Ferrovia Lugano-Ponte Tresa - Description

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Today the FLP was preserved as only one from formerly three narrow-gauge railways, which had their starting point in Lugano. The two others were the lines Lugano - Cadro - Dino (LCD, 1991-1970) and Lugano -Tesserete (LT, 1909-1967).

The starting point of the FLP is situated diagonally opposite the SBB station. There is nothing to see from the line except the reception building. The tracks are located in the underground one floor below. Shortly behind the station the line runs through two tunnels under districts of the city of Lugano to a side valley where it comes back to the daylight again. The line passes Agnuzzo, Bioggio and Agno in a large loop. After Magliaso the line approaches another part of the Lago di Lugano with Ponte Tresa at its end.


The railway today operates with an attractive shuttle traffic with modern and well maintained rolling stock, built in 1978. These vehicles originated from a common procurement with the FART and the SZB/VBW (today RBS). Two shortened railcars, bought originally by the FART, were taken over by the FLP.

In the other side the SSIF (the Italian sister company of the FART) transferred the Be 4/6 10-12 (1963) after some changes to the Be 6/6 33-35 in 1979.

Up to June 1996 there was a pair of mail trains, which operated from Monday to Friday with the post office railcar Ze 4/4 No. 4 (the only one in Switzerland!) and the Z 8 from 1962. The Ze 4/4 4, the former Be 4/4 4, was converted for its special duty in 1984. This service was unfortunately shifted to the road. In autumn 1996 both vehicles still could be found in a siding nearby Bioggio.

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