Saturday, June 15, 2019


Today I was walking around in Zurich and since I ended up being near Bahnhof Wiedikon, took a look inside the tram depot Kalkbreite next to the station. The depot hall was almost empty except for one drivers training tram that was about to leave.
Nothing interesting at Bahnhof Wiedikon either, but when I turn around I notice this odd situation:

The tram on the right, leaving the depot ... has passengers on board!

The tram leaving the staging depot on the left ... also has passengers on board. Something is going on here. Indeed, there is track work between Bahnhof Wiedikon and Stauffacher.

In fact, there is quite a bit of track work going on this weekend around Birmensdorfer Strasse.

The map below shows how the trams are diverted via the depot and Badener Strasse.

So, ... how often do you get to see a tram depot from the inside? Exactly!  I got a ticket and hopped on the next tram at Bahnhof Wiedikon. The tram takes the siding in the staging area next to the station.

Crossing Zweierstrasse and entering the depot.

Most people in the tram don't notice or pay attention to where their route takes them today.

The tram traverses through the depot hall past the maintenance and service facilities.

At Kalkbreitestrasse is a guard stopping cars and pedestrians as we exit the depot. By now pretty much everyone has noticed that something unusual is going on.

For the return trip, we make a left turn off Badenerstrasse into the depot hall north of Kalkbreitestrasse.

This depot hall is completely empty.

Approaching Kalkbreitestrasse ...

Cross over Kalkbreitestrasse and enter Elisabethenstrasse.

The single track at Elisabethenstrasse navigates some very tight turns around the depot before it crosses Zweierstrasse.

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