Vevey Les Pléiades Railway

Vevey Les Pléiades Railway is part of the Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans

The Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans (CEV) built and operated narrow gauge electric railway lines from Vevey to Blonay, Chamby, Châtel-St-Denis and Les Pléiades, in Switzerland. The first section to see service, that from Vevey to Chamby, was opened on 1 October 1902. Next section was the branch line from St Légier to Châtel–St Denis that opened on 2 April 1904. On 8 July 1911 the rack line from Blonay to Les Pléiades was opened.

On 23 November 1911, Blonay was also reached by the Clarens - Chailly - Blonay electric tramway operated by a separate company (CCB). This closed at the end of 1955, being replaced by buses.

The lines were constructed to a gauge of 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) and electrified from the outset. Presently it operates on 900 V DC, overhead contact. Train services were offered from Vevey to Chamby and Châtel-St-Denis, where the CEV connected to the 
MOB and GFM (now tpf). The electric motor coach from Vevey to Chamby conveyed coaches to Blonay, where they were taken over by a rack locomotive and brought up to Les Pléiades.

On 22 May 1966, the section Blonay–Chamby was closed, followed by St-Légier–Châtel-St Denis on 31 May 1969. While the Châtel-St Denis branch was torn up, track to Chamby remained. Railway enthusiasts formed an association which could set up a weekend museum operation starting on 20 July 1968. On 24 May 1998 CEV reintroduced regular trains but stopped these services again two years later because of low patronage. The infrastructure was always owned by CEV and the museum trains of the 
Blonay-Chamby museum railway operate in open access.

Of the remaining open sections, the Vevey to Blonay line is 5.72 km (3.55 mi) long and from there to Les Pléiades a further 4.79 km (2.98 mi). In that 10.51 km (6.53 mi). the line rises some 962 m (3,156 ft) reaching 1,348 m (4,423 ft) at Les Pléiades.

The line has its own workshops at Vevey although much work is undertaken at the 
MOB's Chernex works and also a small depot at Blonay.

In 2001, CEV was merged into the Transports Montreux-Vevey-Riviera (MVR) which is managed and operated by the 
MOB management under their Golden Pass Services banner.

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 1
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: HGe2/2
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SLM/MFO/SIG
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1911
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Rebuilt 2007, red livery, lettered 'Blonay-Les Pléiades' (Note 5)

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 2
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: HGe2/2
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SLM/MFO/SIG
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1911
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Red & White livery, lettered 'Blonay-Les Pléiades'

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 3
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: HGe2/2
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SLM/MFO/SIG
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1913
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Withdrawn 1984.

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 71
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: BDeh2/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWP/SAAS
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1970
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Rack & Adhesion. Rebuilt (see below)

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 71
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Beh2/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: Rebuilt from above 1999
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Train des Etoiles (Silver with stars) livery, single cab, permanently coupled to Bt 224

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 72
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: BDeh2/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWP/SAAS/BBC
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1970
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Rack & Adhesion. Rebuilt (see below)

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 72
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Beh2/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: Rebuilt from above
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 2002
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Astro Pléiades livery, double ended (2 cabs)

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 73
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: BDeh2/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWP/SAAS/BBC
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1970
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Rack & Adhesion, red & white livery (Note 3)

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 74
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: BDeh2/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWP/SAAS/BBC
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1970
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Rack & Adhesion, red & white livery

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 75
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: BDeh2/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWP/SAAS/BBC
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1983
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Rack & Adhesion, red & white livery

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 81
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Te2/2
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWS/MFO/CEV
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1963
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Built in 1963 using parts from retired Luzern trams. Often found at Chernex working as "works shunter"

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 82
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Te2/2
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWS/MFO/CEV
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1938
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Built on frame of wagon K 39 and used spare motors from 101 series

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 91
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Xrot
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWS/CEV/Boschung
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1910/66
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: ex-L 401 Snowplough (Note 2)

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 101
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Name: Blonay
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: BCFe4/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWS/MFO/CEV
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1903    Rebuilt 1949. Scrapped 1983

