Lake Zürich left-bank railway

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Lake Zürich left-bank railway line
Bahnhof Horgen 2011 152.jpg
The line at Horgen, showing the proximity of Lake Zürich
Technical
Line length61.31 kilometres (38.10 mi)
Track gauge1435 mm
ElectrificationOverhead line
  • 15 kV 16.7 Hz AC
Maximum incline1.7  %
Route number720 (Zürich–Ziegelbrücke)
736 (Ziegelbrücke–Näfels)
Zürich–Ziegelbrücke–Näfels

km
cross-city line from
platforms 31–34 S 2 S 8
0.34
Zürich HB
S 24 terminus of S 25
408 m
1.96
Zürich Aussersihl
Zimmerberg Base Tunnel
9478 m (left) / 9419 m (right)
2.93
Zürich Wiedikon
405 m
Wiedikon-Ulmberg tunnel
848 m
SZU goods line to Giesshübel
3.41
Kollerwiese
3.93
Zürich Enge
409 m
Enge tunnel
903 m
5.81
Zürich Wollishofen
409 m
8.86
Kilchberg
424 m
9.68
Nidelbad
planned extension of the
base tunnel to Zug
10.64
Rüschlikon
433 m
12.09
Thalwil
14.23
Oberrieden
424 m
16.77
Horgen
408 m
20.73
Au ZH
409 m
23.97
Wädenswil
408 m
27.46
Richterswil
408 m
28.73
Hafen
29.37
Bäch SZ
411 m
31.71
Freienbach SBB
410 m
33.44
Pfäffikon SZ
terminus of S 8
412 m
37.18
Altendorf
412 m
39.58
Lachen
416 m
A3 Lachen
62 m
43.49
Siebnen-Wangen
433 m
46.57
Schübelbach-Buttikon
418 m
49.94
Reichenburg
420 m
54.23
Bilten
421 m
Lower Linth canal bridge
62 m
57.14
Ziegelbrücke
terminus of S 2
425 m
Biberlikopf tunnel (305 m)
old route until 1969
Weesen
(closed in 1969)
425 m
Linth canal (53 m / / 72 m)
old route until 1969
Weesen
(passengers 1969–2013)
425 m
58.9
Nieder- and Oberurnen
427 m
to Sargans (until 1960)
closed in 1918, dismantled in 1931
61.65
Näfels-Mollis
437 m
Source: Swiss railway atlas[1]

The Lake Zürich left bank railway line (German: Linksufrige Zürichseebahn), is a railway line in Switzerland. As its name suggests, it runs down the left, or west, bank of Lake Zürich, connecting Zürich to Ziegelbrücke and Näfels.[2]

The left-bank railway opened in 1875 and forms part of the Zürich–Chur main line. It is 61.31 kilometres (38.10 mi) long, standard gauge, double track and electrified at 15 kV  16.7 Hz AC supplied by overhead line. Between Zürich and Thalwil, the line originally shared its tracks with the Zürich–Lucerne main line, although many through trains on this stretch now use the Zimmerberg Base Tunnel rather than the lakeside line.[2]

Geography[edit]

Linksufrige Zürichseebahn en

History[edit]

The line was opened in 1875. Prior to this, trains between Zürich and Chur travelled on the Wallisellen to Rapperswil via Uster line. The parallel line on the opposite bank of Lake Zürich did not open until 1894.

Between 1875 and 1925, the line followed a routing through Zürich north of Wollishofen that differed from the current alignment and was largely at street level, with many level crossings. The line passed through a single tunnel, the original Ulmberg rail tunnel, and crossed the Sihl river on a bridge. Between 1925 and 1927, this stretch of line was relocated westwards and to a lower level, largely in the new Ulmberg and Enge tunnels, and the current Wiedikon and Enge stations date from this period. The original Ulmberg rail tunnel is still in use for road traffic, forming the western bore of the Ulmberg road tunnel, but most of the rest of the former route has been obscured by subsequent building.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz (Swiss railway atlas). Schweers + Wall. 2012. pp. 12–13, 24, 64. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7.
  2. ^ a b Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. pp. 12–13, 64–65. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7.
  3. ^ map.geo.admin.ch with Siegfried Map First edition overlaid (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 13 May 2013.