Light Rail subway, tramway, interurban in subway
For a city with no subway system, Zurich has quite a few underground metros. Well, sort of.
Part of Zurich's 109 km light rail system is in a tunnel whichwas part of an ill fated subway construction project. The underground portion opened in 1986 and consists of 3 stations. Because the line was originally intended for a full metro, meaning low headways, the trams run with their pantographs almost completely down.
A 3 km extension to tram line 4 will bring Zurich's tram system to 113 km.
Also approved is a 13.4 km Limmatalbahn light rail line which will back up an S-bahn serving the same corridor,
If you're hungry, don't forget to check out theGastro-tram.
The tram system includes the Glattalbahn, a light rail line that serves the city's northern suburbs and the airport. The 12.7 km Glattalbahn is run by the VBZ and is also known as Line 12. It takes it's name from the Glatt Valley that it serves.
Pics from Tramscape
Zurich's Forchbahn, a 17 km interurban tramline, is also partiallyin subway. Originally built in 1912, the tunnels werebuilt in 1974. Running along what some Swiss call Zurich's "Gold Coast", it has three stations in tunnel, including a recent extension to Wetzikon.
Several of Zurich'sS-Bahn stations are underground,including 2 at the Zurich HB, at Stettbach and at the Zurich Airport.
SZU's (Shlital Zurich Uetlibergbahn) interurban-like 9 km "Uetlibergbahn S10", opened in 1872. Here a car, looking very much like a metro, pulls into the subway stationat Hauptbahnhof, which was originally built for the metro. The Uetlibergbahn runs underground to Selnau, where it runs on the surface through the suburbs to Triemli, and then climbs throughthe forest to Uetliberg summit.
Unofficial Home Page
The Dolderbahn, a 1.3 km light rack railway,opened in 1895 and connectsRömerhof with Dolder.
Zurich is also home to theBremgarten - Dietkion Bahn, route S17 on the Zurich stadtbahn network. This 11 km interurban, which opened in 1902, reportedly includes street running and scenic, hairpin turns. complete with the chance to order your own Big Mac, fries and not-too-hot-please coffee. It is run by the BDWM Transport.
BDWN Official Fan Page
Also under construction and dserving honorable mention is a 4.5 km S-Bahn tunnel.
Nothing beats a Hamster photo-essay
Zurich Tram Museum
Trams in Zurich from Andrew Moglestu
MühleggBahn (Glacier subway)
A page about the Zurichblue tram
Zurich'sPolybahn - Not quite a subway, not quite a tram
The Mining Co's Zurichtram page. Informative.
Photos of Zurichtrams from Rail Info
Forchbahn historical preservation society
Line S18 (Forchbahn) unofficial home page
Forchbahn window photos
Forchbahn article in Swiss with photos
Looking out the Forchbahn window
Photo essay on the Forchbahn
This incredible model Forchbahn looks real
Bremgarten - Dietkion Bahn photos
Bremgarten - Dietkion Bahn home page
Zurich tram news