Orbe-Chavornay railway

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Orbe-Chavornay railway line
Overview
StatusOperational
OwnerTRAVYS
LocaleCanton of Vaud, Switzerland
TerminiOrbe
Chavornay
Stations4
Service
TypeLight rail
Services1
Operator(s)TRAVYS
History
Opened1894
Technical
Line length3.9 km (2.4 mi)
Number of tracksSingle track
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 V DC overhead wire
Route map

0.0 km
0 mi
Orbe
0.5 km
0.3 mi
St-Eloi
1.5 km
0.9 mi
Les Granges (Orbe)
3.9 km
2.4 mi
Chavornay
[1]

The Orbe-Chavornay railway (O-C) is a 3.9 km standard gauge railway in Vaud, Switzerland, linking the towns of Orbe and Chavornay (where there is an interchange with trains of the Swiss Federal Railways. The line was opened in 1894 and was operated by electric traction from the start - the first electrified standard-gauge railway in Switzerland. The line was initially operated with a direct current overhead power supply 600 Volts and is now 750 Volts.

Since 2001 the line has been operated by the Transports Vallée de Joux - Yverdon-les-Bains - Ste-Croix (TRAVYS).

Modernisation[edit]

As of 2017-18 the line is being modernised and upgraded to handle longer trains. The electrification system will be changed to the standard Swiss Federal Railways system of 15 KV alternating current. [2]

Photographs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Cologne: Schweers + Wall. 2012. p. 29. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7.
  2. ^ TRAVYS website: upgrading of railway (accessed 8 January 2018)