Trolleybuses in Winterthur
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Opened on 28 December 1938, the system gradually replaced the Winterthur tramway network.
The individual line sections of the Winterthur trolleybus system went into operation as follows:
|28 December 1938||Hauptbahnhof–Wülflingen Lindenplatz (3.1 km)||Line 2||Tram replacement|
|24 July 1941||Hauptbahnhof–Seen (4.2 km)||Line 2||Tram replacement|
|26 April 1948||Hauptbahnhof–Rosenberg||Line 3||Bus replacement|
|6 October 1951||Hauptbahnhof–Oberwinterthur Bahnhof (2.9 km)||Line 1||Tram replacement|
|3 November 1951||Hauptbahnhof–Zentrum Töss (1.8 km)||Line 1||Tram replacement|
|4 October 1960||Wülflingen Lindenplatz–Wülflingen||Line 2||New connection|
|4 October 1960||Hauptbahnhof–Breite–Hauptbahnhof||Line 3||Bus replacement|
|2 June 1965||Zentrum Töss–Töss||Line 1||New connection|
|16 June 1982||Oberwinterthur Bahnhof–Oberwinterthur||Line 1||New connection|
|26 October 1991||Hauptbahnhof–Oberseen||Line 6||Bus replacement|
|6 April 2011||Friedhof / Schachenweg–Rosenberg||Line 3||New connection|
With the timetable change on 23 May 1982, the Rosenberg line (line 3) was separated from the Breite line (a new line 4). The latter line, which operated as a circle line, was converted back into a diesel bus service on 28 May 1995, and the last remaining traces of its overhead wires disappeared at the end of January 2010.
Meanwhile, in December 2006, lines 3 and 6 were merged into the present line 3.
The present system is made up of the following lines, all of them cross-city routes:
|1||Töss–Hauptbahnhof–Oberwinterthur||In rush hour at 6-minute intervals, with 10 trolleybuses.|
|2||Wülflingen–Hauptbahnhof–Seen||In rush hour at 6-minute intervals, with 11 trolleybuses.|
|3||Rosenberg–Hauptbahnhof–Oberseen||In rush hour at 7.5-minute intervals, with 10 trolleybuses.|
The Winterthur trolleybus system was operated initially by conventional length, two-axle vehicles. In 1957, the first five articulated trolleybuses were ordered. They entered service in 1959.
In 1997, Stadtbus Winterthur sold a few trolleybuses to the Romanian city of Timișoara. Other trolleybuses were sold in 1998 to the Bulgarian city of Ruse, and, a year later, to Burgas, also in Bulgaria.
In March 2004, an order for 10 articulated trolleybuses was placed with Solaris Bus & Coach. In November 2005, the first trolleybus in this order was delivered. By the end of 2005, all had entered service; they replaced the Saurer trolleybuses nos. 122-131.
|101–124||24||Hess||Kiepe||BGT-N2C||yes||2010 - 2013|
|171–180||10||Solaris||Cegelec||Trollino 18||yes||2004 / 2005|
- Schwandl, Robert (2010). Schwandl's Tram Atlas Schweiz & Österreich. Berlin: Robert Schwandl Verlag. ISBN 978 3 936573 27 5. (German) (English)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Trolleybuses in Winterthur.|
- Stadtbus Winterthur - history of public transport in Winterthur (German)
- Stadtbus Winterthur - trolleybus fleet (German)
- Winterthur public transport map
- "Trolleybus city : Winterthur". Trolleymotion.
- Winterthur database / photo gallery and Winterthur trolleybus list at Urban Electric Transit – in various languages, including English.