Letten Tunnel

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Letten Tunnel
Zurich Letten Tunnel.jpg
The northern portal of the tunnel, near the former Letten station
LineLake Zürich right bank line
LocationZürich, Switzerland
StatusDisused and sealed
OwnerSwiss Federal Railways
OperatorSwiss Federal Railways
CharacterPassenger and freight
Length2,093 metres (6,867 ft)
No. of tracks1
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
ElectrifiedOverhead catenary
15 kV AC 16,7 Hz
Route map

The Letten Tunnel (German: Lettentunnel) is a disused railway tunnel in the Swiss city of Zürich. It is situated on the old route of the Lake Zürich right bank railway (Rechtsufrige Zürichseebahn) from Zurich Hbf station to Rapperswil station. Radical changes to the local railway geography led to the tunnel being superseded in 1990, and closed and sealed by 2002.[1][2][3]

As built in 1894, the right bank railway was a single track line that departed from Zürich Hbf in a westerly direction, before performing a clockwise 270 degrees turn via a viaduct over the Limmat, the principal river flowing through the city of Zürich. It then passed through Letten station and the Letten Tunnel in order to reach Stadelhofen station. By rail the distance between Zurich Hbf and Stadelhofen was some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), despite the fact that they are only 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) apart in a straight line.[2][3]

In 1990 the Letten Tunnel was replaced by the Hirschengraben Tunnel, which took a direct route from new through low-level platforms at Zurich Hbf under the Limmat to Stadelhofen. After the new route opened, the original railway line and tunnel fell into disuse. The railway line was closed in 1998, and by 2002 it had been removed, and the tunnel was filled in and sealed off.[2][3]

The northern portal of the tunnel can still be observed from a location close to the former Letten railway station and the Letten power station on the banks of the Limmat. The northern approaches to the tunnel, including the bridge over the Limmat, are now used as a cycle and pedestrian path.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b map.geo.admin.ch (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  2. ^ a b c d "Der ehemalige Bahnhof Letten Wasserwerkstrasse 93" [The former railway station Letten Wasserwerkstrasse 93] (in German). Prof. Arthur Dürst. Archived from the original on 2015-04-07. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  3. ^ a b c Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. pp. 64–65. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7.

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