SWISS PADDLE STEAMER
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LINKS to other Swiss and Italian paddle steamer related sites
Click on the "lake name/logo" in the left-hand column for a link to the appropriate page on this website
or click on the Shipping Operator "name/logo" or "supporters organisation" in the second column to go direct to their website

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Click here other paddle steamer "photo" sites
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Lake Brienz

BLS Official site

The Summer Timetable (until Sunday 30th August) is now in operation
    The paddle steamer is now in service
A copy of the full Summer 2020 (from 4th July) and Autumn 2020 timetables are 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
See my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the paddle steamer
Any short term 'day to day' variations can usually be found here
Available in English as well as German and French
Friends of Steam
Lake Thun
and Lake Brienz
    Latest news can usually be found here Unfortunately
only available
in German
 
Lake Geneva

CGN Official site


    The Summer Timetable "until Sunday 6th September" (with five paddle steamers in service along with several motor vessels) is now in operation
    PS La SuissePS MontreuxPS SavoiePS Simplon and MPV Vevey are in service
   Their website is ideal for "confirming" or "booking" if you know exactly what you are looking for,  but nowhere near as easy as previously to get an overall picture of all the available options - especially if you want to "ship-hop" or plan to sail on more than one paddle steamer
A copy of the full Summer 2020 (delayed start until 28th June) and Autumn 2020 timetables are now available on their website and can now be accessed by clicking on their "Timetable and tickets" link - then selecting one of the "PDF Timetables" on the right hand side of the page - which gives details of all CGN regular sailings planned to be worked by both the paddle steamers/motor paddle vessel and the motor vessels
BEWARE
    "MPV Italie" was NOT be able to return to service for Easter 2020,  following her breakdown on 5th August  2019
    Her booked sailings will normally be covered by "MPV Vevey" instead - despite the official website timetables showing her to be in service throughout the whole of the Summer timetable period until very recently
    She will definately NOT now be ready for the start of the delayed Summer Timetable either , meaning the 'peak-summer' "Lausanne-Geneva-Lausanne-Montreux-Lausanne" roster will have to be covered by a motor vessel
    The latest 'target date' for her to re-enter service is now the start of August
    See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the paddle steamers
    One major "plus" of their new website is the English pages now have a direct link to the company's "OGS" (steamer rosters - confirmation of the vessels planned to operate most of the CGN sailings for each month) which can be found here although the actual document is only in French
Available in English
It looks as if they are
using an automatic
translator as some
of the wording is "interesting"
    - certainly not
"Queen's English" !!!!!

You are advised to check
the French pages to confirm the most
up-to-date ' 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
-
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 one * "long-term laid-up")
       * - MPV Helvétie

Major work will be required soon on PS Rhône (now "on standby" at Ouchy dock) 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 Summer Timetable (until Sunday 6th September) is now in operation
    Just three paddle steamers are in service
Copies of the full Reduced Summer 2020 (from 4th July)  timetable is 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 Steamship operations page - scroll down to the date but note it is ONLY in German
The link to the full "Fahrordnung" is now working again
A re-vamped
website is now
available in English
but you are advised
to also look at the German pages for
the most up-to-date 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

The Summer Timetable (until Sunday 27th September) is now in operation
    The paddle steamer is now in service
A copy of the full Summer 2020 (delayed start - from 4th JULY - paddle steamer sailings COMPLETELY CHANGED *) and Autumn 2020 timetables are now available on their website
giving details of all NLM regular sailings planned to be worked by both the paddle steamer and the motor vessels
* - BUT BEWARE,  WHILST MOST 'SAILINGS' ARE UNALTERED FROM THOSE ORIGINALLY ADVERTISED,  THE JOURNEYS TO BE OPERATED BY THE PADDLE STEAMER ARE COMPLETELY REVISED

Note - there are NO timetabled sailings in the winter

See also my FULLY UPDATED "Timetable Index Page" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the paddle steamer

Additional 'day to day' information can sometimes be found here
Unfortunately
only available
in French or German
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 commenced public operation with her sailings integrated along with the rest of the LNM fleet --- the same arrangement is planned for 2020
Unfortunately
only available
in French or German
 
