WSB: Freight traffic to end
filed on: 13.07.2012 (13th Jul 2012)
WSB has announced that freight traffic is to be terminated this December. Volumes have dwindled from some 100,000t annually to 15,000t. Presently, freight traffic operates between Suhr (exchange siding with SBB) and industries in Reinach and Menziken using transporter bogies to move the standard gauge wagons on meter gauge tracks. This year's sugar beet harvest will also be moved by rail, but for next year alternative solutions are being sought.
Although this decison was to be expected in view of dwindling volumes and general problems facing wagonfreight, it is surprising nevertheless so shortly after re-building the exchange sidings at Suhr (this was done in 2010 as part of the larger program of replacing street running between Suhr and Aarau by re-using the former SBB alignment).
Freight traffic between Oberentfelden and Schöftland was already discontinued in 2008.
This news item is from the 2012 newslog.
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