detailed 2 week freight observations Lötschberg route

gordonwis
 

Horribly late I’m afraid but time has run away from me due to circumstances - hope the info is useful to someone

Spent a week on holiday in the Visp area in April, and I ended up staying an extra week due to unforeseen circumstances. Therefore got quite a ‘close up’ view of how things run on the BLS route at present
The most notable thing was that, despite the current rebuild project on the BLS ‘mountain’ route (via the old tunnel) a significant number of freight trains go ‘over the top’ - some are clearly booked to do so on a regular basis - others appear to be pathed as traffic conditions dictate on the day.

Observations on the BLS Lötschberg route as follows. These were mainly lineside in the Visp / Brig area

Notes on directions quoted: northbound / southbound = a train known to be or assumed to be following the BLS north - south axis (ie Spiez - Brig); westbound / eastbound = a train known to be or assumed to be following the Valais route (ie Sion - Brig)

7 April - Kiesen (lunch spot on drive from UK)

all trains running on up line (down track non existent north of Kiesen towards Wichtrach due to major track upgrade works)

486 503 + 486 UID northbound containers 12.29
620 080 + 11340 (all red Re10/10) swap bodies/semi trailers northbound 13.02

IC8
460 003

IC6/61
460 053, 059

8 apr - Visp - Brig area

420 326 southbound freight 1227
620013 light loco southbound 1247
486 506 containers northbound 12.48
486 505 + 475 403 swap bodies / semi trailers Northbound 13.10
485 017 485 011 ROLA Southbound 14.51
Railcare 476 452 northbound mountain route 15.09

460 004 westbound 12.31

9 April - Visp - Brig area

485 010 rola northbound 11.42
193 493 WRS widmer freight in yard parked 11.45
193 494 + 186 251 containers southbound 17.48
420 336 + 620 079 northbound Ferrymasters semi trailers / swap bodies (always goes over mountain route)

10 April - Gamsen (am)
185 131 + 185 117 southbound ‘Eanos' 09.08

10 April - Raron pm

620 076 tanktainers southbound 18.01

11 April

485 019 ROLA southbound 11.07
843 063 Gampel waste/tankers trip eastbound 11.14
843 066 tankers eastbound 11.18 ex Visp
465 013 + 465 0xx Axis containers southbound 11.44
185 117 11.48 Wascosa tankers southbound
11667 + 11345 containers southbound 16.53
843 066 eastbound mixed (very) trip 17.09
465 007 + 465 009 southbound containers 17.41
186 106 + 486 506 southbound mainly tanktainers 17.47
420 321 southbound vans 17.50
172 tankers northbound (mountain route) 17.59


12 April

Brig

420 290 eastbound vans 17.18 (same working as prev day)
620 013 southbound cereals 17.28
460 042 (rev) westbound 17.32
620 017 eastbound vans 17.34
620 079(?) 420 349 17.49 northbound Ferrymasters semi trailers / swap bodies (always goes over top)


14 April

11196 Brig EW set loco parked

15 April

Visp

486 501 486 xxx containers northbound


(425) 186 arrives at Visp with white orange stripe tankers for Lonza 08.57

IC8: 460 100
IR61: 460 004, 032, 099

420 283 (auto coupling) westbound light loco 09.16
11194 + 111XX (light loco eastbound)
485 015 southbound Rola 09.43
420 280 voith auto coupling livery light loco westbound 09.50
185 089 light loco westbound 09.54
193 461 southbound semi trailers / swap bodies / semi trailers mainly Walter) 10.46

11196 Brig EW set parked 11.46

843 066 Gampel rubbish trip eastbound 11.51
485 007 + 485 018 rola southbound 11.54
620 018 light loco arriving Brig yard southbound 12.00

475 415 475 4x2? tanktainers p1 (southbound) 12.23
186 108 193 496 bloc 12.26
420 293 short vans various plus 1 Bertschi container
620070 + 420 xxx waiting northbound 12.38

Visp

DB 193 340 + 193 304 Southbound semi trailers 13.17
420 254 short freight Southbound 19.43

IR61: 460 027, 065 065
420 286 on the late evening tanktainers rake ex Lonza (departs circa 22.20 each evening from Visp westbound)

193 475 + 474 015 northbound 20.04 semi trailers inc Walter


16 April

185 139 + 185 1xx UID + 185 089 banker on rear Tamns (covered minerals) southbound 08.48

Black ‘189’ UID plus 193 4xx UID with containers up south ramp 09.29 seen from Visp

485 018 rola southbound 09.39
465 009 + 465 018 containers northbound 09.42
420 296 2 vans westbound 09.52
185 115 southbound tankers
420 261 mixed freight eastbound 12.22

485 003 ROLA southbound 12.49



485 012 485 010 semi trailers/swap bodies southbound 13.39

620 015 + 420 261 light loco westbound 13.50
485 015 southbound rola 19.43
474 002 + 474 UID Southbound containers 19.52
420 326 mixed freight mostly vans eastbound 19.59
420 293 postal westbound 20.37
620 017 mixed freight westbound 20.43
420 273 + 421 UID tanks (military) eastbound 20.48

IC8 services (IC 2000 double deck stock some in Jumbo formation with lok both ends): 017 028 078 refit082

IR90 services (single deck EWIV / EC) push pull 002 (refit) 004 (blackened body) 032 036 042 refit 075 (Leman 2030 white) 078??


