Tösstal railway line

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Tösstal railway line (S26)
The S26 in 2007/2009: Stadler GTW provided by THURBO.
The S26 in 2007/2009: Stadler GTW
provided by THURBO.
Type Heavy rail
System Zürich S-Bahn
Status Operational
Locale Zürich, Switzerland
Termini Winterthur HB
Rüti ZH
Stations 17
Website ZVV (English)
Owner Swiss Federal Railways
Operator(s) THURBO
Rolling stock Stadler GTW (most trains)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route diagram
km elev
line from Zürich
line from Koblenz and Bülach
0 Winterthur Hauptbahnhof 439 m
Rheinfall line to Schaffhausen
line to Romanshorn
2,5 Winterthur Grüze 452 m
line to Wil and St. Gallen
4,4 Winterthur Seen 468 m
7,2 Sennhof-Kyburg 484 m
8,6 Kollbrunn 493 m
11,3 Rikon 512 m
13,5 Rämismühle-Zell 530 m
15,8 Turbenthal 550 m
18,1 Wila 569 m
21,2 Saland 601 m
25,1 Bauma 639 m
UeBB from Uerikon
Lipperschwendi (55 m)
29,8 Steg 695 m
32,3 Fischenthal 735 m
34,7 Gibswil 757 m
Jonaschlucht (31 m)
Kühweid (132 m)
Platteneinschnitt (14 m)
39,6 Wald 617 m
Jonabrücke (65 m)
44,5 Tann-Dürnten 516 m
line from Zürich and Uster
46,1 Rüti ZH 482 m
line to Rapperswil

The Tösstal railway line (German: Tösstalbahn or TTB) is a railway in the Swiss canton of Zürich, which serves the communities of the Töss Valley. Passenger service on the line now forms part of the Zürich S-Bahn, branded as the S26, and the standard Zürcher Verkehrsverbund (ZVV) zonal fare tariffs apply to the line. It is one of the network's less-heavily traveled lines, and most of the route is single-tracked.[1][2]


The Tösstalbahn (TTB) opened between Winterthur Grüze and Bauma was on 4 May 1875, and its continuation to Wald opened on 15 October 1876. At Wald the line connected with the independently owned Wald-Rüti-Bahn (WR) from Rüti ZH, which had itself opened on 29 September 1876. The two lines remained in separate ownership until they both became part of the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) on 10 June 1918, although the TTB had operated the WB from 1902.

In 1901, the Uerikon-Bauma-Bahn (UeBB) opened, providing a third access point to the Tösstal line at Bauma. This line was never a great success, and in 1948 much of it was abandoned, but the stretch from Hinwil to Bauma was acquired by the SBB, retained and electrified. However passenger services ceased by 1979, and the Hinwil to Bauma section is now operated as a preserved railway by the Dampfbahn-Verein Zürcher Oberland (DVZO).[3][4]

In 1990, the passenger service on the Tösstalbahn became part of the Zürich S-Bahn network. Operation remained the responsibility of the SBB, with service provided using RBDe 560, with occasional RBe 540 supplements. Einheitswagen ("standard coaches") I or II as well as a BDt or Bt control car made up the rest of the consist, all of which were generally in the NPZ (blue over white) livery.

In December 2006, THURBO, a regional railway partly owned by the SBB, took over the operation of the S26 passenger service and provided new rolling stock. The line remains in the ownership of the SBB.[5]

Typical S26 equipment in 2006 - the SBB-CFF-FFS RBDe 560 



The line runs from a northern terminus in Winterthur Hauptbahnhof, the main station of the city of Winterthur, to a southern terminus at Rüti ZH station, on the railway line from Zürich to Rapperswil via Uster. In so doing it passes through the Zürcher Oberland following the valleys of the Töss river and Jona river.[1][2]

Along its route, the line serves the following stations:[1][2]

Tösstal near Wald. 
Stadler GTW train at Rikon. 
Wila railway station. 


The S26 provides the only regular passenger service over the bulk of the Tösstalbahn. It provides an hourly service between Winterthur and Rüti, with additional trains giving two trains per hour on the section between Winterthur and Bauma. A journey along the full route takes 64 minutes.[2][6]

The stations in the Winterthur suburbs are also served by other S-Bahn services, with the S12 serving Winterthur Seen and Winterthur Grüze stations, and the S35 serving Winterthur Grüze only.[2]

Rolling stock[edit]

Passenger service is in the hands of Stadler GTW units provided by THURBO.


  1. ^ a b c Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. pp. 12–13. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "S-Bahn trains, buses and boats" (PDF). ZVV. Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  3. ^ "Uerikon-Bauma-Bahn". www.eingestellte-bahnen.ch (in German). Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  4. ^ "SBB Betrieb ab 1947" [SBB operating from 1947] (in German). DVZO. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  5. ^ "Meilensteine" [Milestones] (in German). Retrieved 2013-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Winterthur–Bauma–RütiZH" (PDF). Bundesamt für Verkehr. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 

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