Private group tour or hire

Locomotive depot and historical collection of the BLS Foundation

Historic locomotives and railway objects to touch and marvel at

In the BLS Foundation's depot, you can take a guided tour of historic locomotives and admire the collection of historical artefacts from BLS history.

Original locomotives, from the Ce 4/6 and the Ae 6/8 to the "Blue Arrow" or the Ae 8/8 "Muni", bear witness to the glorious past of BLS and its predecessor railway companies. You may also be interested in the collection of many railway objects and the large collection of posters, brochures and uniforms – or you can enjoy a film screening. You might even find a bargain in the small shop of curiosities.

Private group tours are possible at any time by prior arrangement.


Experience the pioneering achievements of BLS past and present on an exciting guided tour of the BLS Foundation locomotive depot. In 1913, as steam locomotives were hauling goods trains at 26 km/h on the Gotthard, the world's most powerful electric locomotives were pulling both passenger and goods trains at 50 km/h on the Lötschberg over the mountain route. In the 1930s BLS purchased light railcars, and in 1944 it acquired the world's first high-performance locomotive without a carrying axle, the Ae 4/4. Here you will encounter legends of transportation such as the "Blue Arrow" or the "Budgerigar", contemporary witnesses of Swiss travel history in the industrial design of the time. 

Meeting point Burgdorf locomotive depot, Kirchbergstr. 43c, 3400 Burgdorf
Duration 2 hours
Group size Min. 6 people 
Equipment Good footwear

We will be happy to organise an aperitif for you on request (not included in the price).


  • CHF 18.00 Adults aged 16 and over
  • free Children from 12-15 years

Prices in CHF / Prices and products are subject to change / Travel to the location is not included in the price.  


Every 10th participant free of charge


Private group tours are possible at any time by prior arrangement for 6 people or more. 

Children must be at least 12 years old and may only take part in the tour if accompanied by an adult. Children aged 12 to 15 can join the tour for free, but they still need to be listed on the registration form.

Send us your booking enquiry as early as possible and feel free to specify your individual requirements. We look forward to hearing from you.

Rent out the locomotive depot

The historic depot in Burgdorf can be rented out for events. 

If you are interested, please contact us. We will be happy to make you an offer tailored to your needs.

Getting there

Travel by train to Burgdorf. The BLS Foundation's locomotive depot is located behind the train station at Kirchbergstrasse 43c and can be reached on foot in five minutes.


Groups of 10 or more people travel 30% cheaper

The group ticket is the ideal ticket for groups of 10 or more people. The BLS Travel Centres will be happy to organise all transport requirements for you. Fill in the practical online form at least two working days before starting your journey and simply leave the rest to us.

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