Railways through Europe maps and interoperabilty
    interoperability         border lines         border stations     railway maps     miscellaneous    
printer friendly

Basel region (Germany/ Switzerland/ France)

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.
related articles
border lines Switzerland - Germany
border lines Switzerland - France

map of Swiss network
map of German network
map of French network

related links

BLS and SBB locos at Basel Badischer Bahnhof
locos of BLS and SBB at
Basel Bad. Bf
©2002 Tobias Bückle
"Rollende Landstrasse"
BLS 465 circumscribes Weil
heading southbound
©2002 Tobias Bückle
Crossing the Rhine
BLS 185 crossing the Rhine
©2002 Stéphane Kolly

In most cases DB (Railion) locos are attached to northbound freight trains in SBB RB (Muttenz), while southbound freight trains change locos in Basel Bad Rbf or Weil. Several southbound Rola services (e.g. TEC 42625 Freiburg - Novara) leave Basel Bad Rbf northbound due to easier boarding of cars. After bypassing Weil they turn towards Switzerland. With the increasing number of dual-system locos (like Railion class 185, SBB class 421 and 482, BLS class 485) also the amount of trains running through has grown during the last years.
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. The bridge passing river Rhine will be extended by two tracks until 2007.
Bay platforms at the west end of Basel (named Basel SNCF) are used by SNCF trains terminating or starting at Basel. These bays are electrified at 25kV; the west end of the adjacent through platform is switchable, with a light display indicating "15" or "25" as appropriate. Dual-frequency multiple-units work local trains running through between Mulhouse and Pratteln. Long distance through trains between France and Switzerland are shunted between the two parts of the station by SBB dual-frequency shunting locomotives. Freight trains between France and goods yards in Basel are hauled by SNCF dual-frequency locomotives.

BLS 465 entering Muttenz
SBB 482 010 entering Muttenz
DB 155 055 arrives at Muttenz
SNCF 20202 entering Muttenz
several trains entering Muttenz freight yard
©2004 Marc Striffeler

map of Basel region
Thanks to Bernd Winter

top of page page last updated: 22. September 2007 ©1998-2016 Thorsten Büker top of page
 French version
 German version

 download archive
 frequently asked

 Öresund area
 Stockholm area


 Baltic states



 Czech Republic



 Sofia area
 Gorna Orjahovica


 Ukraine & Moldova



 Serbia/ Montenegro
 Beograd area

 Albania/ Macedonia

 Croatia, Slovenia
  and Bosnia-Herc.

 Zagreb area

 Milano area
 Roma area
 Napoli area

 Iberian peninsula
 Barcelona area
 Madrid area
 Porto area
 Lisbon area

 Lille area
 Lyon area
 Paris area

 Aachen area

 Hamburg area
 Berlin area
 Rhein-Ruhr area
 Main-Neckar area

 Vienna area


 British Isles
 London area
 Mersey-S. Pennines


 Mozambique, Malawi

 Er., Dji., Eth., Kenya



 Saudi-Ar. & Jordan

 Georgia, Abkhazia







 Sri Lanka



 Malaysia & Singap.

 Vietn., Laos, Camb.

 China & Taiwan


 links of the month
 what's new


Bookmark bei: Icio Bookmark bei: Yigg Bookmark bei: Linkarena Bookmark bei: Del.icio.us Bookmark bei: Yahoo
Bookmark bei: Technorati Bookmark bei: Google Bookmark bei: Spurl