Category: Narrow Gauge

  • Pilatus posters #2

    Hyde Park Now-Pilatus posters #2

    From its beginnings in 1889, the Pilatus railway was a huge success. The initial goal of 15,000 passenger trips per year was broken in its first year when 37,000 passengers were transported. The 48% steepness of the Pilatus railway was a big draw but because of the steepness of the climb and the fact the […]

  • Montreux Oberland Bernois 120th (2)

    Hyde Park Now-Montreux Oberland Bernois 120th (2)

    The second part of the Montreux Oberland Bernois special. The first part looked at the line and its history, with coverage of the route from Montreux to Les Sciernes. In this instalment we take a look at the line from Montbovon to Zweisimmen. There’s four further posts coming soon, these cover rebuilds and upgrades along […]

  • Upgrading the Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF) #3

    Hyde Park Now-Upgrading the Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF) #3

    With the conversion of the line from Bulle to Broc-Fabrique (and its continuation as a private rail network right into the Nestle chocolate factory itself) the delightful La Gruyère system (the GFM, aka the Gruyère-Fribourg-Morat or as it was officially known, the Compagnie des Chemins de fer Fribourgeois) is no more. The 42 km of […]

  • Montreux Oberland Bernois 120th

    Hyde Park Now-Montreux Oberland Bernois 120th

    Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chemin de fer Montreux Oberland Bernois (MOB.) The line opened in December 1901 between Montreux and Les Avants, a climb of about 1866 feet or 575 metres and a mere 3km (just under two miles) distant as the crow flies. The original plans were in fact for a line […]

  • Upgrading the Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF) #2

    Hyde Park Now-Upgrading the Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF) #2

    This second part covers the new Bulle station and the famous Bulle to Broc line in part. This line is famous because it connected directly to the celebrated Nestle chocolate factory in Broc. Also famous for considerable standard gauge freight traffic carried via the narrow gauge as well as the celebrated ‘Chocolate Express.’ Not now […]

  • Upgrading the Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF)

    Hyde Park Now-Upgrading the Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF)

    In the canton of Fribourg, the TPF (previously known as the GFM) has a long metre gauge route (as well as two standard gauge lines) that make up the authority’s diverse transportation offerings, which include trolleybuses. Enhancements have been made to almost all of the company’s lines, including the standard gauge, and some of these […]

  • Pilatus posters

    Hyde Park Now-Pilatus posters

    No not the highly praised small aircraft but the mountain instead! The vast range of Swiss transport posters is immensely fascinating. They’re no doubt meant to entice visitors to the Alps but they too are a class in their own right in terms of transport history, for they tell us much about the many different […]

  • The Southwold Railway #3

    Hyde Park Now-The Southwold Railway #3

    Forty years of dereliction and decay: After closure the line remained derelict for the next twenty years or so. There were moves to reopen it, none of which came to fruition. Most of the route’s track remained until the early forties. The army blew up part of the Blyth bridge thus the line was severed […]

  • The Alfred County Railway

    Hyde Park Now-The Alfred County Railway

    The Alfred County Railway was a two foot gauge line from Port Shepstone to Harding in KwaZulu Natal. Running for slightly less than a hundred years, it closed for good about five years or so ago after several attempts to revive its fortunes by way of tourism as well as a better freight service. In […]

  • The West Clare’s modernisation era

    Hyde Park Now-The West Clare's modernisation era

    Ireland’s narrow gauge lines were pioneers in the use of modern traction despite a general notion they were anachronisms. These small gauge lines no doubt meant the threat of road competition was far bigger than for the broad gauge lines. A number of the narrow gauge systems experimented with petrol and diesel railcars from a […]