Bex Villars Bretaye Railway

Bex-Villars-Bretaye Railway

The Bex Villars Bretaye railway (French: Chemin de fer Bex Villars Bretaye, BVB) is a metre gauge railway line operating between the towns of Bex and Villars sur Ollon and the Col de Bretaye mountain pass, situated in the Chablais region of southwest Switzerland. It is, in fact, two railways, one mixed adhesion and rack worked between Bex and Villars-sur-Ollon, the other, linking Villars to the Col de Bretaye being worked on the Abt rack system. Passengers making the full journey are required to change trains at Villars.

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway History

The authority to construct the railway was gained in three stages, that from Bex, a small town on the main Lausanne–Simplon railway, to Villars-sur-Ollon on 15 October 1897; from Villars to Chesières on 19 December 1905 and from Villars to Bretaye on 5 October 1911. The lines were opened in five stages. A tramway was opened from Bex to Bévieux on 10 September 1898, continuing to Gryon from 3 June 1900 as a rack railway and reaching Villars, again as tramway, just over one year later. The line from Villars to Chesières was opened on 12 August 1901, less than eight months after authorisation while the final link, that from Villars to Bretaye, opened on 18 December 1913 as a distinct company. The two companies BGVC and VB merged in 1943. However, the company was officially registered as "Forces motrices de l'Avançon" and this company still exists. Simply, the railway no longer belongs to this company. Since 1999 the line has been operated as part of the Transports Publics du Chablais and details from that date of investments are included under that heading.

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Line

The line, with a total length of 17.1 km, rises from 427 m (1,401 ft) at Bex to 1,810 m (5,938 ft) at Bretaye. Of this length, 7.34 km is operated on the Abt rack system.

The first part of the line, reflecting its tramway history, runs alongside and through the streets of Bex from its terminal in the square outside the main line station. For many years, the 3.4-km section between Bex station and Bévieux had a regular tram service in addition to the through service, albeit running only approximately hourly, using 1948-built three-axle trams 15 and 16. A bus service replaced the tram service in 2002, but in 2007 it was reported that a single round trip was still scheduled to take place each weekday, departing Bévieux at 7:01 and Bex at 7:15, using one of the 1948 trams. In 2013, this round trip was still being operated and was scheduled to depart Bévieux at 6:58 and return from Bex at 7:12, on weekdays only.

Electrical power is provided at 700 V DC through an overhead contact wire.


Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 8
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Be 2/2
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SWS
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1907
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled electric railcar; rebuilt 1953; out of service

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 9
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Be 2/2
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SWS
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1915
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 15
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Be 2/3
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SWS/SLM
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1948
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Three-axle tramcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 16
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Be 2/3
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SWS/SLM
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1948
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Three-axle tramcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 22
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: BDeh 2/4
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SLM
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1940
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 23
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: BDeh 2/4
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SLM
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1940
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 24
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: BDeh 2/4
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SLM
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1941
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 25
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: BDeh 2/4
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SLM
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1944
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 26
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: BDeh 2/4
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SLM
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1945
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 31
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Lavey    HGe 4/4
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SIG/MFO
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1953
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Locomotive

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 32
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Villars
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: HGe 4/4
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1964
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Locomotive

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 42
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Te 2/2
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SIG (rebuilt by BVB)
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1898
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Shunting locomotive

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 51
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: B
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1953
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Rebuilt 1996

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 52
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Bs
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1953
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Rebuilt 1999

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 53
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Bst
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1964
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Control trailer; rebuilt 1997

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 54
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Bt
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1964
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Control trailer; rebuilt 1999

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 61
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Bt
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1976
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Rebuilt 2000

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 62
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: B
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1977

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 63
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Bt
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: Schindler/SAAS
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1976
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Control trailer

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 64
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Bt
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: Schindler/SAAS
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1977
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Control trailer

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 65
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Bt
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: SIG/ACMV (Vevey)/BBC
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1987
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Control trailer

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 81
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Gryon
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: BDeh 4/4
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: ACMV (Vevey)/SLM/BBC
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1976
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 82
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Ollon
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: BDeh 4/4
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: ACMV (Vevey)/SLM/BBC
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 1977
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 83
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Bex
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: BDeh 4/4
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: ACMV (Vevey)/SLM/BBC    1987
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 91
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Bretaye
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Beh 4/8
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: Bombardier Transportation (Vevey)/Stadler
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 2000
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled twin-unit electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 92
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Barboleuse
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Beh 4/8
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: Bombardier Transportation (Vevey)/Stadler
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 2001
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled twin-unit electric railcar

Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Number: 93
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Name: Tuttlingen
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock class: Beh 4/8
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Manufacturers: Bombardier Transportation (Vevey)/Stadler
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacture: 2001
Bex Villars Bretaye Railway Locomotives, Railcars and Rolling Stock Notes: Self-propelled twin-unit electric railcar


Abbreviations

ACMV....Ateliers de constructions mécaniques de Vevey
BBC.....Brown, Boveri & Cie
BT......Bombardier Transportation
SAAS....S. A. Ateliers de Secheron, Geneva
SIG.....Societe Industrielle
SLM.....Schweizerische Lokomotiv- und Maschinenfabrik, Winterthur


Chemin de fer Bex Villars Bretaye Overview

Chemin de fer Bex Villars Bretaye Local:                       Bex, Switzerland
Chemin de fer Bex Villars Bretaye Operation Opened: 10 September 1898
Chemin de fer Bex Villars Bretaye Line Length:            17.1 km (10.63 mi)
Chemin de fer Bex Villars Bretaye Track Gauge:          1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) metre gauge
Chemin de fer Bex Villars Bretaye Electrification:          700 V DC Overhead wire
Chemin de fer Bex Villars Bretaye Highest Elevation:   1,810 m (5,938ft)
Chemin de fer Bex Villars Bretaye Rack System:          Abt


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