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LINKS to other Swiss and Italian paddle steamer related sites
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Lake Brienz

BLS Official site

There are NO sailings on Lake Brienz during the winter
    The paddle steamer is laid-up for the winter
See my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the paddle steamer
Available in English as well as German and French
Friends of Steam
Lake Thun
and Lake Brienz
Unfortunately
only available
in German
 
Lake Geneva

CGN Official site


The late-Winter Timetable (until Thursday 13th April) is now in operation
    The two motor paddle vessels are now in service
A copy of the full late-Winter 2016-2017 and Spring 2016 timetables are now available on their website and can now be accessed by clicking on "schedules" - and selecting "PDF Timetables" which gives details of all CGN regular sailings planned to be worked by both the paddle steamers and the motor vessels --- unfurtunately unlike the previous editions which identified which "MPV" or "PS" was involved, it now only shows to be operated by one of the seven, listed "paddlers"

Unfortunately, unlike most other Swiss lakes - having been the first operator to publish their monthly "OGS" (steamer rosters - confirmation of the vessels planned to operate most of the CGN sailings for the next month) - this informatin can no longer be found on the English version of their official website ! - however it can currently be found 'hidden' in French pages click here
See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the paddle steamers
Available in English
but you are advised to also look at the
French
pages for the
most uptodate ' day-to-day ' information
Jean Vernet
Unofficial site
After 20 years, Jean Vernet has given up his excellent web-site
Unfortunately access to any of the previous pages is no longer available, but the old "url" now links to an excellent "Photo site"
Thank you Jean for all your hard work over the last two decades
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L'Association des
Amis des Bateaux
à Vapeur du Léman

An association  ("Friends of the Lake Geneva Paddle Steamers") formed to support the CGN, with the prime objective of raising funds to renovate all eight paddle steamers/motor paddle vessels (including the two * "long-term laid-up")
* - MPV Vevey has now returned to service and MPV Italie is planned to join her sister in November, following a major re-build at Ouchy works
Major work will be required soon on PS Rhône (now laid-up at Geneva) afterwhich attention will hopefully turn to the much larger MPV Helvétie which is now back moored in Ouchy docks
Unfortunately
only available
in French
Association
Patrimoine
du Léman

The object of this association founded in 1983 is "To safeguard the heritage of Lake Geneva......"
The site chronicles many of the achievements to date
Available in English as well as French
Steve Crook
Unofficial
History Site

An interesting account of the sailings on Lake Geneva from 1822 to the present day Available in English as well as French
Steam Launch
Étoile Arcture


An interesting well illustrated website about the Steam Launch Étoile Arcture which on occasions can be seen sailing on Lake Geneva from the larger paddle steamers Unfortunately
only available
in French
but still well worth a visit !
 
Lake Luzern

SGV Official site


The late-Winter Timetable (until Thursday 13th April) is now in operation
    One of the paddle steamer is now in service (for special and charter sailings only)
A copy of the full  late-Winter 2016-2017  Spring 2017  Summer 2017  Autumn 2017 and early-Winter 2017 timetables are now available on their website giving details of all SGV regular sailings planned to be worked by both the paddle steamers and the motor vessels
See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the paddle steamers
Confirmation of the SGV paddle steamer timetabled sailings for the current week can usually be found on their Dampfschiffeinsätze page
Available in English
but you are advised
to also look at the German pages for
the most uptodate information
Friends of the
paddle steamers
of Lake Luzern

Dampferfreunde Vierwaldstättersee
Website of the Friends of the Lake Luzern Paddle Steamers
Unfortunately
only available
in German
Schiffe auf dem
Vierwaldstättersee

An interesting site full of pictures of all the ships on Lake Luzern
In addition to the SGV, there are pictures of other passenger and freight vessels operating on the lake together with various docks and the "fireworks" display
Although in German this does not distract from the pictures
 
Lake Neuchâtel

LNM Official site


There are NO timetabled sailings on Lake Neuchâtel during the winter
Limited sailings by motor vessels only are planned to re-commence on Spring 2017

    The paddle steamer is laid-up for the winter
See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the paddle steamer
Available in English as well as German and French
Trivapor
Official site

    The Trivapor Organisation owns the former steam engine from the Lake Chiemsee paddle steamer PS Ludwig Fessler which was replaced with a diesel-hydraulic engine in 1973 and have installed it into their recently acquired PS Neuchâtel which had laid unoperational at Neuchâtel since 1969
    During 2014 the paddle steamer comenced public operation with her sailings integrated along with the rest of the LNM fleet --- the same arrangement is planned for 2017
Unfortunately
only available
in French and German
 
Lake Thun

BLS Official site


The Winter Timetable (until Friday 31st March) is now in operation
    The paddle steamer is laid-up for the winter
A copy of the full Winter 2016-2017 timetable is now available on their website
giving details of all BLS regular sailings planned to be worked by both the paddle steamer and the motor vessels

