Swiss Trolleybuses - Montreux

(All photos taken in April 2004)

Montreux has probably the longest trolleybus route in Switzerland. Numbered 1, this is Montreux's only route and it runs along the northern edge of Lake Geneva from Vevey to Villeneuve. A daytime frequency of 10 minutes is maintained using a fleet of blue and cream articulated trolleybuses. They are all Van Hool bodied vehicles, looking very similar to those operated in Gent, Belgium, and as far as I can make out, are unique in Switzerland. At Territet, number 8 makes its way back to the depot during the early evening when the service frequency is reduced.

No. 9 at the Vevey-Funi terminus. From here the funicular railway takes you up the mountainside, at impossible and sometimes alarming gradients, where the views across the lake are stunning - there is also a pub at the top!!

This one carries an overall advert - again seen at the Funi terminus.

Nightime shot of No.16 taken at the Vevey-Funi terminus. The driver asked us why so many enthusiasts came to see Switzerland's trolleybuses and was most surprised when we told him it was because we had no systems in the UK.

Gerry Cork - April 2004
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