Lake Thun

BLS Official site

The Summer Timetable (until Sunday 18th Octobr) is now in operation
    The paddle steamer is now in service
    Copies of the full Summer 2020  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
    There is also a link to their "Boat deployment plan" giving just the "basic" standard ship allocation - BUT it is NO LONGER updated with any 'day-to-day' variations
    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 Summer Timetable (until Sunday 18th October) is now in operation
NOTE..........
    - immediately following the Coronavirus restrctions,  the sailings originally planned for the paddle steamers were initially reduced to the basic "early-summer and late-summer sailings" to operate all-summerbut subsequently the ZSG announced further changes would apply during July and August
Both paddle steamers are now in service
It is now possible to view or download a PDF file showing the official annual timetables and excursions December 2019 - December 2020 also the
- which includes details of all the timetabled 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

In addition there WAS a REVISED reduced in the level of summer services 'timetable' - click the link at the end of their first paragraph
See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the two paddle steamers
(originally reflecting the "initial" ZSG annnouncement but now in the process of being further updated to reflect their "revised" announcement
Confirmation of the latest information for the next few days can usually be found here
An English versaion
is also available
Aktion pro Raddampfer
Website of the Friends of the Lake Zurich Paddle Steamers Unfortunately
only available
in German
 
Lake Konstanz

HSG Official site

The Summer Timetable - to/from Swiss piers - THEORETICALLY started on Saturday 25th April but have been WITHDRAWN until further notice due to the Coronavirus retrictions
    The paddle steamer remains laid-up for an extended winter period
See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of "special sailings" expected to operated by the paddle steamer
PLEASE NOTE
Some 'day-to-day' information can be found here 


"New" website now available
Unfortunately currently only available in German
but "hopefully" an English version will again be provided before too long
 
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

A temporary post-Coronavirus timetable started on Saturday 13th June with just a limited number of motor vessels operating a greatly reduced timetable
(mainly serving the Como basin,  the islands and some cross-lake ferry services --- full length sailings remain suspended except for very limited 'high speed' journeys by catamarans or hydrofoils

  PS Concordia remains laid-up for an extended winter period
    The previously "independently owned" PS Patria had again become part of the NLC fleet
    (but now plans to operate her privately are 'understood' to be being developed)
A copy of the full NLC
post-Coronavirus 2020 (from 13th June) timetable is now available on their website giving details of all NLC regular sailings planned to be worked by the motor vessels
 Click the " " icon in the top right hand corner to translate the page into English 
Note there are now separate "pdf" files for nothbound and southbound journeys !!!

Details of the proposed "Summer 2020" timetable - which hopefully will include the paddle steamer - have not yet been made public

See also my "Timetable Index" and "Summary Page" for further details of what is expected to happen with the last remaining operational paddle steamer
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

An increased temporary post-Coronavirus timetable started on Saturday 13th June - still operating to a reduced level compared to 2019,  but..........
..........further changes are planned for August

    Both motor paddle vesssels remain laid-up for an extended winter period
    The NLG has sadly advised..... "unfortunately both Zanardelli and and Italia, probably will not be in service this season"
A copy of the full post-Coronavirus 2020 (from 4th July) timetable is now available on their website giving details of all NLG regular sailings - currently only planned to be worked by the motor vessels

 Click the " " icon in the top right hand corner to translate the page into English 

Details of the proposed "Summer 2020 - from 1st Audust" timetable - which hopefully might in the end include one if not both of the motor paddle vessels - have not yet been made public

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

A temporary post-Coronavirus timetable started on Wednesday 3rd June with just a limited number of motor vessels operating a greatly reduced timetable
(mainly serving the islands and some cross-lake ferry services --- full length sailings remain suspended)
  PS Piemonte is now in service - having operated some rare public cruises from Stresa over the Whit weekend
Now only operating private charter sailings
      --- very occasionally some of which are 'open to the public'

A copy of the full
post-Coronavirus 2020 (from 3rd June) timetable is now available on their website giving details of all NLM regular sailings planned to be worked only by the motor vessels
 Click the " " icon in the top right hand corner to translate the page into English 

Details of the proposed "Summer 2020" timetable - which are unlikely to include the paddle steamer - have not yet been made public

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
DAMPFSCHIFF
AUF DEM
LAGO MAGGIORE

  A website about the last remaining Lake Maggiore paddle steamer - also giving details of occasional Private Charter Sailings ("open to the public")
    Sadly the only one planned for 2020 has had to be POSTPONED until 2021 due to the Coronavirus retrictions
Available only in German and 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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