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PS Neuchâtel

Lake Neuchâtel
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Afloat again after her major re-build
Date entered service -- 1912
Builder -- Escher-Wyss 1912, No 578
Displacement 157.5 tons
Speed -- 23.54 km/h
Date withdrawn from service -- 1969
Date re-launched -- Wednesday 14th August 2013
Date returned to service -- Friday 11th April 2014
Length -- 48.50m
Breadth -- 6.00m (11.00m over paddle boxes)
Passenger capacity -- 380
now completely re-build including installation of the Maffei steam engine from PS Ludwig Fessler
normally operates.........
timetabled sailings from Neuchâtel on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the main season
 
23rd June 2017 Planned to operate three days of special sailings for the Yverdon-les-Bains "Fêtes Eau-Lac" on Friday 23rd June  Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June
4th June 2017 Planned to operate the first of four monthly timetabled sailings 201-82-83-92-204 from Neuchâtel to Yverdon-les-Bains on Sunday 4th June
23rd May 2017 First timetabled sailings of the season
Planned to operate sailings 202-63-64-205-206 from Neuchâtel on Tuersday 23rd May
20th May 2017 First sailing of the season
Planned to operate a special pre-season sailing to Morat for the Trivapor AGM on Saturday 20th May
 
25th September 2016 Last timetabled sailings of the season
Operated sailings 61-52-53-54-66 from Neuchâtel on Sunday 25th September
1st August 2016 Operated a special Swiss National Day fireworks cruise at 2000 from Neuchâtel on Monday 1st August
24th June 2016 Again operated three days of special sailings for the Yverdon-les-Bains "Fêtes Eau-Lac" on Friday 24th June  Saturday 25th June and Sunday 26th June
7th June 2016 On arrival back at Neuchâtel after her regular sailings on Tuesday 7th June a crack was discovered in the covering plate of the condenser and all sailings from Wednesday onwards were replaced by a motor vessel
Temporary repairs were made to enable her to return to service for the Yverdon-les-Bains "Fêtes Eau-Lac" weekend
5th June 2016 Operated the first of four monthly timetabled sailings 201-82-83-92-204 from Neuchâtel to Yverdon-les-Bains on Sunday 5th June
28th May 2016 First timetabled sailings of the season
Operated sailings 202-63-64-205-206 from Neuchâtel on Saturday 28th May
21th May 2016 First sailing of the season
Operated a special pre-season sailing to Concise for the Trivapor AGM on Saturday 21st May
 
27th September 2015 Last timetabled sailings of the season
Operated sailings 61-52-53-54-66 from Neuchâtel on Sunday 27th September
1st August 2015 Operated a special fireworks cruise from Neuchâtel on Swiss National Day on Saturday 1st August
26th June 2015 Operated three days of special sailings from Yverdon-les-Bains commencing Friday 26th June
20th June 2015 Operated a special sailing to Biel (he only visit of the year) for the Trivapor AGM on Saturday 31st May
23rd May 2015 First timetabled sailings of the season
Operated sailings 204-63-64-207-209 from Neuchâtel on Saturday 23rd May
 
14th August 2014 Last sailings of the season
The paddle steamer operated sailings 204-63-64-207-209-210 on Thursday 14th August despite a noticable "smell" coming from the boiler room
An inspecition the following morning revealed a major problem with the boiler and the paddle steamer was immediately withdrawn from service
Despite attempts to undertake quick repairs, it was not possible for these to be completed in time for a return to service in 2014
17th July 2014 Broke down at La Sauge pier on the return sailing 64 from Morat on Thursday 17th July and her passengers were transferred to the following service operated by mv Isle St. Pierre
She returned to service the following day
29th May 2014 Operated three days of special sailings from Yverdon-les-Bains on Ascension Thursday 29th May   Friday 30th May and Saturday 31st May
24th May 2014 First public sailings of the season
Following many decades out of service the paddle steamer finally returned to public service and take over some of the Neuchâtel based sailings as part of the LNM fleet to the Three Lakes commencing Saturday 24th May with a sailing to Estavayer-le-Lac
17th May 2014 A special sailing from Neuchâtel to the Trivapor A G M at Yverdon-les-Bains and a lunch cruise on Saturday 17th May were both fully booked
11th April 2014 Following many decades out of service, re-entered service on Friday 11th April commencing with three 90 minute Return to service private charter sailings from Neuchâtel - repeated the following day
 
14th August 2013
After completion of her major re-build, the paddle steamer was again "lifted" from dry-land at Sugiez on Wednesday 14th August and will be towed to for winter lay-up to allow the completion of her internal fittings
 
17th October 2010
The paddle steamer "lifted" onto dry-land at Sugiez on Saturday 17th October to allow work to start on her major re-build
  - finance for the first stage has now been secured
18th/19th September 2010 The paddle steamer was towed to Sugiez on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September via Morat (berthed overnight) to commence her major re-build
4th September 2010 The paddle steamer was open for visitors for a "Farewell Visit" on Saturay 4th September prior to leaving her "home" port
4th February 2010 The paddle steamer was open for visitors on the first Thursday of February to August inclusive
 
5th February 2009 The paddle steamer was open for visitors on the first Thursdays of February to December inclusive
 
6th November 2008 The paddle steamer was open for visitors on Thursdays 6th November and 4th December in Neuchâtel harbour
 
14th April 2007 The 2007 AGM was held on board the paddle steamer for the first time on Saturday 14th April
22nd February 2007 The paddle steamer was transferred to the ownership of "Trivapor" and plans to restore her to operational status using the already acquired Maffei steam engine (see below) will now be developed in detail
 
12th February 2005 A special steam-hauled passenger and freight train carrierd the former Maffei steam engine (previously installed in PS Ludwig Fessler) from Rotterdam to Yverdon on Saturday 12th February and was later put on public display at Yverdon
 
1969 to 2007 The paddle steamer remained static at Neuchâtel spending much of her time as a lakeside resturant
 
1968 Last season in operation
neuchatelpbox Over the years operated a varied selection of timetabled and special sailings on and between the three Jura lakes
Do you have details of any of her sailings during this time ?
1912 Entered service
The following year (1913) the paddle steamer inaugurated the daily service between Bienne and Neuchâtel, whilst its twin PS Freiburg provided connections to/from Yverdon
 
Following withdrawal from regular service on the Jura Lakes, this paddle steamer spent many years serving as a static resturant at Neuchatel harbour
After negotations were completed in 2007 the ship was transferred from her then owner to the Trivapor organisation who plan to restore her to full operational status powered by the Maffei steam engine No.576 previously installed in PS Ludwig Fessler on Lake Chiemsee (Bavaria) until 1973


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