Day 6: Belfort (FR) – Bern (CH)

Distance: 148 Kilometers
Height: 2.578 Altimeters


SBB Cargo International was established in 2010 as a company limited by shares with its registered office in Olten. Its share capital is held by SBB Cargo AG (75%) and by Hupac AG (25%). The company offers intermodal freight and conventional block train services on the North-South corridor (primarily Corridor A) between German and Northern Italy.

SBB Cargo International is clearly focused on Europe’s north-south rail corridor, on lean structures, and on market-leading quality.

SBB Cargo International has a workforce of approximately 734 in Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Of the existing SBB Cargo fleet, it currently uses around 135 mainline locomotives, about 60% of which are modern multi-system locos equipped for cross-border operation. In 2016 the company handled a freight volume of 11.113 million net tonne-kilometres and posted sales of approximately CHF 294 million.

Route description

In stage six we will arrive in Switzerland. Again a tough day where have to bear 145 km and over 2.500 metres of altitude. We cross a part of the Jura before entering into Switzerland. The start is relatively calm but after 50 kilometres we have to the first climb to the day: the Col de Rangiers (859m). Then there will be a longer descent and after 80 km a lunch in Court. We could use this rest while shortly after lunch we will have to climb the Grenchenberg (1.358 meters). At the end of the stage we pass the beautiful city of Bern to arrive in Stettlen.

Col de Rangiers (859m)

Average grade: 5% – Length: 7 km – Altitude start: 505 m – top: 859 m – Ascent: 354 m

Grenchenberg (1.358m)

Average grade: 7,6% – Length: 9 km – Altitude start: 701 m – top: 1.358 m – Ascent: 635 m

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