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CH30: Wengernalpbahn

A Wengernalpbahn train stands at the Kleine Scheidegg train station. Wengernalpbahn or WAB (see the green livery for the letters) is a cogwheel or rack railway connecting Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald, via Kleine Scheidegg. Even though it is the same line all the way, the trains are two separate ones terminating at Kleine Scheidegg. That means passengers from one end wishing to go to the other end will still need to disembark here and change trains.


The rolling stock was supplied by Stadler, with the electrical components (motors, converters, etc) being supplied by ABB. I understand they are from the 1950s and 1960s, with refurbishments along the way.

CH30: Wengernalpbahn

A Wengernalpbahn train stands at the Kleine Scheidegg train station. Wengernalpbahn or WAB (see the green livery for the letters) is a cogwheel or rack railway connecting Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald, via Kleine Scheidegg. Even though it is the same line all the way, the trains are two separate ones terminating at Kleine Scheidegg. That means passengers from one end wishing to go to the other end will still need to disembark here and change trains.


The rolling stock was supplied by Stadler, with the electrical components (motors, converters, etc) being supplied by ABB. I understand they are from the 1950s and 1960s, with refurbishments along the way.

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Sep 2013, 00:32
Same colour and appearance as Melbourne trams, Ayush...nicer backdrop, though.
Ayush Basu: Not being familiar with the Melbourne trams and on looking them up, they indeed seem to have a very similar livery Ray. You certainly know your LRVs of Australiasmile
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 19 Sep 2013, 00:59
Brilliant shot Ayush! I love how the train blends into the surroundings. Love the colors. smile
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Frances, I will miss your regular inputs
It does sort of blend in.
Ayush Basu: Yes, quite true, don't they?
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Sep 2013, 07:00
A fine image Ayush - the Swiss are just so clever & innovative when it comes to transportation
Ayush Basu: Thank you Chris, transportation among other things smile
Aren't the Swiss clever in the way that everything blends in and is never an eyesore?
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Pauline I wish the same could be said about other products of so many other nationalities.
  • Chad (Ridge)
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 19 Sep 2013, 08:39
Green transport, I am all in favour of this Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Chad, you picked up a strong message from this image
Swiss trains have a reputation of running exactly to time and being very clean.
Ayush Basu: I have heard the same Brian and I think I can corroborate
The Swiiss are quite clever Ayush! Very nice capture with the layers.
Ayush Basu: There engineering is certainly right there at the very top Richard. Thank you
Green on green!
Ayush Basu: It was all begging to be captured and presented Dr Wilson smile
i like the way that you framed the train showing the interlocking stone platform and the tracks... that background isn't too shabby either....petersmile
Ayush Basu: Ah the platform, it is something that holds memories for me Peter. Thank you, for your observation and comment
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Sep 2013, 06:46
It would make a great model train, Ayush, right? smile
Ayush Basu: Right Ginnie, in fact I would be shocked if it already has not smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Sep 2013, 09:22
I believe the motor coach is always at the downhill side of the train for safety so pushes the trailer up the mountain. During winter, there is a little wagon laden with skis. Chris is right; us Brits have a lot to learn.
Ayush Basu: You certainly know the trains out there and I will take your word for it, Alan. Thank you for stopping by
Fine shot Ayush, the scenery is beautiful and this train fits comfortably smile
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Martin. Yes I agree with your observation
This is a lovely colourful capture of the electric train Ayush with a fine pantograph connecting overhead.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much, Sally. Actually for me the one sided pantograph is more common than the rhombus shaped one.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Sep 2013, 12:04
Wenger is the German for the cogwheel mechanism. Older than 50 years and still running - great engineering.
Ayush Basu: Great engineering is apt. A lot of it has something to do with..... common sense smile
The colours are really well suited for the countryside, Ayush. It appears that you shot this before the passengers embarked.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Beverly. I think this train was waiting to take on fresh passengers although I did not take this train
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 20 Sep 2013, 14:13
I agree, nice blend of colors.
Ayush Basu: I have to admit, I did not have to work hard at this shot tongue Thank you, Jennie
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Sep 2013, 19:51
This is just so smart, Ayush
Ayush Basu: They are all classics and so well maintained. Thank you very much for the comment Lisl

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