Blonay–Chamby museum railway

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Blonay–Chamby museum railway
Electric railcar BCFe 4/4 11 and passenger car BC4 22 of the Montreux-Oberland Bernois railway (MOB)
Electric railcar BCFe 4/4 11 and passenger car BC4 22 of the Montreux-Oberland Bernois railway (MOB)
Line length: 2.95 km (1.83 mi)
Track gauge: 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Voltage: 900 V DC
Electrification: Overhead lines
Maximum incline: 5  %
Transports Montreux-Vevey-Riviera to Vevey
Blonay 620 m above Sea
Transports Montreux-Vevey-Riviera to Les Pléiades
0,0 Blonay BC 620 m above Sea
Clarens-Chailly-Blonay to Clarens
0,970 Chantemerle (H) 667 m above Sea
Viaduc de la Baye de Clarens (80 m)
1,500 Vers-Chez-Robert[1] 680 m above Sea
Tunnel de Cornaux (45 m)
1,990 Cornaux (H) 705 m above Sea
Chamby-Musée (Chaulin) 736 m above Sea
Bifurcation
Montreux-Oberland Bernois to Zweisimmen
2,950 Chamby 750 m above Sea
Montreux-Oberland Bernois to Montreux

The Blonay–Chamby museum railway (French: Chemin de fer-musée Blonay-Chamby, BC) is a short 3-kilometre-long (1.9 mi) steep but adhesion worked metre gauge heritage railway operated as part of the Blonay - Chamby Railway Museum using vintage steam and electric locomotives and rolling stock. It is rail connected at both ends, at its upper terminus, at Chamby with the Chemin de Fer Montreux Oberland Bernoise and at the lower end, Blonay, with the Vevey - Les Pleiades, Chemin de fer électriques Veveysans, line.

History and Aims[edit]

The Blonay - Chamby Railway and Museum was opened in 1968 with the aims of operating the metre gauge railway line from Blonay to Chamby and in doing so preserving railway equipment of technical or historic value. For this purpose the Blonay - Chamby Railway has purpose built two motive power and carriage depots at Chaulin - Chamby, a short distance from its upper terminus which nowadays houses what is generally regarded as the largest and most representative collection of metre gauge relics in Europe.

The Museum Line[edit]

The Blonay - Chamby Museum Railway is a railway preservation group staffed entirely by volunteers who operate trains each Saturday and Sunday between May and October. Vintage steam locomotives or electric locomotives haul equally vintage carriages slowly through a spectacular environment with fine views over Lake Geneva and the Alps. Visitors can access the shed / museum complex from Chamby, travelling the short distance on a vintage tram.

A further part of the remit of the preservation group is the encouragement of local and regional tourism and tourist traffic on adjacent lines. The timetable for the Blonay - Chamby line can be found on Table 115 and 115.1 of the Swiss National Railways Timetable.

The Museum Collection[edit]

The collection includes in spring 2009 the following items. The museum is the home of over 70 items of rolling stock.

Steam Locomotives[edit]

Steam Locomotives[edit]

Steam locomotive HG 3/4 3 of the Brig–Furka–Disentis-Railway
Picture No. Name Class Cyls. Builders Details Works. No. Date Built Notes.
Blonay-Chamby Régional des Brenets - 1 - 01.jpg 1 Le Doubs G 3/3 OC SLM 618 1890 Ex-Regional des Brenets (RdB)/Chemins de fer des Montagnes Neuchateloises (CMN)/On loan from Swiss Transport Museum Luzern.
Blonay-Chamby Brig–Furka–Disentis-Bahn - 3 - 01.jpg 3 HG 3/4 OC SLM 2317 1913 Ex-Brig–Furka–Disentis railway (BFD), Furka–Oberalp railway (FO) (Abt rack)
Blonay LEB G 3 3 5 Bercher 2015.jpg 5 Bercher G 3/3 OC SACM 4172 1890 Ex-Lausanne–Echallens–Bercher railway (LEB), barrage de la Dixence (EOS), Hilti & Jehle, Feldkirch.
Blonay-Chamby Bière-Apples-Morges-Bahn - 6 - 01.jpg 6 G 3/3 OC SLM 1341 1901 Ex-Brünigbahn/Jura-Simplon JS 909, SBB 109, Biere-Apples-Morge (BAM) No.6, Scierie Renfer, Bienne.
23 G 3/5 OC MTM 282 1926 Ex-Olot-Gerona
Blonay-Chamby Südwestdeutsche Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft - 104 - 01.jpg 104 Zell[2] G 2x3/3 OC Hanomag 10437 1925 Ex-SEG, Mallet type, 0-6-6-0T, Compound
Blonay-Chamby Südwestdeutsche Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft - 105 - 11.jpg 105 Todtnau[3][4][5] G 2x2/2 OC MBG 2051 1918 Ex-Haspe-Voerde-Breckerfeld (Germany), Mallet type, 0-4-4-0T, Compound
Blonay-Chamby Deutsche Bundesbahn - 99 193 - 11.jpg 99 193 G 5/5 OC MFE 4183 1927 Ex-Deutsche Reichbahn, Deutsche Bundesbahn.

