Switzerland - Tram services over obscure routes

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Some tram systems advertise their depot workings and enable one to ascertain the regular use by passenger-carrying services of junctions or sections of line that do not otherwise see public service. This occasional series lists such services that have come to notice. While the data for each system is current at the date stated, it is not the intention to endeavour to keep every entry up to date at every service change - the listing serves as a guide for travellers as to the sort of services they can look out for, enabling them to check current published timetable material at their time of travel.

To assist in tracing services, the route and/or timetable number for each journey is shown in parentheses, e.g. (1). Days of operation are in English notation (respectively: Su, M, T, W, Th, F, S) - plus "O" for only, "X" for excepted. Su (Sundays) usually includes public holidays in mainland Europe - but check locally.

Listings for other systems throughout the world - in the same format as shown below (please include date of timetable validity) - will always be welcomed.


An article in October 2015 Today's Railways had an undated map showing routes with service patterns indicating the following curves are in use only during peak hours.

  • E11 Heiliggeistkirche - Munchensteinerstrasse
  • 21 Riehenring - Messeplatz - Gewerbeschule

Basel, Bahnhof SBB

  • At weekends Route 1 terminates here and trams turn 180º between the arrival and departure stops, in theory out of service but this does not appear to be enforced.


  • Monday to Friday from 25 February 2019 the connection between lines 11/14 to lines 4/13 avoiding the Haptbahnhof is used by

15:29 route 8 from Salersteig to Hardturm or 18:41 route 8 from Hardturm to Sternen Oerlikon on the section between Stampfenbachplatz and Sihlqua or vv. It is normally only used for football specials or engineering diversions, both irregular.

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