Yverdon Ste Croix Railway

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway

The Yverdon to Sainte Croix railway (French: Chemin de fer Yverdon–Ste Croix, YSteC) is a metre gauge (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in gauge) railway line and former railway company in Switzerland. The line connects the towns of Yverdon les Bains and Sainte Croix, both in the canton of Vaud, and is some 24 kilometres (15 mi) long, overcoming a vertical height change of 633 metres (2,077 ft). It is now owned and operated by the TRAVYS company (Transports Vallée de Joux - Yverdon les Bains - Sainte Croix).

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway History

The line was opened in 1893 by the Yverdon–Ste-Croix railway company, largely as a result of the influence of William Barbey from Valeyres-sous-Rances, who financed the building of the line. The line initially used steam locomotives to the articulated Mallet design. Because of the influence of the religious William Barbey, the line did not operate any trains on Sundays.

In 1918, after the death of William Barbey, the line began operations on Sundays. Like many Swiss railways, it suffered from a shortage of coal during the Second World War and, in 1945, it was electrified at 15 kV 16 2⁄3 Hz AC, using overhead wires.
On February 14, 1976 two railcars collided head-to-head between Essert-sous-Champvent and Valeyres-sous-Montagny at about 50 km/h (31 mph). Seven people died and 40 others were injured. The accident was put down to human error; the two trains were scheduled to cross at Essert-sous-Champvent, but the line was not equipped with automatic block signalling that would have prevented the accident.

In 2001, the Yverdon–Ste-Croix railway company was merged with the Pont-Brassus railway company and the Transports Publics Yverdon-Grandson bus company to form the new TRAVYS company. The company has since also absorbed the Orbe–Chavornay railway company.

In 2013 and as part of a joint order with Transports de la région Morges-Bière-Cossonay, the Montreux–Oberland Bernois railway and Transports publics fribourgeois, TRAVYS ordered three new trains for the Yverdon–Ste-Croix railway from Stadler Rail. Of these, two will be used to replace older stock, whilst the third will allow the introduction of a half-hourly service on the line. The trains are due for delivery in 2015.


Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 1
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Be4/4
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 40
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/SIG/SAAS
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1981
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Named "Yverdon - les - Bains"

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 2
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Be4/4
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 40
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/SIG/SAAS
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1981
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Named "Baulmes"

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 3
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Be4/4
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 40
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/SIG/SAAS
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1981
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: 2004 sold to Chemin de fer Bière-Apples-Morges as No.15

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 4
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Be4/4
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 46
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG/BBC
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1945
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: withdrawn March 2008

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 5
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Be4/4
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 46
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG/BBC
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1945

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 21
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Ge4/4
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: YSC/SIG/BBC
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1950    

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 22
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: B
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1893
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Sold to Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme (CFBS)

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 22"
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Tm2/2    
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Schöma/Deutz
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1971

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 23
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Tm2/2
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: RACO/Cummins
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1989

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 26
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: BF
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1893
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Sold to CFBS

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 27
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: BF
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1893
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Sold to CFBS

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 31
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: B
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1929
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Sold to CFBS

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 32
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: B
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1929
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Sold to CFBS

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 35
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: B
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 64
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWP
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1968
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Wired as intermediate coach for 1-3/51-53 and 4-5/54

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 36
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Ars
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SIG/RhB/Travys
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1913
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: ex-RhB B 2218, saloon "La Traverse". Rebuilt in 1960 (RhB) and again in 2002 (Travys).

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 51
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Bt
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 56
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/SAAS
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1983
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer for 1-3/2000-01

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 52
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Bt
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 56
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/SAAS
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1983
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: 2004 sold to BAM as No.54

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 52"
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Bt
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Stadler
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 2007
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Driving Trailer for 1-2/2000-01

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 53
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: BDt
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 64
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWP/SWA
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1968
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Ex-No.33, Rebuilt in 1991 from B, driving trailer for 1-3/2000-01

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 54
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: BDt
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 64
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: SWP/SWA
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1968
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Ex-No.34, Rebuilt in 1991 from B, driving trailer for 4    YSteC BDt 54

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 55
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Bt
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 64
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: ACMV/SAAS
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 1981

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 2000
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Be2/6
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 88
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Stadler/Adtranz
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 2001
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Stadler GTW

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Number: 2001
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Clas/Type: Be2/6
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Seats: 2nd: 88
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Manufacturer: Stadler/Adtranz
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Date of Manufacturer: 2001
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock Notes: Stadler GTW


Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Overview

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Type:                             Light rail
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Status:                          Operational
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Local:                            Canton of Vaud, Switzerland
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Termininus Stations:     Yverdon-les-Bains
                                                                                 Sainte-Croix
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Stations:                       10
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Services:                       1
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Operation Opened:       1893
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Owner:                          TRAVYS
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Operator(s):                  TRAVYS
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Depot(s):                       Yverdon-les-Bains


Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Technical

Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Line Length:                  24 km (15 mi)
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Number of Tracks:        Single track
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Track Gauge:                Metre (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in)
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Minimum Radius:          100 m (328 ft)
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Electrification:               15 kV 16 2⁄3 Hz AC overhead wire
Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Maximum Incline:          4.4%


Yverdon Ste Croix Railway Route

0,0 Yverdon-les-Bains 435m metres above sea level

La Thielle 79m

0,5 Depot and workshop

1,1 William Barbey YSteC

2,2 La Brinaz

3,0 Valeyres-sous-Montagny 450m metres above sea level

5,5 Essert-sous-Champvent 507m metres above sea level

8,5 Vuiteboeuf 589m metres above sea level

11,5 Baulmes 631m ü. M.

14,4 Six-Fontaines 705m metres above sea level

Murets145m

19,3 Trois-Villes 907m metres above sea level

Cochâble 59m

Arrêtaz 73m

Covatannaz 153m

Onglettaz 29m

24,2 Ste-Croix 1066 m metres above sea level







 
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