Funimag Special Issue – Boat Lifts of Switzerland

Funimag numéro spécial – janvier 2007

Boat lifts of Switzerland / Ascenseurs à bateaux de Suisse

Boat lifts in Switzerland???!!!
YES! Here is the complete database of the Boat Lifts of Switzerland!

Des ascenseurs à bateaux en Suisse ???!!!
OUI! Voici ici la base de données complète des ascenseurs à bâteaux de Suisse

9 thoughts on “Funimag Special Issue – Boat Lifts of Switzerland”

  1. Andreas G> Je n’en attendais pas moins de toi! Merci… je suis même sûr qu’il y en d’autres encore… N’y en a-t-il pas sur la Reuss du côté de Bremgarten? je sais qu’il y a des centrales électriques par l bas… tu connais le coin?

  2. Désolé, j’y vais rarement.
    Mais connais-tu le plus beau «boat lift» de tous les temps…
    http://mikes.railhistory.railfan.net/r013.html
    (il y a une très belle illustration au milieu de la page)
    C’est l’étonnant Portage Railroad en Pennsylvania, USA! C’était une ligne d’une longeur de bel et bien 50 kilometres, il y avait dix plans inclinés et on y faisait monter et descendre des bateaux spéciaux en plusieurs morceaux («section boats») sur des wagons plats sur les versants des Allegheny Mountains… entre deux canaux qui reliaient Philadelphia et Pittsburgh! Après la construction de la Pennsylvania Railroad, le Portage Railroad a été abandonné. C’était trop lent et coutait trop cher de transporter des bateaux au-dessus les montagnes!

  3. I’ve been reading Funimag since issue 5, and it is magnificent how you still find new and unknown funiculars to cover. Now you have found a whole new category of funiculars I never knew existed.

    Perhaps outside the scope of Funimag, but I’m intrigued why these boat lifts exist. They look as if they are designed for fairly small boats. Boats of this size havn’t normally been used commercially since the first railways were built. The power stations look more modern than that.

    So I guess they were built for local leisure use. Are the Rivers Aare, Limmat and Rhein (above Basle) navigable throughout with the use of these lifts?.

  4. Chris Wood> Hello Chris… thank you for your comments about Funimag… its nice to see that you are still reading my magazine for a long time! 🙂
    Concerning your question about the navigation on these Swiss rivers, tonight i will try to answer more precisely. But right now I can say, yes there is a traditional small navigation on these rivers.
    I consider these boat lifts as real funiculars so they are not outside the scope of Funimag.

  5. Chris Wood> I looked at my mails and I did not find any mails from you… did you ever send me mails?
    You can find which kinds of boats are using the Swiss boat lifts…
    All these boats have flat hull.
    The three boat lifts of Rheinau:
    http://www.funimag.com/suisse/boatlift/Rheinau1-04.jpg
    There are also many nautical associations like this one on the Limmat river:
    http://www.limmat-club.ch
    or these ones:
    http://www.wasserfahren.ch/links/
    There are also the ‘pontonniers’ associations:
    http://www.pontonier.ch
    Firefighters can also use the river and the boat lifts:
    http://www.funimag.com/suisse/boatlift/Dietikon01.htm
    Canoe and kayak
    http://www.funimag.com/suisse/boatlift/Muehleberg01.htm

  6. In Switzerland, you can take a boat ride on most of the more scenic lakes, rivers and canals. However, the boat lifts have been built for leisure boats only. Hence their small size.

    The larger swiss rivers are basically navigable on their entire length. However, there are some difficult spots, e.g. the Rhine falls. Now and then, some fools try to ride there nonetheless! And in the centre of Zurich riding a boat is prohibited.

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