Lake Line

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Lake Line
THURBO GTW 2-6 Schaffhausen - Feuerthalen.jpg
Two GTW 2/4 sets of Thurbo on the Rhine Bridge at Feuerthalen near Schaffhausen; the Munot in the background
Overview
Native nameSeelinie
LocaleSwitzerland
TerminiSchaffhausen
Rorschach
Line number
  • 820 (Schaffhausen–Romanshorn)
  • 830 (Konstanz–Kreuzlingen–Weinfelden)
  • 845 (Romanshorn–Rorschach)
Technical
Line length82.4 km (51.2 mi)
Number of tracksmostly 2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification15 kV/16.7 Hz AC overhead catenary
Maximum incline1.2%
Route map

km
48.76
Schaffhausen
terminus of S8
403.8 m
47.21
Rhine Bridge (262 m)
46.93
Feuerthalen
408.7 m
45.33
Langwiesen
408.7 m
44.77
Zürich
Thurgau
404.2 m
43.28
Schlatt
404.2 m
39.75
St. Katharinental
(since 2002)
413.0 m
Geisslibach bridge (94 m)
38.18
Diessenhofen
412.9 m
35.57
Schlattingen
426.5 m
31.81
31.81
Etzwilen
438.2 m
34.55
Thurgau
Schaffhausen
34.86
Stein am Rhein
terminus of S29
413.1 m
35.40
Schaffhausen
Thurgau
36.93
Eschenz
417.2 m
39.84
Mammern~
411.7 m
45.59
Steckborn
403.7 m
48.91
Berlingen
402.6 m
51.33
Mannenbach-Salenstein
399.4 m
54.01
Ermatingen
402.1 m
56.00
Triboltingen
(since 1998)
403.0 m
57.86
Tägerwilen-Gottlieben (Tägerwilen SBB until 1996)
403.5 m
59.15
Tägermoos
401.7 m
MThB from Wil (1911–2001)
60.69
Kreuzlingen
403.3 m
61.43
414.76
Switzerland / SBB
Germany / DB
399.4 m
414.34
Konstanz
terminus of S14
398.0 m
414.74
100.88
Germany / DB
Switzerland / SBB
61.80
100.17
Kreuzlingen Hafen
402.1 m
98.83
Kurzrickenbach Seepark (since 1998)
405.0 m
97.50
Bottighofen
(1946–1998)
405.0 m
97.98
Bottighofen
(since 1998)
405.1 m
96.17
Münsterlingen-Scherzingen (since 1998)
404.8 m
95.40
Münsterlingen Spital (since 1998)
404.9 m
94.56
Landschlacht
(since 2002)
408.0 m
92.92
Altnau
409.0 m
90.49
Güttingen
409.7 m
88.09
Kesswil
405.0 m
86.11
Uttwil
405.8 m
82.15
Romanshorn
reversal of S7
398.5 m
SBB from Winterthur reversal of S7
80.97
Romanshorn West
403.8 m
81.78[1]
83.32[2]
Romanshorn Süd
399.2 m
84.72
Egnach
400.9 m
88.75
Arbon Seemoosriet
(since 2007)
399.9 m
90.29
Arbon
398.7 m
90.80
Thurgau
St. Gallen
91.64
Steinach
(since 2007)
402.0 m
92.19
St. Gallen
Thurgau
93.47
Horn
402.5 m
94.40
Thurgau
St. Gallen
96.32
Rorschach Hafen
terminus of S25
397.9 m
97.27
Rorschach
terminus of S7
399.0 m
Source: Swiss railway atlas[3]

The Lake Line[4] (German: Seelinie), as it is referred to by the SBB in English, is the Swiss railway line running from Rorschach via Romanshorn, Kreuzlingen, Steckborn and Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen and forms the Swiss section of the ring railway around Lake Constance.

History[edit]

On 15 October 1869 the section of line from Romanshorn to Rorschach was opened. Not quite two years later, on 1 July 1871, it was followed by the Romanshorn–Konstanz line. During its early years the railway belonged to the Swiss Northeastern Railway, the NOB, which was transferred in 1902 into the SBB.

In 1996, the line was taken over by Mittelthurgaubahn following a competition. They introduced half-hourly fixed-interval services and modernised both track and rolling stock. When Mittelthurgaubahn went bankrupt in 2003 the line went into the SBB subsidiary, Thurbo, which had been intended as a joint venture between the SBB and Mittelthurgaubahn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ from Romanshorn West
  2. ^ from Romanshorn
  3. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz (Swiss railway atlas). Schweers + Wall. 2012. pp. 3–7. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7.
  4. ^ The Lake Line rail experience at www.sbb.ch. Accessed on 13 Jan 2013.