Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall railway station
The railway station, train of the S33 line, tunnel and castle seen from the station platform
Canton of Zürich,
|Elevation||389 m (1,276 ft)|
|Owned by||Swiss Federal Railways|
Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall is a railway station in the Swiss canton of Zürich and municipality of Laufen-Uhwiesen. The station is overlooked by Schloss Laufen ("Laufen Castle") and in turn overlooks the famous Rhine Falls, from which it derives its name. It is located on the Swiss Federal Railway's Rheinfall line and is served by Zürich S-Bahn line S33.
The station is situated to the west of Schloss Laufen and its single platform overlooks the Rhine immediately below the falls. Immediately to the east of the station the railway line tunnels under the castle and then crosses the Rhine above the falls on a bridge that also carries pedestrian traffic. The station is linked to the castle by a walkway, and is mostly used by visitors to the castle and falls.
Formerly only served in summer, the station is now served all year round, but there is no service after around 18:00. During service hours, trains on the S33 between Winterthur and Schaffhausen call twice hourly in both directions.
In 2012, the government of the canton of Zürich proposed that Schloss Laufen am Rheinfall station should be closed from 2015, as it is unable to be adapted for disabled access and is too short to handle the longer trains that are to be introduced then. An alternative of relocating the station onto the nearby Rhine bridge was considered too expensive. The proposal has encountered significant opposition in the cantonal council.
The station seen from the path to the castle, with a Stadler GTW unit on line S33 in the platform
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