17 April

11198 spare Brig 08.19

Brig yard arr/dep


BLS 178 Eaos and vans westbound 08.29


Mulenen / Reichenbach iK area

420 337 + 620 074 containers northbound 10.00
474 002 + 474 UID swap bodies / semi trailers southbound 10.18
465 017 + 465 012 containers northbound 10.26
185 131 light loco northbound 10.43
186 105 + 475 405 swap bodies / semi trailers Northbound 10.55
180 light loco northbound 10.58
485 009 Rola Southbound 11.01
485 018 Rola Southbound 11.03
486 505 containers Northbound 12.09
485 UID Northbound Rola 12.53
485 020 + 485 001 Southbound swap bodies / semi trailers 13.09
485 013 + 486 503 (?) Northbound swap bodies / semi trailers 13.52
474 012 + 193 260 northbound swap bodies / semi trailers 14.24
475 413 Southbound containers 14.27
476 452 Northbound Railcare 15.28
465 013 + 465 015 Southbound Ambrogio 15.54
465 011 + 465 014 Southbound containers 16.02
420 335 + 620 0XX Southbound swap bodies / semi trailers 16.48

Visp

465 017 tankers eastbound 20.32
420 255 westbound postal 20.37
185 131 mixed Eastbound 20.47
420 266 on late night Bertschi dep

18 Apr

Visp
620 068 + 420 UID Westbound swap bodies / semi trailers 07.39

Gampel Steg
843 066 Gampel Steg trip (shunts) 08.45

Brig
11158 EW spare 09.27

189 + 191 white type containers Eastbound 09.48

184 ECS Autoverlad set Brig - Goppenstein 09.55
193 494 + 475 401 Northbound semi trailers BLS 175 BANKER - over the top ****

843 063 tankers Eastbound 10.18

193 469 + 193 2 XX swap bodies / semi trailers Northbound 10.36
420 337 + 620 074 Southbound swap bodies / semi trailers 10.57
11158 11.00 to Domo

475 411 + 186 108 Northbound swap bodies / semi trailers 11.13
185 138 wascosa tankers Eastbound 11.49
485 013 + 485 011 Southbound Rola 12.26
620 028 + 11249 Eastbound vans 12.30
185 111 + 185 090 tankers Northbound 13.49
476 452 Railcare Northbound 14.10

Visp
193 256 semi trailers Southbound 14.49
420 347 + 11670 containers southbound 19.50
485 002 + 485 0XX Northbound Rola 19.52
11157 BONUS Sion Geneve RIC set ECS Eastbound 20.00
420 325 mostly vans Eastbound 20.12
193 red uid + 193 black uid semi trailers Westbound 20.21
BLS 1xx 1xx Southbound 20.47
420 295 Westbound post vans 20.48


19 April Good Friday

Liestal
460 019 southbound single deck 10.10

Pratteln
On a hunch I travelled all the way from south to north (doesn’t take long these days thanks to Bahn 2000 upgraded lines to see if any freight was running through Pratteln (as I had spent 2 weeks somewhat enforced on the Lötschberg route) it was the easiest way to see some Gotthard route freight

SM = Sissach - Muttenz or vice versa (MS) (normally indicates a Lötschberg route train)
FM = Frick - Muttenz or vice versa (MF) (Gotthard route or Basel - RB - Zurich RB)

11121 10.22 load 6 MF Basel - Zurich IR via Frick
485 017 Rola northbound SM 10.36
620 055 containers FM 10.47
186 104 + UID BLS 485 same/similar SM 11.00
185 121 mixed wagonload MF 11.05
193 494 + BLS 485 UID MS containers 11.06
193 472 FM containers 11.07
620 058 FM mixed freight 11.22
486 502 MF southbound Ambrogio 11.36
485 002 MS Rola southbound 11.49
486 508 MF swap bodies 11.50
193 258 FM containers 11.52
185 090 MF steel covereds 12.05
Crossrail 186 905 + 18x UID FM Wetron 12.05
420 342 + 620 xxx FM 12.10 containers
475 402 FM mixed containers
11126 + 11122 12.41 Basel - Zurich IR via Frick
420 340 + 620 062 SM LKW Walter 13.00
193 474 FM mixed containers 13.14
185 132 FM mixed freight 13.17
475 415 + 186 105 MS containers 13.27


20 April

last look at Brig getting a few phots of the Domo EWI oldie sets departing Brig
11158 departed 09.47
11198 departed 10.49


Further notes on train formations and what operator hauls them:

The Wetron I saw at Pratteln was hauled by Crossrail 186/9 pair

LKW Walter trailers singly mixed with other names (sbbc haulage, sometimes 474)
Block LKW Walter with BLSC 186+475 haulage (but was NOT totally Walter, there were some Ewals and Codognotto mixed in)
Same but with CLdNCargo/Ferrymasters mix
train with almost half the consist block Van Dijk containers (BLSC 465 haulage)
Ferrymasters, Transmec and Others mixed (DB 193 /3 haulage)
‘all Walter’ (SBBC 474 + 193/2 haulage)
‘all Walter’ (SBBC 193/4 + 193/2 haulage)
Samskip (BLS 475 haulage)
Ambrogio (BLS 465 pair haulage)
Ambrogio (single BLS 486 but at Pratteln))
Intermodaltrasporti block (BLS 425 brownie pair haulage)
‘mostly Walter’ (SBBC Re10/10 haulage)

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