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On 22 September 2005 the "Modern Steam am Hauenstein GmbH" has been founded at Sissach, Switzerland. The first step to be undertaken will be the development of a business plan. The ultimate aim of the company is to save rail traction on the old Hauenstein line from Sissach to Olten. The present electric traction covers its cost to only 20% and is therefore in danger of being changed to bus operation. The concept of a modern, economic and ecologically viable steam train allows higher revenue with equal operating costs, thereby significantly reducing the amount of subsidies. The line from Sissach to Olten is a good case for demonstrating such an idea, but other branch lines can be looked at as well.


The steam train on the Rümlinger viaduct (Picture: DLM AG)

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