Re: A first and last look at Luzern's Barrier Line


I have never had a clear answer as to why the Luzern - Eichwald section was built as four-rail instead of three-rail track. The first section of this track was opened for traffic on 29 April 1897 and was only about 500 m. This system then allowed to enter and leave the narrow gauge track without points. And the standard gauge rails belonged to Kriens-Luzern-Bahn. Owner of the narrow gauge was at that time the Jura-Simplon (JS).

1899 KLB was bought by the city of Luzern and JS became part of Swiss Federal Railways in 1903. New owners were thus a city and a state.

1943 the track was continued from Eichwald to Zeughaus (arsenal).

1973 the connection to Kriens from Eichwald was closed and the trains now went to R�sslimatt, the place where the separate standard gauge track is.

1997 the operation was sold from the city of Luzern to a new KLB cooperation.

By the end of 2009 the operation of KLB ended. The track Luzern - R�sslimatt was sold to ZB. R�sslimatt - Kupferhammer closed, Kupferhammer - Kriens had already be torn up in 2004.

ZB also bought the standard gauge R�sslimatt - Horw which had been built as a private siding (using public railway site!!)

These days the last bit of the old KLB will loose traffic. The new ZB standard gauge Luzern - Horw will be formed of a new three-rail track and the former private four-rail track to Horw.

An important difference between four-rail and three-rail operation is this: On four-rail the centre of a standard gauge wagon, a narrow gauge wagon and of a standard gauge wagon on transporter truck is the same. On three rail track, the centre of a standard gauge wagon is 217.5 mm to one side (= 435/2) it needs more free profile.

Markus, G�rbetal

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