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German border lines
Germany - Denmark
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Germany - Switzerland
Germany - France
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Swiss border lines
Switzerland - France
Switzerland - Italy
Switzerland - Austria
Switzerland - Germany

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border-stations in Basel region

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 General headnotes
Despite using essentially the same power system, specially-equipped stock has to be used for cross-border electric trains, because of the different dimensions of the pantographs (and the corresponding "zig-zag" catenary) and vehicle loading gauges. In particular, the contact-strip of DB/ÖBB-pantos (1950mm) is too wide for the SBB network and on the other hand the SBB's narrow strip (1450mm) might lose contact with the wire in Germany or Austria.

Passengers may travel between different parts of Germany via Schaffhausen or » Basel Badischer Bahnhof without undergoing border-controls. It is usually necessary to pass a border-control to reach or leave the platform used by DB trains at Schaffhausen. However, passengers may freely change trains and use stations facilities at Basel Badischer Bahnhof, as border-checks are only made at the station entrance.



 Weil (Rhein) - Basel Badischer Bf (electrified)
SBB works passenger-trains to and from » Basel Badischer Bahnhof via the Basel avoiding line, but all other passenger-trains are operated by DB, including those between Germany and Basel SBB.

operator used stock
DB AG 101, 110, 111, 112, 143, 146, 335, 36x, 403, 641 (to Basel only)

401 (ICE equipped with Integra and additional pantos to Switzerland)

611, 628, 641 (Weil - Basel - Rheinfelden)
Railion 140, 151, 152, 155, 189 (to Basel-Muttenz only)

290, 294 (Weil - Basel - Rheinfelden)

185 (to Switzerland)
SBB/CFF/FSS Re 460, Re 420 (4/4 II/III), Re 6/6 (to Weil only)
Ae 6/6 (to Kleinhüningen and Weil only)

Re 421, Re 482 (to Germany, operated by "SBB Cargo Deutschland")

no more Ae 477, which have been sold to German operators
BLS Re 4/4, Re 465 (to Weil only)

Re 485 (to Germany)
RTC 185
TXL ES 64 U2 (to Chiasso and Zürich)
rail4chem 185 (to Chiasso)
DLC class 66, ES 64 U2, 185, hired SBB Cargo 482
(all locos to Basel-Muttenz only)
ERS class 66 (to Basel-Muttenz only)
thanks to Wolfgang Hauser, Felix Germann, Georg Ringler,
Tobias Bückle, Daniel Bertschi and Bernd Winter
(last update: September 2007)

Re 10/10 at Basel Badischer Bahnhof
Tauri at Weil
SBB "Re 10/10" at Basel Bad. Bf
©2003 Daniel Wipf
TXL Tauri leaving Weil am Rhein
©2004 Daniel Wipf



 [Lörrach -] Lörrach-Stetten - Riehen [- Basel Bad. Bf] (electrified)
See headnotes regarding Basel Badischer Bahnhof. Line Lörrach-Stetten - Weil Ost - Weil doesn't touch Swiss ground. Freight trains and car-sleeper services are routed via both lines. SBB/CFF/FSS also works inner German regional trains Weil - Zell.

operator used stock
DB AG 115, 120 (car-sleeper trains to Lörrach)
Railion 290/ 294
SBB/CFF/FSS SBB 521 (Flirt equipped for operation in Germany; Zell - Basel Bad. Bf)
thanks to Wolfgang Hauser, Felix Germann, Georg Ringler,
Tobias Bückle and Bernd Winter
(last update: June 2006)

SBB 561 at Haagen
NPZ arriving at Lörrach
meeting at Steinen
Various impressions of SBB workings trains of "Regio-S-Bahn".
© Bernd Winter



 [Waldshut -] Grenzach - Basel Bad. Bf
See headnotes regarding Basel Badischer Bahnhof.

operator used stock
DB AG 611, 628, 641, 290, 294 (Weil - Basel - Rheinfelden)
thanks to Wolfgang Hauser, Felix Germann, Georg Ringler and Tobias Bückle
(last update: August 2003)



 Waldshut - Koblenz (electrified)
SBB and Thurbo work electric-trains to Waldshut. No DB services pass the border.

