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In a tunnel deep under Zürich

filed on: 29.12.2007 (29th Dec 2007)

EWZ railwayAs the Christmas days rarely offer much in the way of newsworthiness for the tram enthusiast, I am dipping into my archives and presenting a short series of pictures of what is probably Zürich's most rarely seen and most little photographed railway. This is because the railway is entirely underground and normally inaccesible to the public. This narrow gauge light railway is for the maintenance of the district heating tubes running through a narrow tunnel from the power plant at Hagenholz to the central ETH/university/hospital complex. A branch also serves the Irchel university site. The railway us owned and operated by the city's energy provider, EWZ. It has two battery-powered locomotives.

These photographs were not taken in the tunnel proper, which is not normally accesible to visitors, but in the basement of the power plant and the initial cut-and-cover section extending from it. The photos were taken on a visit two years ago.

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas time and wish you all the best for the New Year!

This news item is from the 2007 newslog.

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