From Bauma to Hinwil, the hissing and puffing steam train winds through amazing countryside. Sitting on the wooden bench and with the smell of coal in your nose, you travel through time in the Zurich Oberland.
A journey through time
In 1901, the Uerikon-Bauma train officially ran on the new tracks for the first time. The founder of this railway was the railway pioneer Adolf Guyer-Zeller, who also operated the cotton spinning mill in Neuthal
and built the Jungfrau Railway. However, the Uerikon-Bauma train was not profitable in the long term and the general assembly decided to liquidate the company in 1948. Today, the historic steam trains remind us of the time when trains hissed and puffed through the countryside several times a day.
Former train conductors have fond memories of that time. The atmosphere was informal and they had a lot of time to chat because the stations were far apart. But there were also exciting moments. Erwin Bergmann, a former train conductor remembers: “A horse, startled by the train, ran across the tracks and was caught by the locomotive. As there were no mobile phones yet, the train conductor had to hurry to the next farm to organize a tractor for the rescue.“
Nostalgia rides in the Zurich Oberland
From May to July, steam trains run every first and third Sunday between Bauma and Hinwil. In August, historical trains with electric motors run on the first and the third Sundays. During September and October, steam trains run every Sunday.
A vintage post bus connects Bauma station with Hulftegg every Sunday when DVZO trains are scheduled. Special roundtrips with the vintage post bus are offered as well.
From May to July, a buffet wagon is part of the train. From August to October, a buffet wagon is only part of one of the train compositions that are out and about. Check the timetable to get updated information: the timetable
Exclusive train ride
Discover the area with your group. Trains of the Steam Train Association Zurich Oberland (DVZO) are allowed to operate on all tracks of the Zurich Oberland.10 to 300 people
steam locomotive from CHF 3,800
historical electric locomotive from CHF 1,700buffet car for an aperitif and/or a complete menu by arrangement
Photos by Alex Kajanti | Mirko Reichlin