The historic heritage of BLS
While, in 1913, as steam locomotives hauled freight trains over the Gotthard Pass at a speed of 26 km per hour, on the Lötschberg line the strongest electric locomotives in the world pulled passenger and freight trains at 50 km per hour through the mountains. In the 1930s, BLS purchased its first six light railcars and in 1944 procured the AE 4/4 – the world’s first full-adhesion high-performance locomotive. It falls to the non-profit BLS Foundation to maintain this unique historical heritage and allow people to continue enjoying it today. The Foundation’s primary task lies in the collection, maintenance and presentation of the pioneering work in electric traction done by BLS and its predecessor companies.
It is based in the centrally situated depot of the former Emmental railway in Burgdorf.
About the Foundation
Board of Trustees
- Andreas Willich (President), Head of Passenger Transport and Member of the Executive Board of BLS Ltd
- Hans Flury (Vice-President), former Head of Finance and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of BLS Ltd
- Michael Pohle, Head of Corporate Management and Member of the Executive Board of BLS Ltd
- Barbara Studer Immenhausen, State Archivist of Canton Bern
- Markus Barth, Head of Infrastructure and Member of the Executive Board of SOB AG
- Thomas Büchler, Managing Director of the BLS Foundation
- Michael Egli, Product Manager Historical Journeys
- Peter Rytz, Head of Maintenance and Train Driving
The volunteers with the BLS Foundation apply their professional skills to ensuring that the vehicles are ready for operation and the collections are accessible. Their commitment is an essential component of the Foundation’s work.
In order to maintain the historical heritage of BLS and allow people to continue to enjoy it, we rely on financial support.
BLS Stiftung, 3001 Berne
Bank: Credit Suisse AG, account no.: 1429494-11, clearing: 4835, IBAN: CH02 0483 5142 9494 1100 0