Zurich Oddity 2
Standing on the platforms of Uster station you will see trains on FOUR Zurich S-Bahn routes. S4 (GREEN) terminates, S5 (LIGHT BLUE) continues to the delightfully named Pfaffikon, S14 (DARK BROWN) to Hinwill and S15 (LIGHT BROWN) to Rappenswil.
Here is part of the S-Bahn map which may help.
... later taken over and extended to Rapperswil in 1857 and further absorbed by Swiss Railways in 1902.
Whilst the above is a brief summary of the technically correct Glattalbahn (Glatt Valley Railway) no one uses that name any more. It has just dissolved into being a collection of S-Bahn services.
Of course. the sainted Wikipedia will fill you in on more detail.
The line runs from Wallisellen, where it diverges from the Zurich to Winterthur line, to Uster and Rapperswil. A second link from Zurich, via the Zürichberg Tunnel, joins the line just before Dübendorf, and both routes are used by through trains from Zurich. The line also has junctions with the Effretikon to Hinwil line, at Wetzikon, and the Tösstalbahn, at Rüti. At Rapperswil, it connects with the Lake Zurich right bank line, the Rapperswil to Ziegelbrücke line, and the Südostbahn over the Seedamm.
The name Glattalbahn is German for Glattal railway, or Glatt valley railway. The river Glatt is a tributary of the river Rhine flowing from Greifensee lake to Glattfelden in Switzerland.
There will be an exam later!
Today's Glattalbahn ...
It's all very simple. Yeah, right!
Glattal is an area to the north of Zurich city with its own transport company, VBG - Verkehrsbetriebe Glattal coloured LILAC on the map below.BLUE.
As the Glattal area changed from rural backwater to a thriving residential and industrial area, and as the Zurich airport also grew, it was necessary to do something positive about public transport.
The answer was three tram lines developed and built by the Glattal bus company.PUCE) and 12 (PALE BLUE) are joined further south by 11 (GREEN).
We have encountered Stettbach in an earlier blog.
Tram 12 does not enter the city.
But, of course, it is not that simple.
Although the trams are owned by ZBG and run on infrastructure built by ZBG (with someone else's money!), lines 10 and 12 are operated by VBZ the Zurich city tram company! And they are managed by ZVV the consortium that oversees policy fares and publicity.
Oh yes, an line 11 of the ZBG is now actually entirely owned and operated by VBZ ...
Next Zurich oddity blog : Tuesday 24thh January
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