From Bauma to Hinwil the hissing and puffing steam train winds through an amazing countryside. Sitting on the wooden bench and with the smell of coal in your nose, you travel through time in the Zurich Oberland.
A journey through time
In 1901, the Uerikon-Bauma train officially ran on the new tracks for the first time. The founder of this railway was the pioneer Adolf Guyer-Zeller, who also operated the cotton spinning mill in Neuthal
and built the Jungfrau Railway. However, the Uerikon-Bauma train was not profitable in the long term and the general assembly decided to liquidate the company in 1948. Today, the historic steam trains remind us of the time when trains hissed and puffed through the countryside several times a day.
Former train conductors have fond memories of that time. The atmosphere was familiar and they had a lot of time for a chat because stations were far apart. However, there were also exciting moments. Erwin Bergmann, a former train conductor remembers: «A horse, startled by the train, ran across the tracks and was caught by the locomotive. Because there were no mobile phones yet, the train conductor had to hurry to the next farm to organize a tractor for the rescue».
On a wooden bench
Two steam trains run every hour between Bauma and Hinwil on every first and third Sunday from May to September
. During six weeks from September 11 to October 24, the historic trains run daily between Bauma and Hinwil
. On all Sundays with public steam train operation as well as Thursday to Sunday as of September 11, historic busses leave from Bauma to Hulftegg and Ghöch. The trains operate with steam from Friday to Sunday, during the week they operate with electricity.
Reserve a table in the buffet car for an aperitif or a snack.
Exclusive train ride
Discover the area with your group. Trains of the Steam Train Association Zurich Oberland (DVZO) are allowed to run on all tracks of the Zurich Oberland. 10 to 400 people
steam locomotive from CHF 2,800.-
historical electric locomotive from CHF 1,700.-buffet car for an aperitif and/or a complete menu by arrangement
Photos by Alex Kajanti | Mirko Reichlin