Busy Busy : A Reminder
Friday 20 January 2023
Bahnhof Stadelhofen And Oddity No 1
Stadelhof station has three tram routes, 8 (LIGHT GREEN), 11 (GREEN) and 15 (RED) of which 15 terminates. There are 12 S-Bahn routes shown (although some are "occasional") of which the ORANGE one terminates, although how it does this is, initially, a mystery. But it will be revealed later!
fbb will not attempt to list all the services stopping at Stadelhofen, but, be brave, it is all on line at zvv.ch
As You WereThe station itself is in a cutting between two tunnels as was explained in yesterday's blog. The site was crossed by a road and (right in picture below) a footbridge.
S-Bahn Super Station
With the coming of the S-Bahn and notably with he addition of the Zurichberg route and services, it was clear that Stadelhofen would need some improvement.
So look at it now!
... running the length of the station overlooking long and protective platform canopies, seen (below) under construction.
Which leaves us with one big problem.
The Terminating Orange Line
There it is, labelled as S18.GREEN).The Forch railway line opened on November 27, 1912, with the trip taking 67 minutes. As built, the line from the Zürich city boundary to Esslingen was a single track tramway, largely mixed in with road traffic. At Esslingen, the Forch line connected with the Uster-Oetwil line (picture below) and, indirectly via that, with the Wetzikon-Meilen line. These two metre gauge tramway lines had both closed by 1950.
In 1950 it was proposed that the line should be replaced by buses, and a two-week test bus operation was undertaken with moderate success. The conclusion of the experiment was that retaining the line was the best solution provided that the line could be separated from the street and modernized. In the following decade, separation of rail and road traffic was increased.
... built to remove street running from the village above. Several stops exist in the tunnel and access is simply by a staircase in the grass verge above the stop!
Hmm. Sheffield Supertram has an ongoing problem with traffic congestions at Hillsborough.
More Zurich "oddities" will follow on Monday.
Next Variety blog : Saturday 21st Januarty