operator used stock
DB AG --- (inner-German trains only)
SBB/CFF/FSS 520, 540, 560 (to Waldshut only)
Thurbo GTW (to Waldshut only)
thanks to Wolfgang Hauser, Felix Germann,
Georg Ringler, Tobias Bückle and Bernd Winter
(last update: December 2007)

SBB class 540 passing the Rhine
An composition of SBB class 540 passing the Rhine
SBB class 561 on the border
Thurbo GTW reaching Koblenz
Thurbo GTW leaving Koblenz
Thurbo GTw on the border
Some pictures of SBB and Thurbo operation around Koblenz towards Waldshut.
© Bernd Winter



 [Schaffhausen -] Neuhausen - Altenburg Rheinau [- Zürich] (electrified)
 [Schaffhausen -] Lottstetten - Rafz [- Zürich] (electrified)
SBB works all trains between Schaffhausen and Zürich. Passengers joining or leaving trains at intermediate stations in Germany may be subject to checks. It is not possible to travel between German stations on this line and other parts of Germany without undergoing border-controls at Schaffhausen.

operator used stock
DB AG 185 (in cooperation with BLS)
411 (to Zürich)
SBB/CFF/FSS Re 6/6, Re 4/4 II/III, Ae 6/6
520, 540, 460
thanks to Wolfgang Hauser, Felix Germann,
Georg Ringler, Tobias Bückle and Bernd Winter
(last update: September 2007)

Insubria
Ae 6/6 next to Lotstetten
SBB locos of class Re 4/4 and Ae 6/6 passing Lotstetting with international trains
©2004 Daniel Wipf



 [Waldshut -] Erzingen - Trasadingen [- Schaffhausen]
DB works diesel corridor-trains between Singen and Basel via Schaffhausen and Waldshut. Passengers joining or leaving trains at intermediate stations in Switzerland may be subject to checks.
Services to the Swiss stations are worked by SBB Cargo instead of Railion since December 2003.

operator used stock
DB AG 611, 628, 641, 650
SBB/CFF/FFS Am 842 (based at Schaffhausen)
thanks to Wolfgang Hauser, Felix Germann, Georg Ringler and Tobias Bückle
(last update: April 2004)

DB 641 next to Wilchingen
into the sunset
Two pictures taken at Wilchingen as a unit of DB class 641 passes by.
©2004 Daniel Wipf



 [Singen -] Bietingen - Thayngen [- Schaffhausen] (electrified)
The line is equipped for operation with German and Swiss locos, change is done at Singen. SBB works to and from Singen with trains via Zürich. DB works diesel corridor trains between Singen and Basel via Schaffhausen and Waldshut, passengers joining or leaving trains at intermediate stations in Switzerland may be subject to checks. Trains between the Zürich line and Singen change from left-hand to right-hand running in Schaffhausen.

operator used stock
DB AG 146.2,
611, 628, 641, 650
411 (to Zürich), 426
Railion 151, 152 (to Singen only),
225, 294
185 (to Switzerland)
SBB/CFF/FSS Re 6/6, Re 4/4 II/III, Ae 6/6
RABe 526, (formerly RABe 540; S-Bahn Singen - Winterthur)
SBB Cargo Am 842.1 (serving freight customers also at the German part)
thanks to Wolfgang Hauser, Felix Germann, Georg Ringler, Tobias Bückle and Uwe Schnell
(last update: September 2006)

Between Schaffhausen and Thayngen
tilting Cisalpino
German "Pendolino"
Thurbo at Schaffhausen
SBB Re 6/6 ready to depart
Several impressions illustrating the operation between Thayngen and Schaffhausen.
©2004 Daniel Wipf



 Konstanz - Kreuzlingen (electrified)
This brach of Thurbo, who operates through trains between Engen and Weinfelden, Rorschach and Romanshorn via Konstanz and Kreuzlingen, joins DB. Passengers may be required to alight from the train at Konstanz and pass through a border control building on the station, while the empty train runs from one end of the platform to the other.
The line Wil - Weinfelden - Konstanz can also be operated with wide (DB) pantographs.

operator used stock
DB AG 185 (to Switzerland)

services by withdrawn class 150 to Wil discontinued
Thurbo Flirt
SBB/CFF/FSS Re 4/4 II (to Konstanz only),
ICN (to Konstanz only)
thanks to Wolfgang Hauser, Felix Germann, Georg Ringler,
Tobias Bückle and Daniel Bertschi
(last update: September 2007)

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