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 102
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: BCFe4/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWS/MFO/CEV
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1903
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Scrapped 1975

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 103
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: BCFe4/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWS/MFO/CEV
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1903
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Rebuilt 1951. Scrapped 2010

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 104
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Name: Vevey
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: BCFe4/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWS/MFO/CEV
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1905
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Rebuilt 1945. Scrapped 1973

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 105
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: BCFe4/4  BDe4/4
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWS/MFO
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1913
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Rebuilt 1964, not in running order, being restored as historic vehicle

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 221
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Bt
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWP/SAAS
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1976
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 222
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Bt
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWP/SAAS
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1976
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 223
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Bt
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/BBC/SIG
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1981
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer-used parts including bogies from coach 211 built by SIG,1949, 2009 sold to TPC

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 224
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Bt
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/BBC/SIG
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1990
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer - used parts including bogies from coach 212 built by SIG,1949. Burnt out 1996 (see below)

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 224
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Bt
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: R+J/MOB/ABB
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1999
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer, bogies SIG, 1949, frame rebodied and rebuilt with low floor, 1999, used as trailer car with rebuilt No. 71

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 7001
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Name: Vevey
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Be2/6
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Stadler/ACMV/Adtranz/SLM
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1997    
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Note 1

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 7002
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Name: St Legier La Chiesaz
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Be2/6
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Stadler/ACMV/Adtranz/SLM
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1997
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Note 1

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 7003
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Name: Blonay
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Be2/6
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Stadler/ACMV/Adtranz/SLM
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1998
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Note 1 / Note 6

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 7004
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Name: Montreux
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Class: Be2/6
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Stadler/ACMV/Adtranz/SLM
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1998
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Note 1

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 7501
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Stadler
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 2015
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Notes: Note 7

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Number: 7502
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Stadler

Note 1: This class are labeled Chemin de fer Léger de la Riviera, Two of them are usually to be found working on the Vevey - Blonay line whilst the other two are found working from Montreux. The numbering scheme used is that of MOB.
Note 2: Rotary plough blowers by Boschung Schmitten on downhill end, double plough blades in 'V' formation at uphill end, mounted on underframe of L 401.
Note 3: This railcar was the first to be released from works with the new "golden pass" logo. The lower panel, below the main saloon, was repainted in red and the cream coloured logo applied.(First week in May 2010).
Note 4: Motor coaches 101–105 delivered as BCFe 4/4 (2nd and 3rd class plus luggage, adhesion only), became ABFe 4/4 in 1956, ABDe 4/4 in 1963 and BDe 4/4 in 1970, when first class was abolished on CEV.
Note 5: Locomotives 1–3 were delivered as HGe 2/2 for rack & adhesion. 1950/51 they were rebuilt to rack only and became thus He 2/2.
Note 6: This railcar was the first to appear in Golden Pass white/gold livery in October 2011.
Note 7: This set was released to traffic in December 2015 in the midnight blue and white livery similar to that formally used on the Golden Pass Panorama trains. The set is similar to the Stadler "Flirt" trains used elsewhere in Europe but this in a metre gauge format.


Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Abbreviations

ABB = ABB Group
ACMV = Ateliers de constructions mécaniques de Vevey
BBC = Brown, Boveri & Cie
CEV = Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans
MFO = Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon
MOB = Montreux-Oberland Bernois
R+J = Ramseier + Jenzer
SAAS = Société Anonyme des Ateliers de Sécheron, Geneva
SIG = Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft
SLM = Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works, Winterthur
SWP = Schindler Waggon Pratteln


Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Overview

Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Local:    Vevey, Switzerland
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Line Length:    10.51 km (6.53 mi)
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Track Gauge:    1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Electrification:    900 V DC overhead contact
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Highest Elevation:    1,348 m (4,423 ft)
Chemins de fer électriques Veveysans Rack System:    
Blonay – Les Pléiades: Strub
Vevey – Blonay: None




 
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