Monday, October 29, 2018

the Brunnen-Morschachbahn, Switzerland

The Brunnen-Morschach-Bahn (BrMB) or Brunnen-Morschach-Axenstein-Bahn was a just over 2 km metre-gauge cog wheel railway which lasted from 1905 to 1969 and went from Brunnen on the shore of Lake Lucerne (437 metres altitude) up to the village of Morschach and the Hotel Axenstein (705 metres altitude).  The maximum gradient was 17%.

The rolling stock consisted of what is in the picture plus a goods boxcar and an overhead line maintenance car. From opening it used 750 Volt 3-phase 50 Hz electricity. This needed two separate overhead wires and the locos were fitted with twin trolley poles which had to be turned manually at the termini.

The railway was replaced by a bus route in 1969.

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