Tramway Steam Locomotives[edit]

Picture No. Name Class Cyls. Builders Details Works. No. Date Built Notes.
Blonay-Chamby Ferrovie Padane - 4 - 02.jpg 4 Rimini G 2/2 OC Krauss 4278 1900 Ex-Ferrara-Codigoro (Ferrovie Padane) Rimini-Novafeltria.
Steam Tramway Locomotive from Mulhouse by Blonay-Chamby.jpg 7 G 2/4 System Brown SLM 316 1882 Ex-Mulhouse Tramways

Electric Locomotives, Railcars and Trams[edit]

Locomotives[edit]

Picture No. Name Class Builders Details Works No. Date Built Notes.
Blonay–Chamby Bex–Villars–Bretaye-Bahn He 2 2 2 2016.jpg 2 La Grisette He 2/2 SLM / CIE 1899 Ex-Bex-Villars-Bretaye (BVB)
Berner Oberland-Bahn HGe 33 29 Blonay-Chamby.jpg 29[6] - HGe 3/3 SLM / MFO 1926 Ex-Bernese Oberland railway (BOB)
Blonay-Chamby Georg Fischer - 75 - 02.jpg 75 - Ge 4/4 SLM / MFO 2328 1913 Ex-Georg Fischer (+GF+)
RhB-Ge-4-4-181.JPG 81 - Ge 4/4 SLM / BBC 1916 Ex-Berninabahn (BB), Rhaetian Railway (RhB)

Railcars[edit]

Electric railcars BCFeh 4/4 6 of the Aigle–Ollon–Monthey–Champéry railway
No. Name Class/Type Builders Details Works No. Date Built Notes.
4 - BCFe 2/2 SIG / MFO 1928 Ex-Sernftalbahn (SeTB)
6 Valais[7] BCFeh 4/4 SLM / SIG / EGA 146 1909 Ex-Monthey–Champéry–Morgins railway (MCM), Aigle–Ollon–Monthey–Champery railway (AOMC), Abt rack
10 - BCFeh 4/4 SLM / SWS / BBC 1914 Ex-Loèche–Loèche-les-Bains railway (LLB), Abt rack
11 les sept à vingt BCFe 4/4 SIG / EGA 2191 1903 Ex-Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB)
12 - Ce 2/2 Ringhoffer / EAG 1907 Ex-Langenthal–Jura railway (LJB), Oberaargau–Jura railway (OJB)
35 - ABe 4/4I SIG / SAAS / MFO 1908 Ex-Bernina railway (BB), Rhaetian Railway (RhB)
105 - ABDe 4/4 SWS / MFO 1913 Ex-Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans (CEV), 2017
2002 - DZe 6/6 SIG / BBC 2703 1932 Ex-Montreux–Oberland Bernois railway (MOB), 2008

Trams[edit]

