Matterhorn-Gotthard-Bahn - MGB
The MGB is the result of a merger of the BVZ (Zermatt Bahn, Brig-Visp-Zermatt) and FO (Furka-Oberalb-Bahn) on 1 January 2003.
The FO line forms the only east-west link in southern Switzerland. Until 1982 through trains over the Furka Pass could only run during the summer. Now there is the Furka base tunnel, also a car train operates through the tunnel allowing motorists access to the Andermatt region all year, the original line over the Furka Pass is now operated by the 'Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstreke' with steam locomotives including one that has been repatriated from Vietnam.
The line runs from Disentis/Mustèr to Brig, with a branch line from Andermatt to the SBB/CFF/FFS station in Göschenen. Rack remain on this very scenic line. In 1999 a 2.2km branch line (with rack) was opened from Sedrun to Las Rueras, in conjunction with Gotthard Base tunnel to remove spoil.
The famous Glacier Express was started by the FO and runs from Zermatt to Disentis Muster where there is an end on connection with the Rhatische Bahn who supply the motive power to continue the trains journey to Chur andSt Moritz.

Two of the snow ploughs used on the MGB, Sept 2012


The BVZ line provides the transport link from Brig to Zermatt. A shuttle service operates between Tasche (car park) and Zermatt as Zermatt is a pedestrian only town to which public road traffic is not permitted.
The MGB has a common management with GGB that runs rack trains from Zermatt up into the mountains. BVZ Holding AG owns 75% of the company.
Since 2006 this company is a member of RAILplus AG, a company set up by a number of private railways to coordinate marketing, maintenance, etc.


HGe4/4 at Brig.