The Forchbahn, the S18 service from Stadelhofen to Esslingen is celebrating 100 years of service and there will be celebrations at Esslingen station this Saturday, 1 September followed by light refreshments. All railway enthusiasts are welcome! There will be a procession of various railway wagons in unusual combinations along the route from Forch to Esslingen – so if you’re a railway fan do visit Esslingen station to check out it all out.
The journey from Stadelhofen to Esslingen originally took 67 minutes when the service came into operation in 1912 but these days it takes just around 36 minutes. The Forchbahn trains are also affectionately referred to as “Tante Frieda” – Aunty Frieda!
On Sunday 2nd September there will be a “Fest” at Forch station incorporating a small market, musical entertainment, local foods and drinks, and a wide range of activities for all the family, including “pig racing” – yes, really! There will be free rides on Sunday too! For full details of Sunday’s programme (in German) click here. For details about the Forchbahn and it’s jubilee year click here.
Photos courtesy of the Forchbahn.ch