List of town tramway systems in Switzerland

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This is a list of town tramway systems in Switzerland. It includes all tram systems, past and present. Cities with currently operating systems, and those systems themselves, are indicated in bold and blue background colored rows. Those tram systems that operated on other than standard gauge track (where known) are indicated in the 'Notes' column.

The first electric tramway in Switzerland, that became the Vevey–Montreux–Chillon–Villeneuve tramway, c.1890
Name of System
& Operator
Location Traction
Type
Date (From) Date (To) Notes
Strassenbahn Altdorf–Flüelen Altdorf Electric 25 Aug 1906 26 Mar 1951 [1]
Trams in Basel
Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe
Basel Electric 6 May 1892   [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Trams in Basel
Baselland Transport
Steam 4 Oct 1887 2 Jun 1905 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)(?)
Electric 6 Oct 1902   [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Trams in Bern
Bernmobil
(Städtische Verkehrsbetriebe Bern)
Bern Compressed Air 1 Oct 1890 15 Nov 1901 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)(?)
Steam 17 May 1894 6 Feb 1902 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)(?)
Electric 1 Jul 1902   [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Bex–Bévieux Bex Electric 10 Sep 1898 14 Jun 2002 [2] Once daily service on this section restored in 2007.
Bex–Villars–Bretaye railway Electric     [3] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Trams in Biel/Bienne Biel/Bienne Horse 18 Aug 1877 30 Dec 1902 [2]
Electric 31 Dec 1902 9 Dec 1948 [2]
Clarens–Chailly–Blonay Clarens Electric 23 Nov 1911 31 Dec 1955 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Trams in La Chaux de Fonds La Chaux de Fonds Electric 1 Jan 1897 15 Jun 1950 [2]
Trams in Fribourg Fribourg Electric 28 Jul 1897 31 Mar 1965 [2]
Trams in Geneva
Transports Publics Genevois
Geneva Horse 19 Jun 1862 21 Feb 1902 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)(?)
Steam 20 Jul 1877 2 Jan 1902 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)(?)
Electric 22 Sep 1894   [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Trams in Lausanne Lausanne Electric 1 Sep 1896 6 Jan 1964 [2]
Lausanne Metro
Tramway du sud-ouest lausannois
Electric 2 Jun 1991   [2] Line M1 is light rail; Line M2 of Lausanne Metro is rapid transit
Trams in Locarno Locarno Electric 3 Jul 1908 30 Apr 1960 [2]
Trams in Lugano
Azienda comunale del traffico Lugano
Lugano Electric 1 Jun 1896 17 Dec 1959 [2]
Trams in Lugano
Lugano–Cadro–Dino railway (part)
Electric 27 Jun 1911 31 Dec 1964 [2]
Verkehrsbetriebe Luzern Luzern Electric 8 Dec 1899 11 Nov 1961 [2]
Trams in Martigny-Bourg Martigny Electric 24 Oct 1906 31 Dec 1956 [2]
Meiringen–Reichenbach–Aareschlucht tramway Meiringen Electric 24 Aug 1912 16 Sep 1956 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Tramway Bellavista Mendrisio Horse 1891 1913 or 1938 [4][5] Gauge: 600 mm (1 ft 11 58 in)
Mendrisio electric tramway Electric 19 May 1910 31 Dec 1950 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Vevey–Montreux–Chillon–Villeneuve tramway MontreuxVevey Electric 6 Jun 1888 19 Jan 1958 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Rollbahn Mürren Mürren Horse 10 Jul 1894 31 Dec 1945 [2]
Trams in Neuchâtel Neuchâtel Steam 16 Dec 1892 24 Dec 1902 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)(?)
Horse 22 Dec 1894 15 Jul 1897 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)(?)
Electric 16 May 1897   [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Verkehrsbetriebe St. Gallen St. Gallen Electric 20 May 1897 1 Oct 1957 [2]
Strassenbahn St. Moritz St. Moritz Electric 5 Jul 1896 18 Sep 1932 [2]
Verkehrsbetriebe der Stadt Schaffhausen Schaffhausen Electric 11 May 1901 23 Sep 1966 [2]
Schwyzer Strassenbahn Schwyz Electric 6 Oct 1900 15 Dec 1963 [2]
Spiezer Verbindungsbahn Spiez Electric 2 Aug 1905 25 Sep 1960 [2]
Strassenbahn Stanstad-Stans Stans Electric 28 Aug 1893 30 Sep 1903 [2]
Verkehrsbetriebe Winterthur Winterthur Electric 30 Jul 1898 2 Nov 1951 [2]
Zuger Berg und Strassenbahn Zug Electric 20 Mar 1907 11 May 1959 [2]
Dolder Waldhaus–Dolder Grand Hotel Zürich Electric 5 Jul 1899 31 Dec 1930 [2]
Trams in Zürich
Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich
Horse 5 Sep 1882 4 Oct 1900 [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)(?)
Electric 8 Mar 1894   [2] Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Stadtbahn Glattal Electric 10 Dec 2006   Gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vevey–Altdorf–Flüelen". Eingestellte Bahnen der Schweiz. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an Buckley, pp. 23–24.
  3. ^ "Bex-Villars-Bretaye". Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  4. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. 2012. pp. 58–59. 
  5. ^ "Tramway Bellavista" (in German). Eingestellte Bahnen der Schweiz. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Bernet, Ralph (2000). Trams in der Schweiz: von Basel bis Zürich: Strassenbahn-Betriebe einst und jetzt [Trams in Switzerland: from Basel to Zurich: Tramway Operators Then and Now] (in German). München: GeraMond-Verlag. ISBN 393278507X. 
  • Buckley, Richard (2000). Tramways and Light Railways of Switzerland and Austria. UK: Light Rail Transit Association. ISBN 0-948106-27-1. 

External links[edit]

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