Lake Zürich right-bank railway line

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Lake Zürich right-bank railway
The right-bank line at Tiefenbrunnen
The right-bank line at Tiefenbrunnen
Line length: 31.90 kilometres (19.82 mi)
Track gauge: 1435
Voltage: 15 kV 16.7 Hz AC
Electrification: Overhead line
Maximum incline: 1.7  %
Zürich–Olten line
1,9 Hardbrücke 407 m ü. M.
Vorbahnhof Viadukt823 m
Line to Wipkingen and Oerlikon
Limmatbrücke 175 m
2,8 Letten
HirschengrabenlinieDurchbindung 1990
Letten Tunnel2093 m
Sihlbrücke67 m
0,3 Zürich HB(surface) 408 m ü. M.
99,9 Zürich HB(underground) 394 m ü. M.
Hirschengraben Tunnel2148 m
Letten Tunnel2093 m
Hirschengrabenlinieseit 1989
5,7 Stadelhofen 410 m ü. M.
Überdeckung Kreuzbühlstrasse
5,8 Zürichberg line to Stettbach
Riesbachtunnel1493 m
7,9 Tiefenbrunnen 408 m ü. M.
9,5 Zollikon 415 m ü. M.
10,8 Küsnacht Goldbach 417 m ü. M.
11,7 Küsnacht ZH 415 m ü. M.
13,5 Erlenbach ZH 419 m ü. M.
Hitzbergtunnel 70 m (re) / Erlenbach71 m (li)
14,6 Winkel am Zürichsee 426 m ü. M.
Seehaldebrücke I96 m (re)
Seehaldebrücke II137 m (re) bzw. 37 m (li)
16,6 Herrliberg-Feldmeilen 423 m ü. M.
19,4 Meilen 420 m ü. M.
22,4 Uetikon 414 m ü. M.
Langackerbrücke64 m
23,6 Männedorf 419 m ü. M.
Lattenbergtunnel93 m
26,4 Stäfa 414 m ü. M.
28,9 Uerikon 426 m ü. M.
31,4 Feldbach 426 m ü. M.
Feldbachbrücke68 m
33,8 Kempraten 412 m ü. M.
Wallisellen–Uster–Rapperswil line
Rapperswil–Ziegelbrücke line
35,9 Rapperswil 409 m ü. M.
Rapperswil–Pfäffikon SZ railway line over the Seedamm

The Lake Zürich right-bank railway line, or Rechtsufrige Zürichseebahn, is a railway line in the Swiss canton of Zürich. As its name suggests, it runs down the right, or east, bank of Lake Zürich, connecting Zürich to Rapperswil.[1]

The line was opened in 1894, nineteen years after the complementary left bank railway. As built, it originally departed from the surface level of Zürich Hauptbahnhof station in a westerly direction, before performing a clockwise 270 degrees turn via a viaduct over the River Limmat and the Letten Tunnel to Stadelhofen station. Since 1990 the Letten Tunnel has been closed and replaced by the Hirschengraben Tunnel, which takes a direct easterly route under the River Limmat from new low level platforms at Hauptbahnhof.[1]

At the same time as the Hirschengraben tunnel was constructed, the Zürichberg tunnel was constructed in order to link Stadelhofen station with the Zürich to Winterthur and Wallisellen to Rapperswil via Uster lines. As a consequence the section of the right bank line between Zürich Hbf and Stadelhofen is now part of the backbone of the Zürich S-Bahn, carrying no fewer than eight separate routes.[1][2]

However beyond Stadelhofen the traffic reduces to three S-Bahn routes. Routes S6 and S16 stop at all stations as far as Uetikon or Meilen respectively. Route S7 runs non-stop from Stadelhofen as far as Meilen, then serves all stations to Rapperswil.[2]

The line is 31.90 kilometres (19.82 mi) long, standard gauge and electrified at 15 kV 16 23 Hz AC supplied by overhead line. It is predominantly double-track, but with single-track sections from Stadelhofen to Tiefenbrunnen, Herrliberg-Feldmeilen to Meilen, Uetikon to Stäfa, and Uerikon to Rapperswil.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. pp. 12–13, 64–65. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7. 
  2. ^ a b "S-Bahn trains, buses and boats" (PDF). ZVV. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2012-03-12.