Wetzikon–Meilen tramway

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Wetzikon–Meilen tramway
Wetzikon Meilen Bahn Grüningen.JPG
A WMB tram in Grüningen
Overview
StatusClosed and removed
LocaleCanton of Zürich, Switzerland
TerminiKempten
Meilen
Stations24
Services1
Operation
Opened1903
Closed1950
Depot(s)Grüningen,
Wetzikon,
Meilen
Technical
Line length22.5 kilometres (14.0 mi)
Track gauge1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge
Minimum radius25 metres (82 ft)
Electrification750 V, DC, overhead
Maximum incline6.5%
Route diagram
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-2.4 Kempten Ochsen
566m
Kempten SBB
Oberwetzikon
0.0 Wetzikon SBB
532m
2.1 Grüt
547m
4.0 Gossau
500m
5.2 Ottikon
504m
Grüningen Itzikon
Grüningen Städtli
8.3 Grüningen
465
Grüningen Binzikon
Grüningen Holzhausen
11.1 Oetwil am See Willikon
558m
11.6 Langholz
581m
11.1
12.3 Stäfa Mühlehölzli
602m
15.1 Männedorf Auf Dorf
491m
Männedorf Allmend
Männedorf Büelen
Uetikon Kleindorf
16.9 Uetikon Grossdorf
458m
Dollikon
18.7 Obermeilen
414m
19.6 Meilen SBB
420m
20.1 Meilen Schiffsstation
411m

The Wetzikon–Meilen tramway (German: Wetzikon-Meilen-Bahn, WMB) was a metre gauge rural electric tramway in the Swiss canton of Zürich. It linked the town of Meilen, on the shore of Lake Zürich, with Wetzikon and Kempten in the Zürcher Oberland.[1][2][3]

The WMB had interchanges with the main line at Meilen station, on the Lake Zürich right bank line, at Wetzikon station, on the Wallisellen to Rapperswil line, and at Kempten station, on the Effretikon to Hinwil line. It also had a track connection with another metre gauge rural tramway, the Uster-Oetwil-Bahn (UOeB), at Langholz [de]. Through the UOeB, the WMB had indirect metre gauge connections to the Forchbahn and the Zürich city tram network.[1][2]

The tramway was opened on 3 January 1903, with termini on the lakeside in Meilen and at Kempten. The section between Meilen lakeside and Meilen station closed on 3 October 1931, followed on 14 May 1939 by the section between Wetzikon and Kempten. The rump of the line survived until 13 May 1950, when it was replaced by a bus service operated by the Verkehrsbetriebe Zürichsee und Oberland (VZO).[1][3]

The line was electrified at 750 V DC. It had a length of 22.5 kilometres (14.0 mi), with 24 stops, a maximum gradient of 6.5% and a minimum radius of 25 metres (82 ft). Of the lines total length, 18.3 kilometres (11.4 mi) ran in the street, with the remainder on its own dedicated right of way. Apart from one small concrete bridge, there were no significant engineering structures.[1][2]

The line's headquarters and workshops were located at Grüningen, with additional depots at Wetzikon and Meilen. The Grüningen site still exists and, with significant rebuilding, is now the headquarters of the VZO. Station buildings also exist at Uetikon, Männedorf, Oetwil am See, Ottikon and Gossau, together with a goods shed at Grüt.[1]

None of the WMB rolling stock has survived. A tram car is displayed at the VZO's Grüningen site, in the colour scheme of the WMB and carrying the markings of car CFe 4/4 2 of 1903. However this is in fact Trogenerbahn BDe 4/4 23, a largely identical car that never actually operated on the WMB.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Wetzikon-Meilen Bahn". www.eingestellte-bahnen.ch. Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  2. ^ a b c Eisenbahnatlas Schweiz. Verlag Schweers + Wall GmbH. 2012. pp. 12–13. ISBN 978-3-89494-130-7.
  3. ^ a b "Geschichte" [History] (in German). VZO. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  4. ^ Suppes 94/95 Historische Wertpapiere. WWA Bernd Suppes. 1994. p. 454. ISSN 0936-9406.

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