Waldenburg Railway - Description

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The Waldenburg railway has the narrowest gauge of all the railways in Switzerland: 750 mm. It was built in 1880 to provide the people of the Waldenburg valley with a connection to Liestal and Basel. In the first 70 years of steam service the railway bought 8 locos; except for No. 3, all were built at the SLM in Winterthur. In 1953 the line was electrified and three new railcars (BDe 4/4 I) were acquired. In 1985 these were replaced by BDe 4/4 II railcars and steering coaches. They are needed to run as shuttle trains between Liestal and Waldenburg. Still today, the Waldenburg Railway is used very often by local people, which insures the future success of this rail line.
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