Electric tram Ce 2/2 52 of the Städtische Strassenbahn Bern
No. Name Class/Type Builders Details Works No. Date Built Notes.
7 - Ce 2/2 Rat / CIE 1904 Ex-Tramway de Fribourg (TF)
28 - Ce 2/3 SWS / SAAS 1948 Ex-Tramways Lausannois (TL)
31 - Ze 2/2 SIG / EGA 1914 Ex-Rheintalische Strassenbahn (Rhine Valley Tramways) (RhSt)
52 - Ce 2/2 SWS / MFO 1914 Ex-Städtische Strassenbahn, Bern (SSB)
76 - Ce 2/2 SIG / MFO 1911 Ex-Tramways de Neuchâtel (TN)
182 - Ce 2/2 SIG / BBC 1926 Ex-Basler Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB)

Passenger Coach[edit]

Picture No. Name Class/Type Builders Details Works No. Date Built Notes.
Blonay-Chamby Berninabahn - 2 - 01.jpg 2 - As2 SIG 1903 Ex-Rhaetian Railway Bernina Line (RhB)
Berner Oberland-Bahn B2 6 Kaiserwagen Blonay-Chamby.jpg 6[8] Kaiserwagen[9] B3 SIG 1901 Ex-Bernese Oberland railway (BOB), Ex-Modelleisenbahnfreunde Eiger Zweilütschinen (MEFEZ)
Blonay-Chamby Nyon–Saint-Cergue–Morez-Bahn - 07 - 01.jpg 7 - C4 ANF 1910 Ex-Chemin de fer Vicinaux de la Haute-Saône (CFV), Morez-La Cure (MLC), Nyon–St-Cergue–Morez railway (NStCM)
Blonay-Chamby Monthey-Champéry-Morgins-Bahn - 10 - 02.jpg 10 - BC2 1908 Ex-Monthey-Champéry-Morgins (MCM), Aigle-Ollon-Monthey-Champery (AOMC)
11 - BC2 SIG 1890 Ex-Régional des Brenets (RdB)
13 - C2 MAN 1905 Ex-Sernftalbahn (SeTB)
Blonay Réseau Breton ABCFZ4 15 2015-09.jpg 15 - ABCFZ4 De Dietrich 1895 Ex-Cie de l'Ouest, Chemins de fer de l'Etat (ETAT), Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais (SNCF)/Réseau Breton (RB)
20 Reine Berthe[10] C2 Chevalier, Chailus & Cie à Paris 1865 Ex-Lausanne–Echallens–Bercher railway (LEB), original Mont Cenis Pass Railway
Blonay-Chamby Aigle-Leysin-Bahn - 21 - 01.jpg 21 - CF2 SIG 1900 Ex-Aigle–Leysin railway (AL)
Blonay-Chamby Transports Montreux-Vevey-Riviera - 21 - 01.jpg 21 - BC2 SWS 1902 Ex-Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans (CEV)
Blonay-Chamby Lugano-Cadro-Dino-Bahn - 21 - 02.jpg 21 Giardiniera[11] C2 SWS 1911 Ex-Lugano–Cadro–Dino railway (LCD)
21 - CF2 SIG 1890 Ex-Régional des Brenets (RdB)
Blonay-Chamby Leuk-Leukerbad-Bahn - 22 - 01.jpg 22 - BC4 SIG 1915 Ex-Loèche - Loèche-les-Bains (LLB)
Blonay-Chamby Montreux–Berner Oberland-Bahn - 22 - 01.jpg 22 - BC4 SIG 1901 Ex-Montreux–Oberland Bernois railway (MOB)
Blonay-Chamby Transports Montreux-Vevey-Riviera - 21 - 01.jpg 23 - C2 SWS 1903 Ex-Gruyère–Fribourg–Morat railway (GFM)
Blonay-Chamby Berner Oberland-Bahnen - 44 - 01.jpg 44 - C4 SIG 1926 Ex-Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB)
61 - B4 SIG 1906 Ex-Montreux–Oberland Bernois railway (MOB)
Blonay-Chamby Rhätische Bahn - 121 - 01.jpg 121 - AB2 SIG 1903 Ex-Rhaetian Railway (RhB)
Blonay-Chamby Süddeutsche Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft - 171 -01.jpg 171 - C4 Herbrand 1891 Ex-Mittelbadische Eisenbahn Gesellschaft (MEG)
BC SBB Brünig C4 811.jpg 811 - C4 SIG 1930 Ex-Swiss Federal Railways, line Brünig (SBB-CFF-FFS),

