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.


Timetables with the entries below from various dates from December 2018. A route map dated 10.12.2023 can be accessed here.

Heiliggeistkirche - Munchensteinerstrasse

  • As at December 2019 Route 16 is long term diverted to terminate at MParc loop via this curve normally only traversed by SSuX Rush hours route E11

Messeplatz East to north

  • Route 21 running SSuX Rush hours only so departures from Riehenring to Badischer Bahnhof at 06:32, 07:06/33, 08:02/32, 15:26/42/57, 16:12 and every 15 minutes until 18:27
  • Route 21 running SSuX Rush hours only so departures from Messeplatz north to Bahnhof St.Johann at 06:19/49, 07:23/50, 08:20/50, 15:44 and every 15 minutes until 18:44

Dreirosenbrucke west to north

  • Route 21 departures from Novartis Campus to Wiesenplatz Depot at 09:03 SSuX
  • Route 1 departures from Novartis Campus to Wiesenplatz Depot at 00:31/52, 01:31 MTWThO, 01:31/46 FO 01:16 SSuO 01:46 SuO

Dreirosenbrucke east to north

  • Route 21 departures from Brombacherstraße to Wiesenplatz Depot at 18:33/48 SSuX
  • Route 14 departures from Brombacherstraße to Wiesenplatz Depot at 00:39 MTWThO 01:24/39 FO 04:39 TWThSO 01:39 SO 00:24/39 SuO

Bahnhof St.Johann street loop

  • Only traversed by all route 21's so the complete loop by departures from Voltaplatz at 06:26/56, 07:30/57, 08:27/57, 15:22/39/52 and every 15 minutes until 17:52 then 18:06/22 SSuX.
  • Note Route 21 is at December 2019 the only route to terminate at Badischer Bahnhof so does the loop there, notionally part of which is out of service.

Basel Bahnhof SBB

  • As at December 2019 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.


timetable website

Hauptbahnhof avoiding curve

The once a day Monday to Friday in each direction Line 13 trams were removed from the timetable in December 2023 and the curve is now only used for football specials or engineering diversions, both irregular.

Route 21 Museum tram

As at April 2024 outbound to the Museum was using two unusual sections. This was picking up and setting down at the same Hbf stop nearest Platform 1, and taking the lengthy terminating loop that goes alongside the platform, plus running through and calling at the stop on the loop at Bellevue en route to the Burgwies Museum. See their (www.tram-museum.ch website) for operating dates.

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