres above sea level. There are cities that have tram networks (mostly gauge of 1,000 mm) and Lausanne has a small underground network.

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Pilatusbahn (PB) Zentralbahn (ZB)
1.435mm gauge network
Pilatusbahn (PB)
Zentralbahn (ZB)
Brienz Rothorn Bahn (BRB)
Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB)
Wengernalpbahn (WAB)
Jungfraubahn (JB)
Montreux Oberland Bernois (MOB)
Gornergratbahn (GGB)
Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB)
Rhätische Bahn (RhB)
Lausanne underground
Zürich trams

Official Swiss Federal Railways, SBB www.sbb.ch Switzerland trains, bus and boats official web (Swiss Pass) www.swisstravelsystem.ch
Real time movement of all the Swiss trains www.swisstrains.ch Switzerland trains reports and photos www.swisstrains.net
Railfaneurope Switzerland www.railfaneurope.net/pix/ch/pix.html Rail Transport in Switzerland (Wiki) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport_in_Switzerland

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