Aigle Leysin Railway

Aigle Leysin Railway

The Aigle–Leysin railway (French: Chemin de fer Aigle–Leysin, AL) was the earliest of the narrow gauge line in the Chablais area of south west Switzerland. The line was opened on 5 May 1900, a 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3/8 in)-gauge cog-wheel railway using the Abt rack system.
Nowadays it is joined in Aigle's main railway station by express trains of the Swiss Federal Railways together with those of three other, local, narrow-gauge railways: the
Aigle-Ollon-Monthey-Champéry Railway (AOMC), the Aigle–Leysin Railway and the Aigle-Sépey-Diablerets Railway (ASD).

Aigle–Leysin Railway History

5 May 1900 : opening of the section from Aigle CFF station - Grand-Hôtel des Bains (Aigle).
5 November 1900 : opening of the section from Grand-Hôtel des Bains - Feydey (Leysin)
1912 : The line between Leysin-Village et Leysin-Feydey is doubled
September 1915 : Extension of the line to the current terminus at Leysin-Grand Hôtel.
In 1946, the rolling stock was renewed, and the traction current voltage was changed from 650 to 1300 volts. This allowed the journey time to be reduced to around 30 minutes.


Aigle Leysin Railway The Route

The Aigle Leysin railway line is 6.5 km (4.04 mi) long and rises 1,047 m (3,435 ft) from its terminus outside the main line station in Aigle to its summit at the Grand Hôtel at Leysin. The first 1 km of the route is through the streets of Aigle from the railway station to the railway depot where the train reverses to enable the powered vehicle to be at the rear of the train for the uphill journey, normal working on a rack (cog-wheel) railway. From this point the line climbs steeply through the vineyards, the steepest gradient being 1 in 4.3 (23%).

The operating voltage of the line has changed four times, increasing from 600 V DC at opening, first to 650 V DC, then in 1946 to 1300 V DC, and later to the present operating voltage of 1500 V DC.


Aigle–Leysin Railway Mergers

In 1975 the four local railway companies, Aigle–Leysin, Aigle–Ollon–Monthey–Champéry, Aigle–Sépey–Diablerets and Bex–Villars–Bretaye (BVB) merged to form a single operating company, known as the Transports Publics du Chablais (TPC). This brought about increased co-operation between the companies in the provision of community-based services.

Aigle–Leysin Railway Federal Involvement

In 1985, the Federal Government informed the Aigle–Leysin Railway, and other privately operated railways, that it would cease all funding the following year, however they renewed a federal concession for a further period of 50 years. An agreement was signed between the Canton of Vaud, the communities served by the railway and the Aigle–Leysin Railway and its partners to renew rolling stock and upgrade the track.

In the mid-1990s, faced with greatly increased operating costs, the Canton of Vaud and the communities served by the railway petitioned the Federal Government to revoke its 1985 decision. The Federal Government did so and in 1996, recognizing the importance of this regional line as a public transportation carrier, awarded the line with a contract to provide a public transportation service. This brought about, in 1999, talks which resulted in the founding, the following year, of Transports Publics du Chablais as the parent body of local public transportation with the four local railway companies as founding members. The railway now operates as line A under the TPC banner.


Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 12
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: He 2/2
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1915
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Notes: Static monument, En Chalex

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 101
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: Te 2/2
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Reb. AL
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1949
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Notes: Rebuilt 2006/7, returned to traffic, 2008. Out of service, Les Diabrelets, Sept 2009.

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 201
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: Arseh 2/4
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SLM/BBC
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1946
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Notes: Converted to 1st class Restaurant Car

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 202
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: BDeh 2/4
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SLM/BBC
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1946

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 203
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: BDeh 2/4
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SLM/BBC
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1946

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 301
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Aigle
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: BDeh 2/4
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG/SAAS
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1966

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 302
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Leysin
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: BDeh 2/4
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: SIG/SAAS
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1966

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 311
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Yvorne
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: BDeh 2/4
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Vevey/BBC
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1987
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Notes: Ex-No. 303

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 312
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Ollon
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: BDeh 2/4
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Vevey/BBC
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1987
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Notes: Ex-No. 304

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 313
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: La Berneuse
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: BDeh 2/4
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Vevey/BBC
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1993
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Notes: Ex-No. 305

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 351
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: Bt
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG/SAAS   
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1966    

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 352
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: Bt
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG/SAAS
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1966

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 361
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: Bt
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/SIG/BBC
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1987
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Notes: Ex-No. 353

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 362
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: Bt
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/SIG/BBC
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1987
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Notes: Ex-No. 354

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 363
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: Bt
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/SIG/BBC
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1993
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Notes: Ex-No. 355

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: B2
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1900

Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Class: B2
Aigle–Leysin Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock  Date of Manufacturer: 1955


Aigle–Leysin Railway Abbreviations

BBC : Brown, Boveri & Cie
ACMV : Ateliers Construction Mechaniques de Vevey
SIG : Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft
SLM : Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works
Vevey : Vevey Technologies (previously ACMV).


Aigle–Leysin Railway Overview

Aigle–Leysin Railway Terminal Stations:   Aigle
Leysin, Switzerland
Aigle–Leysin Railway Operation Opened: 1900-1915
Aigle–Leysin Railway Owner:                    Transports Publics du Chablais
Aigle–Leysin Railway Operator(s):            Transports Publics du Chablais
Aigle–Leysin Railway Depot(s):                 Aigle
Aigle–Leysin Railway Line Length:            6.209 km (3.858 mi)
Aigle–Leysin Railway Track Gauge:          1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)
Aigle–Leysin Railway Electrification:          1500 V DC
Aigle–Leysin Railway Highest Elevation:   1,047 m (3,435 ft)
Aigle–Leysin Railway Maximum Incline:    23 %
Aigle–Leysin Railway Rack System:         Abt








 
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