How do request stop stations work in Switzerland?

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arijit
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Sep 27, 2017 - 12:35 PM

Hello

May I know how to get down at or get into from a station like Aareschlucht ost/west which is marked as "stop on request" in the SBB time table?

arijit

Lucas
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Sep 27, 2017 - 12:44 PM in reply to arijit

Hi arijit,

There will be a call/stop button on the train (often near the doors but sometimes near your seat as well) to signal the driver you want to stop at the next station. There will also be a machine with a call button at the station itself if you need to signal the upcoming train to stop.

Lucas

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Fritzrab
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Sep 27, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Very cool. I never knew that could be done. You SBB people sure know how to run a train line (and a web site)!

Lucas
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Sep 27, 2017 - 4:37 PM in reply to Fritzrab

Hi Fritzrab,

Thanks for the kind comments on the website. Do note though that we aren't part of SBB here. :)

arijit
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Sep 27, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Thank you Lucas. It is really helpful.

Arijit

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Sep 28, 2017 - 8:34 AM in reply to arijit

Hi arijit,

Here are links to two photos of the "station" at Aareschlucht Ost. The station is actually inside a tunnel, and you have to wait outside until the train arrives!

The first photo is what you will see when there is no train at the station. You wait in front of the door, and press the "Halt auf Verlangen" ("Stop on request") button on the left-hand wall. There is one button for trains heading in the direction of Meiringen, and another for trains heading towards Innertkirchen.

www.bahnbilder.de/1200 /mib-station-aareschlucht-ost-halt-auf-1028041.jpg

When the train arrives, the tunnel door will open, and you can board the train! The second photo shows a train stopped at the station, with the tunnel and train doors open so people can alight or board.

farm6.static.flickr.co m/5546/30241869514_7f9 fb3e230_b.jpg

One thing to be aware of is that the track from the east entrance/exit of the Aareschlucht/Aare Gorge down to the Aareschlucht Ost station is narrow, steep and rough underfoot. If you have solid footwear and your ankles and knees are in good condition, it won't be a problem, but with unsuitable shoes or knee/ankle problems, you might prefer to avoid it and return through the gorge to exit at the west entrance.

I have also attached a photo of a "Halt auf Verlangen" button on a train. They vary a bit from train to train, and are sometimes on a wall, but this will give you an idea of what to look for. (This one was on a train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg.)

Alpenrose

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arijit
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Sep 28, 2017 - 9:36 AM

Thank you Alpenrose .These pictures are really helpful to understand the topic more clearly.

Arijit

Lucas
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Sep 28, 2017 - 9:43 AM in reply to Removed user

A train stop inside a mountain!

Only the Swiss think of these things. :)

arijit
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Sep 28, 2017 - 9:53 AM in reply to Lucas

Absolutely right Lucas. Rail journey in Switzerland is undoubtedly one of the major attractions to us besides it's natural beauty. And you people are really awesome to make it more homely to us. I am really exited about our switzerland trip in the coming week. Thank you.

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