Villard-de-Lans – the town council approved the rack train project!

Villard-de-Lans, Isère, France.

On January 12th, 2006, the town council of Villard-de-Lans approved the project of the new rack train from Villard-de-Lans to the new ski resort, which will be built, end 2008, above Le Balcon de Villard.

The rolling stock of the two cog wheel lines : Lausanne-Ouchy (LO) and Lausanne-Gare (LG) will be give up to the french town after January 22, 2006 which will be the last day of "La Ficelle" !

The rolling stock will be stored by Tensol Rail SA, a Swiss company which will be also in charged for the transfer to Villard-de-Lans when it will be necessary.


Villard-de-Lans will be in charge to remove asbestos from the cars.

It is funny to know that the city of Turin thought to get back La Ficelle to replace the rolling stock of the Superga rack train ! Unfortunately for Turin, the gauges of the two trains are not the same !

It is interesting to know that an anonymous letter, sent by a person who owns high European administrative functions at Brussels, accuses the Villard-de-Lans municipality to have managed this project without any serious financial studies.

I personally received this letter; I know also that "24 heures", the Swiss newspaper from Lausanne, received the same letter!


“La ficelle” Lausanne-Ouchy at Villard-de-Lans, in France ???!!!

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 16, 2005..The Lausanne-Ouchy rolling stock could be give up to the Villard-de-Lans Council !

Today, a delegation of the Villard-de-Lans Council met the Transport Lausannois managers to study the transfer of the rolling stock to France.

Villard-de-Lans is located on the top of the Vercors mountain, in France near Grenoble.

The Villard-de-Lans Council has a project to build a new cog wheel train to serve Villard 1300, a new sky ressort, which will be built, end 2008, above Le Balcon de Villard.

“La ficelle” Lausanne-Ouchy – Used trains for free !

Lausanne, Switzerland, September 13, 2005.

Due to the construction of the new city metro m2, the presently used trains Lausanne-Ouchy (LO) and Lausanne-Gare (LG) will stop service on January 22, 2006.

The “Transports publics de la région Lausannoise” let for free all the rolling stock of the two cog wheel lines : Lausanne-Ouchy (LO) and Lausanne-Gare (LG) which were first funicular railways between 1877 and 1958.

Any firms, associations or museums who may be interested in acquiring one or another of these vehicles can contact Mr. Alain Sauterel.

The list of the rolling stock :

From LG : 2 cog wheel electric railcars, Strub system.

From LO : 3 cog wheel electric railcars, Strub system, 5 passager cars.

Details on the official site

The Museum of Transport at Lucerne refused to receive any of these rolling stock !

Lausanne – Gare (LG)

Lausanne – Ouchy (LO)