PS Stadt Luzern

Lake Luzern
Date entered service -- 1928
Builder -- Gebr, Sachsenberg AG
Weight -- 415.0 tons
Steam Power -- 1,300 hp
Engine -- Sulzer (1929) #
Length -- 63.5
Breadth -- 15.2m
Passenger capacity -- 1,200
Major re-builds -- 1954 and 1990
# - replaced the original unsatisfactory 1928 Sachsenberg engine
normally operates the 1112 Wilhelm Tell Express round trip
between Luzern and Flüelen daily throughout the season
 
30th April 2016 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 13-24 1112 Luzern to Flüelen and return on Saturday 30th April
 
18th October 2015 Last sailings of the season
Operated the traditional final Wilhelm Tell Express   sailings 13-24 (1112 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 18th October
28th June 2015 The paddle steamer broke down at Luzern on Sunday 28th June with generator problems and her place on the Sunday Wilhelm Tell Express sailings 13-24 was covered by mv Waldstätter then and her sisters were juggled to cover from the Monday until she returned to service on Friday 3rd July
3rd April 2015 First sailings of the season
Opened the SGV 2015 season and operated sailings 13-24 1112 Luzern to Flüelen and return on Good Friday 3rd April
 
19th October 2014 Last sailings of the season
Operated the traditional final Wilhelm Tell Express   sailings 13-24 (1112 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 19th October
14th October 2014 The paddle steamer broke down early on Tuesday 14th October (reason as yet unknown) and mv Waldstätter was summoned to cover the Wilhelm Tell Express sailings 13-24 from Luzern at 1112
She was quickly repaired to enable her to operate a charter sailing that evening
18th April 2014 First sailings of the season
Opened the SGV 2014 season and operate sailings 13-24 1112 Luzern to Flüelen and return on Good Friday 18th April instead of her smaller sister PS Uri
 
20th October 2013 Last sailings of the season
Operated the traditional final Wilhelm Tell Express   sailings 13-24 (1112 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 20th October
27th April 2013 First timetabled sailings of the season
Opened her 2013 season and operated sailings 13-24 1112 Luzern to Flüelen and return on Saturday 27th April
 
21st October 2012 Last sailings of the season
Operated the traditional final Wilhelm Tell Express   sailings 13-24 (1112 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 21st October
27th April 2012 First timetabled sailings of the season
Opened her 2012 season and operated sailings 13-24 1112 Luzern to Flüelen and return on Friday 27th April due to the breakdown of PS Unterwalden
 
23rd October 2011 Last sailings of the season
Operated the traditional final Wilhelm Tell Express   sailings 13-24 (1112 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 23rd October
17th April 2011 First timetabled sailings of the season
Planned to open the 2011 season and operate sailings 13-24 1112 Luzern to Flüelen and return on Sunday 17th April
26th March 2011 Pre-season sailing
Unusually entered service in March and operated a pre-season charter
 
17th October 2010 Last sailings of the season
Operated the traditional final Wilhelm Tell Express   sailings 13-24 (1112 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 17th October
2nd April 2010 First sailings of the season
As a result of major work to the boiler of her smaller sister PS Uri, the flag-ship opened the 2010 season and operated sailings 13-24 1112 Luzern to Flüelen and return on Good Friday 2nd April
 
18th October 2009 Last sailings of the season
Operated the traditional final Wilhelm Tell Express   sailings 13-24 (1112 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 18th October
19th April 2009 First timetabled sailings of the season
Operate the revised sailings 13-24 1112 Luzern to Flüelen and return on Sunday 19th April vice her smaller sister PS Uri
 
19th October 2008 Last sailings of the season
Operated the traditional final Wilhelm Tell Express   sailings 13-26 (1125 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 19th October
29th August 2008 Operate the final Friday Evening Music Cruise of 2008 on Friday 29th August instead of her smaller sister PS Unterwalden which had a private charter sailing
19th April 2008 80th Birthday Parade
To mark the 80th birthday of the paddle steamer a special parade by all five paddle steamers departed Luzern at 1200 on Saturday 19th April followed in the evening by a special Dinner Cruise at 1900
9th March 2008 First timetabled sailings of the season - CANCELLED
The paddle steamer was originally planned to enter service much earlier than usual and operate the winter sailings 19-26 to Flüelen on Sunday 9th March vice the regular motor vessel
In the end - due to poor weather - the sailing was operated by mv Winkelried and the paddle steamer remained "on standby" until her Birthday Parade
8th March 2008 First sailing of her 80th season
The paddle steamer entered service much earlier than usual on Saturday 8th March and operated a private charter during the winter timetable >
 
1st December 2007 Last sailing of the season
Came out of winter lay-up for a three paddle steamer charter in connection with the specail Euro 08 football draw at the Verkehrshaus Lido on the evening of Saturday 1st December 2007 along with PS Unterwalden and PS Uri
It is probably more than 50 years since 3 paddle steamers were last in service together on the same day - in December !
21st October 2007 Last timetabled sailings of the season
Operated the traditional Wilhelm Tell Express   sailings 13-26 (1125 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 21st October
8th April 2007 First sailings of the season
The paddle steamer entered service earlier than usual and operated sailings 13-26 to Flüelen on Easter Sunday 8th April vice her smaller sister PS Uri
 
