Switzerland Railway Pictorial – SBB and RhB

Train departure board Zurich Hbf 13.09.2007
Train information at Zürich Hauptbahnhof in 2007, including the 13:12 InterReggio to Chur.

Welcome to “Switzerland Railway Pictorial – SBB and RhB”, an image-rich feature of some of my photos of two of Switzerland’s fascinating railway systems.

The SBB is the Swiss Federal Railways, the national railway company of Switzerland, whereas the RhB (Rhätische Bahn) is the independent metre gauge railway of the Graubünden (or Grisons), the largest and easternmost canton of Switzerland.

They say “a picture speaks a thousand words” – so I hope that the following photographs and commentary provide an insight into the railways of Switzerland – in Zürich, Grindelwald and the Graubünden area.  So, let’s start the journey and take the 13:12 IR (InterRegio) train from Zürich Hbf to Chur via Sargans – the departure board tells us it departs from platform (gleis) 6.

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British Railway Freight Sectorisation and Branding

Transrail coal train near Cwmbargoed
Transrail Class 37s lead a coal train at Cwmbargoed, off Rhymney Line, June 1997
Photo by Phil Sangwell, via Wikimedia Commons

This article covers the evolution of British railway freight sectorisation: from regional operation to sectorisation and privatisation. Freight sectorisation refers to the sub-brands that British Rail (BR) created in the 1980s and early 90s, when it was reorganised from a regional structure to an operational sector based structure and finally into business sectors. The strategies were used for both marketing purposes and in BR’s subsequent profit centre based privatisation plans.

Sectorisation can be considered across three periods: up to 1987, 1987 to 1994, and 1994 to BR privatisation.

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