Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway

The Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry railway (French: Chemin de fer Aigle-Ollon-Monthey-Champéry, AOMC) is a metre-gauge railway operating in the Chablais region of Switzerland. It was created in 1946 by the amalgamation of the Aigle–Ollon–Monthey Railway (AOM) and the Monthey–Champéry–Morgins Railway (MCM). Today its starting point is two newly built bay (terminal) platforms at the main line station at Aigle, adjacent to the line of the SBB-CFF-FFS. From there is serves the towns suggested by its title.

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway History

The original intention had been to construct a railway from Aigle to Villars via Ollon and the concession was awarded on 27 April 1897. The Chemin de fer Bex-Gryon-Villars, however, strongly objected to the new line, arguing that there was insufficient traffic for two lines to serve Villars. After listening to the arguments, the federal authorities agreed and the original concession was withdrawn to be replaced by a new one for a line from Aigle to Monthey via Ollon. Concession to build the line was awarded on 6 February 1899 and was followed by that for a line from Monthey to Champéry on 22 June of the same year.

The AOM opened to traffic on 3 April 1907. Construction of the line to Champéry was slower and this was not ready for traffic by the time of the opening of the AOM, but took place on 30 January 1908. The plans for a line from the village of Val d'Illiez to Morgins were scrapped following poor profit forecasts.
From 1 January 1946 the two companies amalgamated to form the AOMC and plans were put forward to bring the line up to date. With regard to the rolling stock for the line, this meant the construction of four new railcars of Series BDeh4/4, numbered 511-4, which were delivered in 1954.

Passenger rolling stock has been regularly updated since that time, with the latest delivery, two twin-car railcars (numbered 591 and 592), arriving in 2001.

Although the line to Morgins was not built, the present day system does include a short, one kilometre section from the town station in Champéry to Champéry-Planachaux, where a lift forms part of the public access to the mountains.

Nowadays the AOMC is part of a larger, regional system operated, along with local bus services, by the Transports Publics du Chablais.


The line of the Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway

The line, built to a metre gauge, is 23.14 km (14.38 mi) in length of which 3.66 km (2.274 mi) is operated on the Strub rack system at a maximum gradient of 13.5%. The line rises from 404 m (1,325.5 ft) at Aigle to a height of 1,049 m (3,441.6 ft) at Champéry, a total rise of 645 m (2,116.1 ft). It is electrically operated by overhead contact at 850 V DC.

Important investment plans were developed by the AOMC in 1995. One plan involved the construction of a large maintenance workshop and stockholding facility. This work was completed and opened by the TPC in 2001. The new dépôt at En Châlex, alongside the line a short distance east of Aigle has over 26,500 sq.m. of space available for workshops and nowadays is the main depot for the three TPC narrow gauge lines in Aigle. Space is also available on the site for expansion in the future should this be required.

In 2006 the TPC commenced a programme of building works at Aigle in collaboration with the
CFF/SBB/FFS. This was to bring together all three of the metre gauge lines at new platforms adjacent to those of the main line company. Work was completed in early 2007 when the services were brought together; the AOCM making use of the two platforms nearest the main line. These platforms feature new lighting and public address systems and have easy access from the town's Place de la Gare.

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 101
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Yvorne
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Be 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1966
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Rebuilt: 1985
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Ex-BTB No.14, Adhesion only

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 102
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Chablais
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Be 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1966
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Rebuilt: 1985
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Ex-BTB No.12, Adhesion only

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 103
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Collombey-Muraz
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Be 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1966
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Rebuilt: 1985
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Ex-BTB No.13, Adhesion only

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 104
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Ollon
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Be 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1966
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Rebuilt: 1985
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Ex-BTB / scrapped 2007

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 105
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Aigle
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Be 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1966
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Rebuilt: 1985
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Ex-BTB No.11, Adhesion only

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 501
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Vaud
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: BDeh 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: ACMV/SLM/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1986
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: (a)

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 502
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Valais
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: BDeh 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: ACMV/SLM/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1987
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: (a)

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice        
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 503
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Europe
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: BDeh 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: ACMV/SLM/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1992

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 511
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Champéry
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: BDeh 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1954
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Rack equipped, Out of order

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 512
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Val d'Illiez
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: BDeh 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1954
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Rack equipped

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 513
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Monthey           
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: BDeh 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1954
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Rack equipped

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 514
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Troistorrents
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: BDeh 4/4
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Rebuilt: 1954
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Rack equipped

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice-Double
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 591
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Beh 4/8
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: BT/Stadler
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 2001
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Rack equipped

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Automotrice-Double
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 592
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Name: Portes-du-Soleil
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Beh 4/8
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: BT/Stadler
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 2001
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Rack equipped

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Voiture pilote
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 132
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Bt
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1966
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Rebuilt: 1985
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Voiture pilote
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 133
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Bt
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1966
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Rebuilt: 1985
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer / scrapped 2007

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Voiture pilote
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 134
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Bt
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: Schindler/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1966
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Rebuilt: 1985
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Voiture pilote
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 531
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Bt
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: ACMV/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1987
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer (a)

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Voiture pilote
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 532
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: Bt
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: ACMV/BBC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1987

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Voiture voyageur
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 122
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: B2
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1932
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: 2nd class coach/now VFV

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Voiture voyageur   
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 523
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: B
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: ACMV
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1967
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: 2nd class coach (b)

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Voiture voyageur
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 524
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: B
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: ACMV
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1968
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: 2nd class coach (b)

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Vehicle Type: Voiture voyageur
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Running No: 525
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling SSeries No: B
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Builder: ACMV
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Date: 1969
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rolling Stock Notes: 2nd class coach (b)

(a) Builders plate shows 1986, delivery was in 1987

(b) Not in service at present.

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Overview

Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Termini:         Aigle Champéry, Switzerland
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Opened:       1907-1908
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Owner:          Transports Publics du Chablais
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Operator(s):  Transports Publics du Chablais
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Depot(s):                 Aigle
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Line Length:            23.138 km (14.377 mi)
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Track Gauge:          1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Electrification:         1500 V DC
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Highest Elevation:  1,047 m (3,435 ft)
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Maximum Incline:   13.5 %
Aigle Ollon Monthey Champéry Railway Rack System:         Strub






 
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