22nd October 2006 Last timetabled sailings of the season
Operated the traditional Wilhelm Tell Express   sailings 13-26 (1125 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 22nd October
Autumn 2006 Despite the smaller PS Unterwalden taking over the autumn sailings this year from her sister PS Uri the large 'flagship' has in reality unusually covered most of the mid-week sailings to Flüelen
1st Septembery 2006 Operated the rare special 'public' evening charter sailing from Küssnacht am Rigi at 1930 on Friday 1st September instead of her smaller sister as advertised
5th and
6th July 2006
The paddle steamer spent two days off-service undertaking repairs on Wednesday 5th July and Thursday 6th July
Her regular 1125 'Wilhelm Tell Express' sailings 13-26 were covered by the smaller PS Unterwalden
11th May 2006 First sailing of the season
The paddle steamer entered service later than usual and operated Wilhelm Tell Express sailings 13-26 on Thursday 11th May
 
9th November 2005 Last sailing of the season
Operated the annual Rütlischiessen sailing from Luzern depart 0440 to Trieb and Rütli on Wednesday 9th November
23rd October 2005 Last timetabled sailings of the season
Operated the traditional Wilhelm Tell Express sailings 13-26 (1125 from Luzern to Flüelen and return) on Sunday 23rd October
24th July 2005 Operated a special charter sailing from Luzern at 0915 to Rütli on Sunday 24th July to mark the 65th anniversary of the important meeting of General Guisan with his high ranking Swiss Army officers on Thursday 25th July 1940
See also news item
27th March 2005 First sailing of the season
The paddle steamer operated sailings 13-26 on Easter Sunday 27th March
 
10th November 2004 Last sailing of the season
After over 40 years the paddle steamer was again rostered to operate the special Rütlischiessen sailing from Luzern depart 0440 to Trieb and Rütli on Wednesday 10th November
Since 1961, the last time this paddle steamer operated it, the annual sailing has been operated by one/two large motor vessels

See also photo feature of pictures by Alexander Dietz
24th October 2004 Last timetabled sailing of the season
Operated sailings 13-26 (1120 from Luzern to Flüelen) on Sunday 24th October
2nd May 2004 Operated her first 1120 Wilhelm Tell Express departure from Luzern of 2004 on Sunday 2nd May (the first sailing of the season was covered by a motor vessel owing to the paddle steamer parade sailings 13-26 - see below)
Thereafter she normal covered sailings 13-26 through the Summer except when there was a private charter or rosters were exchanged to provide additional capacity to cater for large pre-booked parties
1st May 2004 Return to service of PS Gallia after major rebuild
Took part in the special Parade on Saturday 1st May
18th April 2004 First sailings of the season
Operated sailings 13-26 - 1120 Luzern to Flüelen and 1505 return on Sunday 18th April
 
14th November 2003 Unusually the paddle steamer remained operational after the end of her timetabled sailings and operated four private charter sailings, the last one being on Friday 14th November
26th October 2003 Last public sailings of the season
Operated sailings 13-26 (1120 from Luzern to Flüelen) on Sunday 26th October (see picture - leaving Luzern)
27th June 2003 75th Anniversary  (1928-2003)
The paddle steamer operated a special evening "New Orleans" jazz cruise on Friday 27th June from Luzern (depart 2100)
6th April 2003 First sailings of the season
The paddle steamer re-entered service on Sunday 6th April and operated sailings 13-26 (1120 from Luzern to Flüelen)
 
27th October 2002 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 13-26 (1120 from Luzern to Flüelen) on Sunday 27th October
26th August 2002 Accident at Flüelen
The paddle steamer failed to slow down approaching Flüelen pier at 1455 on Monday 26th August 2002 at the end of sailing 13 (1120 'Wilhelm Tell Express' Luzern to Flüelen) and her hull became embedded in the mud just short of the retaining wall
The paddle steamer returned to service the next day (Tuesday 27th August)
See news page for further details
14th June 2002 Unusually operated the early morning weekday sailings 7-18 (0915 Luzern to Flüelen and return) vice the regular smaller PS Uri on Friday 14th June
4th June 2002 Unusually operated evening sailings 29-36 (1915 Luzern to Vitznau and return) vice the advertised 101 year old PS Uri on Tuesday 4th June after the normal Wilhelm Tell Express sailings 13-26
29th March 2002 First sailings of the season
The SGV flagship operated sailings 13-26 (1120
from Luzern) on Good Friday 29th March
 
28th October 2001 Last sailings of the season
Operated sailings 13-26 (1120 from Luzern) on Sunday 28th October
1st August 2001 Swiss National Day
Annual evening Ship Parade including all five paddle steamers from Luzern to Brunnen for the spectacular fireworks display
24th May 2001 First timetabled sailing of 2001 on Thursday 24th May - this was much later than usual due to an extended overhaul
 
29th October 2000 Final timetabled sailing of 2000 on Sunday 29th October
2nd September 2000 Unusually operated evening sailings 29-36 (1915 Luzern to Vitznau and return) vice a motor vessel on Saturday 2nd September after the normal Wilhelm Tell Express sailings 13-26
12th August 2000 Luzern Annual Fireworks
On Saturday 12th August operated an evening fireworks cruise from Luzern
1st August 2000 Swiss National Day
Annual evening 'Eight Ship' Parade including all five five paddle steamers from Luzern to Brunnen for the spectacular fireworks display
28th July 2000 Unusually operated sailings 7-18-21-24-105 on Friday 28th July vice PS Uri and PS Unterwalden instead of the normal Wilhelm Tell Express sailings
15th April 2000 Return to service of PS Schiller after major rebuild
First public sailing of 2000 on Saturday 15th April "Steamer Parade"
 
30th April 1994 Return to service of PS Uri after major rebuild
First public sailing of 1994 on Saturday 30th April "Steamer Parade"
 
25th July 1940 Operated a special sailing from Luzern to Rütli meadow on Thursday 25th July for the important meeting between General Guisan and his high ranking Swiss Army officers during World War II


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