Lausanne–Echallens–Bercher railway

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Lausanne–Echallens–Bercher railway
Logo LEB 2017.svg
Bercher 2005-09-23.jpg
Overview
Native nameChemin de fer Lausanne-Échallens-Bercher
Typenarrow gauge commuter rail
LocaleVaud
TerminiLausanne-Flon
Bercher
Stations21
Websitehttp://www.leb.ch
Operation
Opened4 November 1873
Technical
Track length23.67 km (14.71 mi)
Track gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in)
Electrification1500 V DC
Maximum incline6%
Route diagram
-0,9 Lausanne-Flon
(Exchange with TSOL)
472 m ü. M.
Chauderon tunnel (445 m)
-0,4 Lausanne-Chauderon
471 m ü. M.
Chauderon tunnel (540 m)
1,0 Montétan
498 m ü. M.
1,6 Union-Prilly
510 m ü. M.
2,2 Prilly-Chasseur
524 m ü. M.
2,7 Cery-Fleur-de-Lys
542 m ü. M.
3,3 Jouxtens-Mézery
552 m ü. M.
4,2 Le Lussex
590 m ü. M.
4,9 Romanel-sur-Lausanne
590 m ü. M.
5,9 Vernand-Camarès
597 m ü. M.
6,7 Bel-Air LEB
605 m ü. M.
7,4 Cheseaux
608 m ü. M.
8,2 Les Ripes
623 m ü. M.
9,2 Étagnières
628 m ü. M.
10,8 Assens
625 m ü. M.
14,2 Échallens
Depot and workshop
617 m ü. M.
14,8 Sur Roche
625 m ü. M.
15,2 Grésaley
622 m ü. M.
17,4 Sugnens
647 m ü. M.
20,2 Fey
645 m ü. M.
22,8 Bercher
627 m ü. M.

The Lausanne–Echallens–Bercher Railway (French: Chemin de fer Lausanne-Échallens-Bercher, LEB) is a metre gauge railway in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. The line connects the city of Lausanne with Bercher via Echallens, and is 23.67 km (14.71 mi) long.

History[edit]

Old logo.

After an initial test train ran between Lausanne-Chauderon station and Prilly-Chasseur on 3 October 1873, the first section of line came into service from Lausanne to Cheseaux on 4 November. The line through to Échallens opened in June 1874. Under a legally separate entity, the route to Bercher was completed and opened on 28 November 1889.

At the Lausanne end of the line, developments came later. Chauderon station was moved underground and the original station razed in 1995. Trains continued to terminate at Chauderon until 2000, when an extension to Lausanne-Flon station opened, permitting interchange with the Lausanne Métro.

Future[edit]

Together, the railway company, the canton, and the city of Lausanne have plans to upgrade the line to permit more frequent trains. Building of a new double track tunnel between Chauderon and Montétan stations is expected to take place by 2022, permitting up to 8 trains to run per hour in each direction on the urban section as far as Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "le LEB - Site officiel de la Ville de Lausanne". City of Lausanne. Retrieved 2014-08-13.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 46°38′22″N 6°37′59″E / 46.63944°N 6.63306°E / 46.63944; 6.63306