Text and Photos Michel Azéma

Funiculars of Switzerland

LO - Lausanne Ouchy

(photo Michel Azéma October 2002)
In 1877 was built the first Swiss funicular, called "La Ficelle", to link Ouchy to the center of Lausanne.

In 1958 the funicular was transformed into cog wheel train (Strub system) with the intermediate stations: Jordils and Montriond.

This is a single track line (double track at Montriond station to allow crossing of trains) with two 2-car-trains using a kind of electric locomotive. Trains provide a fast and frequent (6-10 minutes) service between Flon and Ouchy via the Swiss Federal Railways Station (Gare CFF). The line is now referred to as Métro-Ouchy or M2.

The M2-Project is planned to replace the cog wheel trains with a fast on-tire subway (like the Ligne 1 in Paris). The M2-Project will link Ouchy to Epalinges with 14 stations and 15 trains.

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This is the Gare station (Green point on the map)
On the left is the entrance of the bottom station for the funicular Gare-Flon ("FUNICULAIRE pour la VILLE") with its track and the carriage under the tunnel.

On the right side of the postcard is the Gare station of the funicular Lausanne-Ouchy
("SALLE D'ATTENTE Lausanne Ouchy")
the entrance of the station is on the extreme right of the postcard.

Today this station still exists but it is now underground with a Mac Donald instead of the Hotel restaurant !
Lausanne - Ouchy  Click to enlarge 160 Kb

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Technical Datas

Type of funicular
Type of tracks
Type of energy
Bottom station
Ouchy (432 m)
Top station
Flon (567 m)
1482 m
Difference of levels
106 m
Maximum Gradient
11,6 %
1,435 m
4 m/s
Transports publics de la région lausannoise
Société du Métro Lausanne-Ouchy sa
Chemin du Closel 13-15
Case postale
CH-1020 Renens 1
Tél. : 41 21 621 01 11
Fax : 41 21 625 01 22


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