Tramway Passenger Coach[edit]

Picture No. Name Class Builders Details Works No. Date Built Notes
Vevey–Montreux–Chillon–Villeneuve C2 57 2015.jpg 57 - C2 SIG 1930 Ex-Tramway Vevey–Montreux–Chillon–Villeneuve (VMCV), Ex-Bex–Villars–Bretaye Railway (BVB)
Tramway Passenger Car from Neuchatel by Blonay-Chamby.jpg 121 - C4 Maschinenbau-Gesellschaft Basel 1892 Ex-Tramways de Neuchâtel (TN)
Blonay-Chamby Compagnie Genevoise de Tramways Electriques - 370 - 01.jpg 370 - C4 SIG 1920 Ex-Compagnie Genevoise des Tramways Électriques (CGTE)

Post and Baggage Coach[edit]

Picture No. Name Class Builders Details Works No. Date Built Notes.
Blonay-Chamby Chemins de fer électriques de la Gruyère - 36 - 01.jpg 36 - FZ2 SWS 1903 Ex-Gruyère–Fribourg–Morat railway (GFM)

Goods wagon[edit]

Open wagon LO 153 du Montreux-Oberland Bernois Railway
Picture No. Name Class Builders Details Works No. Date Built Notes.
Blonay-Chamby Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Localbahnen - 30 - 01.jpg 30 - K Kirchheim 1874 Ex-Schweizerische Lokalbahnen (SLB), Appenzeller Bahn (AB)
Blonay-Chamby Sernftalbahn - 31 - 01.jpg 31 - K MAN 1905 Ex-Sernftalbahn (SeTB)
Blonay-Chamby Tramways Lausannois - 510 - 01.jpg 31 - K SWS 1910 Ex-Tramways de Lausanne (TL)
Blonay-Chamby Leuk-Leukerbad-Bahn - 40 - 01.jpg 40 - K SWS 1915 Ex-Loèche–Loèche-les-Bains railway (LLB)
Blonay-Chamby Leuk-Leukerbad-Bahn - 41 - 02.jpg 41 - K SWS 1915 Ex-Loèche–Loèche-les-Bains railway (LLB)
Blonay-Chamby Leuk-Leukerbad-Bahn - 51 - 01.jpg 51 - M SWS 1915 Ex-Loèche–Loèche-les-Bains railway (LLB)
Blonay-Chamby Leuk-Leukerbad-Bahn - 60 - 01.jpg 60 - L SWS 1915 Ex-Loèche–Loèche-les-Bains railway (LLB)
Blonay–Chamby Aigle–Leysin Bahn - 87 - 01.jpg 87 - K SWS 1912 Ex-Aigle–Leysin railway (AL)
111 - K Baume & Merpent 1886) Ex-Yverdon–Ste-Croix railway (YSteC)
Blonay-Chamby Montreux–Berner Oberland-Bahn - 153 - 01.jpg 153 - LO SIG 1903 Ex-Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB)
610 - K SWS 1904 Ex-Gruyère–Fribourg–Morat railway (GFM)
Blonay–Chamby Gruyère–Fribourg–Morat K 671 discoveries space nest Vevey.jpg 671 - K GFM 1955 Ex-Gruyère–Fribourg–Morat railway (GFM)
Blonay–Chamby Gruyère–Fribourg–Morat K 672 Vevey.jpg 672 - K GFM 1955 Ex-Gruyère–Fribourg–Morat railway (GFM)
706 - M Busch 1904 Ex-Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB)
Blonay–Chamby Fribourgeois Gruyère–Fribourg–Morat L 712 2016.jpg 712 - L SWS 1905 Ex-Gruyère–Fribourg–Morat railway (GFM)
Blonay–Chamby Montreux–Berner Oberland-Bahn - 801 - 01.jpg 801 - O Busch 1904 Ex-Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB)

Diesel Locomotives, Shunters and Maintenance vehicles[edit]

