Interlaken Ost railway station

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Interlaken Ost
BOB Interlaken Ost Station.jpg
Station statistics
Address Untere Bönigstrasse, Interlaken, Bern
Switzerland
Coordinates 46°41′26″N 07°52′11″E / 46.69056°N 7.86972°E / 46.69056; 7.86972Coordinates: 46°41′26″N 07°52′11″E / 46.69056°N 7.86972°E / 46.69056; 7.86972
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Platforms 8
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Interlaken Ost or Interlaken East is a railway station in the resort town of Interlaken in the Swiss canton of Bern. The station was previously known as Interlaken Zollhaus. The town has one other station, Interlaken West.[1]

Interlaken Ost is an important railway junction at the meeting point of three railway lines, the Thunersee line of the BLS AG, the Brünig line of the Zentralbahn, and the Bernese Oberland railway (BOB). In addition to trains operated directly by the owners of these lines, the station is also reached by passenger trains of the Swiss Federal Railways, Deutsche Bahn and TGV Lyria, all of which operate over the Thunersee line.[1]

The station provides an interchange with the local bus network provided by PostBus Switzerland and the regional bus line to Thun provided by Verkehrsbetriebe STI. Ships of the BLS-owned fleet on Lake Brienz serve a quay at Interlaken Ost, which they access via a navigable reach of the Aar river.

History[edit]

A BOB train at Interlaken Ost, note the former brown / cream livery

In 1872, the standard gauge Bödelibahn railway opened from Därligen, on Lake Thun, to Interlaken, as Interlaken West station was then known. Two years later it was extended to Bönigen, on Lake Brienz, via a new station that was at first known as Interlaken Zollhaus. Initially this line was unconnected to the rest of the Swiss railway system, and merely served as a link between the steamships on both lakes. In 1893, the line reached Thun, with onward connections to Bern and beyond, eventually becoming part of the BLS.[2][3]

In 1890, the metre gauge Berner Oberland railway opened, adopting Interlaken Zollhaus as the terminus of its route to the tourist destinations of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. As a consequence, Interlaken Zollhaus became more important, and was renamed Interlaken Ost. At the same time the original Interlaken station became Interlaken West.[3]

Meanwhile in 1888, the metre gauge Brünig railway had opened between Brienz, on Lake Brienz, and Alpnachstad, on Lake Lucerne, thus providing a through steamer and rail connection from Interlaken to Lucerne. By 1916 the Brünig railway had reached Interlaken Ost from Brienz, and, together an earlier extension at its eastern end, provided a through rail route to Lucerne.[3]

Standard gauge passenger service between Interlaken Ost and Bönigen ceased in 1969, although much of the line still exists in order to provide access to the BLS workshops as described above.[2]

Operation[edit]

The station seen from the east. The BOB line curves in from the left, serving the leftmost platforms. The Brünig line arrives from the right and serves the central platforms. The Thunersee line arrives from the far end of the station, and serves the rightmost platforms.
The station looking east. The standard gauge Thunersee line platforms are nearest the camera, and run beyond the station into turnback sidings. To the right of this, the line to Bönigen can be seen curving rightwards. On the other side of the depot building, the metre gauge Brünig can be seen climbing and curving left, in order to pass over the Bönigen line and the Aar river. The BOB lines are out of shot to the right.
The station seen from the west. The Thunersee line enters the station from behind the camera, serving the northernmost three platforms. To the right are a pair of platform tracks used by the Brünig line, and out of shot beyond them are the platforms used by the BOB.

Layout[edit]

The station is notable in that although lines converge on it from three directions, it is the terminus of every passenger service which enters it. There are no through services due to incompatibilities in gauge and electrical systems. The Thunersee line is standard gauge while the BOB and Brünig tracks are metre gauge. Additionally, there are two electrical systems; 1500V DC for the BOB services and 15kV AC for all the rest.[1]

The platforms used by the Brünig line and BOB are terminal platforms and no metre gauge track exists west of the station. Whilst no standard gauge passenger trains now run to the east of the station, that section of the station is configured for through traffic, and the tracks continue for about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the east in order to provide access to the BLS workshops at Bönigen.[1]

None of the eight platform tracks are dual-gauge or dual-system, from the south side of the station, where the station building is located, the first three platform tracks are used by the BOB, the next two by the Brünig line, and the final three by the Thunersee line.

Train Services[edit]

The following services currently start/end at Interlaken Ost:

Operator Train Type Route Frequency Notes
SBB InterCity Basel SBB - Olten - Bern - Thun - Spiez - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost 1 per hour
BLS InterRegio Bern - Thun - Spiez - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost
BLS RegioExpress Zweisimmen - Boltigen - Erlenbach im Simmental - Oey-Diemtigen - Wimmis - Spiez - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost 3 per day Golden Pass Panorama train
BLS Regio Spiez - Faulensee - Leissigen - Därligen - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost 1 per hour
Deutsche Bahn ICE Berlin Hbf - Kassel - Frankfurt Hbf - Karlsruhe Hbf - Basel SBB - Liestal - Olten - Bern - Thun - Spiez - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost 4 per day
TGV Lyria TGV Paris-Gare de Lyon - Dijon - Frasne - Pontarlier - Neuchâtel - Bern - Thun - Spiez - Interlaken West - Interlaken Ost 1 per day
Zentralbahn InterRegio Interlaken Ost - Brienz - Meiringen - Brünig-Hasliberg - Lungern - Kaiserstuhl OW - Giswil - Sarnen - Alpnach Dorf - Hergiswil - Lucerne 1 per hour
Zentralbahn Regio Interlaken Ost - Ringgenberg - Niederried - Oberried am Brienzersee - Ebligen - Brienz West - Brienz - Brienzwiler - Meiringen 1 per hour
Berner Oberland Bahn Regio Interlaken Ost - Wilderswil - Zweilütschinen - Sandweid - Lauterbrunnen 1 or 2 per hour Trains for Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen leave Interlaken Ost coupled together, splitting at Zweilütschinen
Berner Oberland Bahn Regio Interlaken Ost - Wilderswil - Zweilütschinen - Lütschental - Burglauenen - Schwendi - Grindelwald 1 or 2 per hour

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. p. 82. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7. 
  2. ^ a b "Interlaken Ost–Bönigen". www.eingestellte-bahnen.ch (in German). Retrieved 2012-09-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "History of navigation on Lakes Thun and Brienz". BLS AG. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 

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