21st October 2000
Mittel Thurgau Bahn
Orient-Express auf der Sauschwänzlebahn
|Locos Used||11269, V170 1142, 52 7596 & 86 333|
|11269||Zürich - Dietikon - Winterthur - Shaffhausen|
|V170 1142 (1)||Shaffhausen - Lauchringen|
|52 7596||Lauchringen - Weizen - Zollhaus Blumberg - Immendingen - Singen - Radolfzell - Konstanz - Kreuzlingen|
|86 333||Banking loco : Weizen - Zollhaus Blumberg|
|11269||Kreuzlingen - Weinfelden - Frauenfeld - Winterthur - Dietikon - Zürich|
(1) 52 7596 on rear.
52 7596 and 86 333 are preserved German steam locomotives, ex Danish diesel V170 1142 has recently been bought for preservation.
This (expensive) railtour covered the NATO funded freight line from Lauchringen to Immendingen although the centre section from Weizen to Zollhaus Blumberg is run by a preservation group called Sauschwänzle Bahn. The preserved section runs for 26km although it is only 10km as the crow flies! There is a spiral and three horseshoes to enable the trains to climb from 471 metres at Weizen to 702 metres at Zollhaus Blumberg. The train was a heavy load nine so a good thrash up the hill.
Source : Stew Robertson
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