Kleine Scheidegg railway station

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Kleine Scheidegg
HPS Kleine Scheidegg 03.JPG
Location Kleine Scheidegg, Lauterbrunnen, Bern
Switzerland
Coordinates 46°35′04″N 07°57′34″E / 46.58444°N 7.95944°E / 46.58444; 7.95944Coordinates: 46°35′04″N 07°57′34″E / 46.58444°N 7.95944°E / 46.58444; 7.95944
Elevation 2,061 m (6,762 ft)[1]
Line(s)
Platforms 6
History
Opened 10 August 1892
Electrified 3 June 1909
The WAB side of the station, with the JB just visible behind the station building
The JB side of the station

Kleine Scheidegg is a railway station that is situated on the summit of the Kleine Scheidegg Pass in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. The pass houses a complex of hotels and railway buildings. Administratively, the station is in the municipality of Lauterbrunnen in the canton of Bern.[2][3]

The station is on the Wengernalpbahn (WAB), whose trains operate to Kleine Scheidegg from Lauterbrunnen via Wengen, and separately from Grindelwald. It is also the lower terminus of the Jungfraubahn (JB), whose trains climb within the Eiger to the Jungfraujoch. All passengers travelling to the Jungfraujoch, or between Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald, must change trains at the station.[1][2]

WAB trains from Lauterbrunnen enter the station at its western end, and from Grindelwald at its eastern end, but no through trains are operated. This is principally because of the need, for safety reasons, to have each train's motorcar or locomotive at its downhill end. The WAB tracks at Kleine Scheidegg includes a, partially underground, wye track to allow trains to be reversed, but this is not used for trains in passenger service.[1][3]

The WAB and JB use different rail gauges, different electrification systems and different rack railway technology, and are not physically connected. The depot of the JB is located at Kleine Scheidegg, but not the line's workshops. These are located at Eigergletscher station, one stop up the line.[1][3]

The station is served by the following passenger trains:[4][5]

Operator Train Type Route Typical Frequency Notes
Wengernalpbahn Lauterbrunnen - Wengwald - Wengen - Allmend - Wengernalp - Kleine Scheidegg 2 per hour
Wengernalpbahn Grindelwald - Grindelwald Grund - Brandegg - Alpiglen - Kleine Scheidegg 2 per hour
Jungfraubahn Kleine Scheidegg - Eigergletscher - Eigerwand - Eismeer - Jungfraujoch 2 per hour

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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 map.geo.admin.ch (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  3. ^ a b c Allen, Cecil J. (1958). Switzerland's Amazing Railways. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons. p. 141. 
  4. ^ "Interlaken–Lauterbrunnen–Wengen–Kleine Scheidegg–Jungfraujoch" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 
  5. ^ "Interlaken–Grindelwald–Kleine Scheidegg–Jungfraujoch" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-01-28. 

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