Hinwil - Bauma
section of the former Uerikon-Bauma-Bahn survived the
closure of the railway in 1948. Today, it the DVZO steam
assosication runs regular trains on it. Ettenhausen, June, 4th,
Abschnitt Hinwil Bauma der früheren Uerikon-Bauma-Bahn
überlebte bei der Stillgegung der Bahn 1948 und ging an die SBB
über. Heute fährt der Dampfbahnverein Zürcher Oberland
historische Züge auf dieser Strecke. Ettenhausen, 04.06.2010
- One of the finest preseved lines of Switzerland
"Dampfbahnverein Zürcher Oberland" runs one of the most
interesting preserved lines in Switzerland - among the few museum lines
that there exist. The DVZO-association started its operation in 1978 on
a stretch of the former, private "Uerikon-Bauma Bahn" (UeBB),
a secondary line that was closed in 1948.
then, the section of the
line between Hinwil and Bauma was taken over by Swiss federal railways
SBB and even been electrified. But traffic levels remained still
low as ever, as the
line, initially founded and initiated by local industrial tycoon
Guyer-Zeller and merely
linking insignificant villages, failed to satisfy actual traffic needs.
1972, also that remaining stretch was finally closed to passengers.
Nevertheless, it was kept open thoroughly for occasional freights and, more importantly, for
That was when the association
was formed started to raise
funds for its first steam engines and a historic trainset. A bunch of
started to rebuilt engines and coaches Today, DVZO owns one
of the finest collection of historic Swiss locomotives and
bildete praktisch während Jahrzehnten das Rückgrat der
Zugförderung der Uerikon-Bauma-Bahn. Der Triebwagen genügte
für das bescheidene Verkehrsaufkommen in der Regel trotz seines
beschränkten Platzangebots. Trotz dieser wirtschaftlichen
die Bahn nie wirklich in die Schwarzen Zahlen. Nach der
Schliessung der Uerikon-Bauma-Bahn 1948 gelangte der Triebwagen
zur SBB und wurde 1980 umfassen renoviert.
steam railcar handled over decades the majority of the traffic
over the former Uerikon-Bauma-Bahn (UeBB). Traffic
levels remained low, so the small, cost-effective
Esslingen railcar could handle it without major difficulties.
After closure of the UeBB in 1948, the vehicle was taken over by
Swiss federal railways SBB, who rebuilt it compeletely in 1980. Bäretswil, Oct.15,
former 'Uerikon-Bauma - Bahn' (UeBB) and what survived of it until present days:
The DVZO Hinwil-Bauma preserved steam line and the freight line Bubikon -
Wolfhausen. The dashed sections have been abandoned and lifted the years
after the closure of the UeBB in 1948.
The scenic line, which was still
fully maintained by federal railways SBB, but only partially used, was an
ideal candidate for a museum railway.
association owns half of the line. They equipped it with semaphore
signals, historic railroad crossings and restored the old
infrastructure. The museum-line
is only 11km, but it has eight bridges, features many picturesque spots and
steep grades up to 29‰ (1 in 35), so the engines have to prove
their traffic effort on each trip.
The museum line is a regional
attraction, running on a twin-weekly
pattern on Sundays during summer. On Saturdays in Summer and also during the rest of
the year, the association runs private specials on order. This is no
longer limited to the museum line, since the free access act has opened
the railroad network to other railroads as DVZO to some extent.
a look at the pictures in the pleasant Canton Züruch
Bauma-Hinwil museum line is one of the most interesting ones in
Switzerland. On October 13, 2007, the former Mittelthurgaubahn
2-6-2 tank engine had just left Neuthal with a scheduled vintage
DVZO Strecke Bauma-Hinwil ist sicher eine der interssantesten
Museumsbahnen der Schweiz. Am 13.Oktober hatte die Ec 3/5 gerade
Neuthal verlassen. Sie war anlässlich des Fahrzeugtreffens 2007 nach Bauma gekommen.
Gallery - click on the items to see pictures in full
website of DVZO steam railway association, Switzerland (Interesting
facts, pictures and up-to-date information, but in German only)
loco shed cooperative in Uster, where the association maintains
and stores the bulk of its steam engines during winter season
(Website in German only)
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