(Scroll down to the "Download" box towards the bottom of the right hand column)
See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the paddle steamer
Available in English as well as German and French
Friends of Steam
Lake Thun
and Lake Brienz
Unfortunately
only available
in German
 
Lake Zurich
ZSG Official site


The late-Winter Timetable (until Saturday 1st April) is now in operation
    Both paddle steamers are laid-up for the winter
It is now possible to view or download a PDF file showing the official annual timetable and excursions 2016-2017 - which also includes details of all the timetabled and special sailings operated by both the paddle steamers and the motor vessels
There are two versions of the publication.....
  1) which shows most sailings in an "excursion" format and
  2) which shows the full timetables in "traditional" format
See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the two paddle steamers
Confirmation of the latest information for the next few days can usually be found here
Unfortunately
only the
"entry page"
is in English
with links to other pages only available in German
Aktion pro Raddampfer
Website of the Friends of the Lake Zurich Paddle Steamers Unfortunately
only available
in German
 
Lake Konstanz

HSG Official site


There are no regular paddle steamer sailings to or from any Swiss piers..........
   ..........but there are special sailings on a limited number of dates in the summer

    The paddle steamer is laid up for the winter
See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of "special sailings" expected to operated by the paddle steamer
Now available
in German
and English
 
Sailings on the following three Italian lakes are all operated by the NLI organisation
but managed locally by the NLC, NLG and NLM respectively
Lake Como

NLC Official site

The Winter Timetable (until Saturday 25th March) is now in operation
    PS Concordia is is laid-up for the winter
    The previously "independently owned" PS Patria has again become part of the NLC fleet
    (although she did not sail in public service in 2016)
A copy of the full NLC Winter 2016-2017 timetable is now available on their website giving details of all NLC regular sailings planned to be worked by See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the last remaining operational paddle steamers
Available in English as well as in Italian
Lariana
Unofficial site

An excellent site edited by Marcello Baldrati
Numerous pictures and fleet details of the existing and scrapped paddle steamers, motor vessels and car ferries also 'high-speed' craft in service on Lake Como; history; timetables; departures from all piers; news; etc.
Well worth a visit !
Available in English as well as Italian
PS Patria Supporters website

An excellent site edited by Flaminio Borgonovo giving the history and latest position about the various attempts to restore PS Patria which has been laid up for over a decade

Available in English as well as Italian
Lake Garda

NLG Official site

The Winter Timetable (until Friday 31st March) is now in operation
    Both motor paddle vessels are laid up for the winter
A copy of the full Winter 2016-2017 timetable is now available on their website giving details of the sailings planned to be worked by both the motor vessels
(Unfortunately no specific reference is made to which summer sailings will be operated by the motor paddle vessels)

See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen on a non-advertised basis with the last two remaining motor paddle vessels
Now available in English as well as in Italian
Lake Maggiore

NLM Official site

The Winter Timetable (until Saturday 9th April) is now in operation
    The paddle steamer is laid up for the winter
A copy of the full
Winter 2016-2017 timetable is now available on their website giving details of all NLM regular sailings planned to be worked only by the motor vessels

See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the last remaining paddle steamer
Now available in English as well as in Italian
 
Steam Engine
Builder


DLM official site



Located in Switzerland, this Steam Engine Builder has recently produced many 'modern' economical steam engines for several Swiss railways
In addition, the new Steam Engine built for Lake Geneva's PS Montreux is the only one in the world to be controlled direct from the bridge without the need for an engineer down below
- just go on board and watch !
Available in English as well as German

 
Other unofficial websites
(covering more than one lake)
Multiple
Lakes
Paddlesteamers.info

One of the internet’s leading information sources about paddle steamers worldwide, containing a large selection of photographs and news - edited by Gordon Stewart
A website not to miss !
In English
Dampferzeitung

An excellent site
News about Swiss and other lake paddle steamers
also details of some special/charter sailings
edited by Robert Knöpfel
Unfortunately
only available
in German
Dampfschiffe
Steamships
Bateaux à vapeur
News about Swiss and other lake paddle steamers - also Cruise Liners and other transport
edited by Nadia Jöhr
Unfortunately
only available
in German
at present
but an English version is comming soon
Steam Blog
formally dampfaktuell
Swiss website about steam locos and steamboats
edited by Andrew Thompson

Most articles are about steam locomotives but there are some pages about the paddle steamers
now in
English
 
General
Martin Longhurst
Large selection of Paddle Steamer news and photographs (with particular reference to PS Waverley)
In English
Ray Ward's
 Photo Transport 
An interesting monthly selection of various transport photo features
March 2004 - Swiss Lake Steamers
In English
 
Other (non-Swiss) Transport Links and Websites
Other Swiss Paddle Steamer Photographic Websites


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