Biasca–Acquarossa railway

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Biasca–Acquarossa railway
Trains du Biasca Acquarossa.jpg
Train of the Biasca–Acquarossa railway outside Biasca station
Overview
Status Closed and removed
Locale Canton of Ticino
Termini Biasca
Acquarossa
Stations 15
Operation
Opening 1911
Closed 1973
Technical
Line length 13.8 kilometres (8.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Minimum radius 133 metres (436 ft)
Electrification 1200 V, DC, overhead
Maximum incline 3.5%

The Biasca–Acquarossa railway (Italian: Ferrovia Biasca–Acquarossa; BA) was a Swiss metre gauge railway that linked the towns of Biasca and Acquarossa, in the canton of Ticino.[1]

The Gotthard railway opened in 1882, providing a transport link to the communities of the valley of the Ticino River. In order to provide a link to the communities of the Valle di Blenio, the Biasca–Acquarossa railway was opened in 1911. The line closed in 1973 and was replaced by a bus service.[2]

The line was 13.8 kilometres (8.6 mi) long, and was electrified at 1200 V DC using overhead lines. It commenced from the square in front of Biasca station, had 14 stops, a maximum gradient of 3.5% and a minimum radius of 133 metres (436 ft).[1][2]

The main depot of the line in Biasca, which was built in the late 1960s, is in use as a bus depot by Autolinee Bleniesi, who operate bus services including those replacing the railway. The line's Acquarossa terminus is also used by the same company.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. p. 48. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biasca–Acquarossa". www.eingestellte-bahnen.ch (in German). Retrieved 2012-09-26. 

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