No. Name Class/Type Builders Details Works No. Date Built Notes.
1 - Tm 2/2 O&K, Berlin 20200 1930 Ex-Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB)
3 Biniou Dm 2/2 Billard Ex-Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais (SNCF)/Réseau Breton (RB)
926 - Te 2/2 StStZ / MFO 1935 Shunter, Ex-Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich (VBZ)
- Dm 1/2 Draisine motorized, Ex-Rhaetian Railway (RhB)
- Dd 1/2 Draisine hand drive, Ex-Rhaetian Railway (RhB)

Rotary Snowplow[edit]

Picture No. Name Class Cyls. Builders Details Works. No. Date Built Notes.
Blonay-Chamby Berninabahn - 1052 - 01.jpg 9214 - Xrot d OC SLM 2299 1912 Rotary snowplow, ex-Bernina railway, Rhaetian Railway (RhB), Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstecke (DFB). 0-6-6-0T

Service Coach Stock[edit]

No. Name Class/Type Builders Details Works No. Date Built Notes.
1 - Xe 2/2 SWS / MFO 1915 cistern for fire service - Ex-Tramway de Bienne (TrB)
52 - X2 joinery - Ex-Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans (CEV)
52 - X2 SWS 1915 cran truck - Ex-Loèche - Loèche-les-Bains (LLB)
424[12] - F2 1914 repair shop - Ex-Gruyère-Fribourg-Morat (GFM), ex. CEG K2 123, ex. GFM X2 1011
9951 - X3 SIG 1889 refectory - Ex-Swiss Federal Railways, line Brünig (SBB-CFF-FFS), ex. JBL C3 466

Placed external line Blonay-Chamby[edit]

No. Name Class/Type Builders Details Works No. Date Built Notes.
125 - Ce 2/2 SIG / SAAS 1920 Ex-Compagnie Genevoise des Tramways Électriques (CGTE)
151 - Fe 4/4 SIG / S&H 1911 Compagnie Genevoise des Tramways Électriques (CGTE)
182 - Ce 2/2 SIG / BBC 1926 Ex-Basler Verkehrsbetriebe (BVB)
230 - C2 SWS 1905 Ex-Gruyère-Fribourg-Morat (GFM)

Abbreviations (Selection)[edit]

OC : Cylinders outside frames
IC : Cylinders inside frames

Literature[edit]

  • Sébastien Jarne, Le chemin de fer-musée Blonay-Chamby, tiré à part du livre « Voies étroites de Veveyse et de Gruyère », édition Chemin de fer-musée Blonay-Chamby, Lausanne, éd. 2, 1991, 56 p.
  • José Banaudo and Alex Rieben, À la découverte du Chemin de fer-musée Blonay-Chamby, Édition du Cabri, Breil-sur-Roya, 1992, ISBN 978-2-903310-98-1.
  • Peter Willen, Lokomotiven und Triebwagen der Schweizer Bahnen, volume 2, Privatbahnen Westschweiz und Wallis. Orell Füssli Verlag, Zürich, 1977, ISBN 3-280-00923-5.
  • Alain Candellero, Charles-Maurice Emery, Brice Maillard and Nicolas Regamey, 40 ans de musée vivant, Chemin de fer musée Blonay-Chamby 1968-2008, édition Chemin de fer-musée Blonay-Chamby, Lausanne, avril 2008, 32 p.
  • Users Wikipedia: Museumsbahn Blonay-Chamby, ein Auszug aus Wikipedia Anfangs 2011, E-book,[13] 2011, 52 p.
  • Alain Castella and Charles-Maurice Emery: Faire la Voie, Chemin de fer-Musée Blonay-Chamby, Département de la formation, de la jeunesse et de la culture (DFJC) – Service des affaires culturelles (SERAC) of Canton de Vaud,[14] Lausanne, 2010
  • Michel Grandguillaume, Gérald Hadorn, Sébastien Jarne, Jean-Louis Rochaix, François Ramstein: Voies étroites de Veveyse et de Gruyère. Bureau vaudois d'addresses (BVA), Lausanne 1984, ISBN 2-88125-003-3

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°27′56″N 6°53′45″E / 46.4656°N 6.8958°E / 46.4656; 6.8958