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Gruyère-Fribourg-Morat - Description

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The GFMs metre-gauge line is 48.2 km long. In addition, the company still operates the two standard-gauge railway lines, Bulle-Romont and Fribourg- Murten- Ins. The main line of the narrow-gauge network runs from Palézieux (SBB-line Bern-Lausanne) via Châtel-St. Denis and Bulle to Montbovon and has a total length of 44.2 km. The short Bulle-Broc branch-line serves the nearby Nestlé chocolate factory.

The Palézieux- Montbovon line came into being between 1901 and 1904 and the Bulle-Broc line began operations in 1912. At the outset, they were both run by the "Chemins de fer électriques de la Gruyère (CEG)", which later consolidated with the above-mentioned standard-gauge railways to form the GFM in 1942. Bulle is the centre of operations with depot workshops and connection to the standard-gauge railway to Romont. The transfer to the MOB takes place in Montbovon; until 1969, Châtel-St. Denis, also had a connection to the CEV to Vevey. Today, passenger traffic is carried out by motor train sets, and goods traffic is most often carried out with standard-gauge wagons transported on carrier trucks.


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