The Berner Oberland, is the higher part of the canton of Bern, Switzerland, in the southern end of the canton, one of the canton's five administrative regions. The region consists of the area around Meiringen and Hasliberg up to Grimsel Pass, around Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, the valleys of many high mountains with the towering Jungfrau Peak, the area southwest of the Lake Thun with Kandersteg and Adelboden, the area round Gstaad and Lenk in the Simmental; the mountain range in the Berner Oberland south of the Aare and north of the Rhône are collectively called the Bernese Alps. The flag of the Berner Oberland consists of a black eagle in a gold field over two fields in the cantonal colours of red and black; the Swiss German dialects spoken in the Berner Oberland are Highest Alemannic German, contrasting with the High Alemannic Bernese German spoken in Bern and the northern parts of the canton. In the short-lived Helvetic Republic, the Berner Oberland was a separate canton. Prehistorically the Berner Oberland was crossed by hunters or traders, but the first known settlements were from the Roman era.
The Romans settled along the lakes. They used. During the High Middle Ages, a number of Berner Oberland villages grew around valley parish churches which were religious and cultural centers within each surrounding valley. During Middle Ages, the Berner Oberland first belonged to the Kingdom of Burgundy followed by the Dukes of Zähringen. After the extinction of the Zähringen line, the Berner Oberland was ruled by a number of local Barons. For a time, some of the Walser barons ruled portions of the Berner Oberland; the Saanen valley was ruled by the Counts of Gruyères. Portions of the alpine passes were held, by the Bishop of Sion; the expansionist policy of the city of Bern led them into the Berner Oberland. Through conquest, mortgage or marriage politics Bern was able to acquire the majority of the Berner Oberland from the indebted local barons between 1323 and 1400. Under Bernese control, the five valleys enjoyed extensive rights and far-reaching autonomy in the Bäuerten and Talverbänden. Throughout the Late Middle Ages, the Berner Oberland, as a whole or in part, revolted several times against Bernese authority.
The Evil League in 1445 fought against Bernese military service and taxes following the Old Zürich War, in 1528 the Berner Oberland rose up in resistance to the Protestant Reformation and in 1641 Thun revolted. During the Middle Ages, the settlement pattern in the Berner Oberland was somewhat consistent. A main settlement grew on the valley floor below an elevation near 1,100 m; this main settlement had a market and a castle or other fortifications. This market town was surrounded by scattered villages and individual farm houses to an elevation of 1,600 m. During the 14th-16th centuries, the Berner Oberland villages began extensive trading with the Bernese grain producing towns in the lowlands; this allowed the alpine villages to renounce self-sufficiency in grain and focus on raising cattle in the high alpine pastures and bringing them down into the valleys in the winter. They exported cattle over the passes into Italy and into the Bernese lowlands. Around 1500, in addition to the seven medieval markets, eleven new cattle markets opened to allow the Berner Oberland villagers to sell their cattle.
After the Napoleonic invasion of Switzerland in 1798, the old Bernese order was fractured and the Berner Oberland was separated from the canton of Bern, forming the canton of Oberland. Within this new canton, historic borders and traditional rights were not considered; as there had been no previous separatist feeling amongst the conservative population, there was little enthusiasm for the new order. The 1801 Malmaison Constitution proposed reuniting the canton of Oberland with Bern, but it was not until the Act of Mediation, two years with the abolition of the Helvetic Republic and the partial restoration of the ancien régime, that the two cantons were reunited. In 1729, Albrecht von Haller published the poem Die Alpen about his travels through the alpine regions; this combined with other reports and alpine paintings started the tourism industry in the Berner Oberland. By 1800 there were resorts on Lake Brienz. Shortly thereafter the resorts expanded into the alpine valleys, began attracting English guests.
However, because of the widespread poverty of the 19th century many residents of the Simmen valley and the Interlaken district emigrated to North America, Germany or Russia. In the late 19th century, new transportation links made it easier for people to travel into the valleys; the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon railway opened in 1913 and became the largest owned railroad in Switzerland. The collapse of the hotel industry during both world wars forced a diversification of the economy. After 1950 a new wave of hotel construction of hotels and holiday homes and apartments, led to a strong population growth. Starting in the 1930s and after 1950 funiculars, cable cars and chair lifts opened up many of t
Aigle is a historic town and a municipality and the capital of the district of Aigle in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. The official language of Aigle is French. Aigle lies at an elevation of 415 m about 13 km south-southeast of Montreux, it is at the foot of the Swiss Alps. Aigle has an area, as of 2009, of 16.41 square kilometers. Of this area, 5.59 km2 or 34.1% is used for agricultural purposes, while 6.13 km2 or 37.4% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 4.2 km2 or 25.6% is settled, 0.45 km2 or 2.7% is either rivers or lakes and 0.1 km2 or 0.6% is unproductive land. Of the built up area, industrial buildings made up 5.2% of the total area while housing and buildings made up 6.6% and transportation infrastructure made up 9.0%. Power and water infrastructure as well as other special developed areas made up 1.5% of the area while parks, green belts and sports fields made up 3.4%. Out of the forested land, all of the forested land area is covered with heavy forests. Of the agricultural land, 21.5% is used for growing crops and 2.4% is pastures, while 10.2% is used for orchards or vine crops.
Of the water in the municipality, 0.6 % is in lakes and 2.1 % streams. Aigle includes the villages of Le Cloître, Vers Pousaz, Fontanney; the surrounding municipalities are Yvorne, Ormont-Dessous, Ollon in the canton of Vaud, Vouvry and Collombey-Muraz in the canton of Valais. The municipality was settled early. Burials and ceramics from the Bronze Age have been discovered. During Roman times, Aigle lay on the road from the Great Saint Bernard pass via Viviscus to Aventicum, the Roman capital; the Romans had a number of names for Aigle: Ala, Alena and Aquilas. The first medieval mention of the municipality occurs in 1150 under the name of Alium. A mention in 1153 gives the name as Aleo. Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV gave the territory of Aigle in 1076 to the house of Savoy; the Abbeys of Great Saint Bernard and Saint-Maurice had holdings in Aigle, the latter established a priory, from which the village of Le Cloître takes its name. In 1231, Aigle was made a market town by Thomas I of Savoy, in 1314 it was raised to a free town by Amadeus V of Savoy.
It became an important commercial center because of its location on the road to Italy. It had a common parish with Corbeyrier and Yvorne. SInce the 14th century, it had a treaty with Sembrancher in Valais, that committed the two communities for mutual aid in case of war or natural disaster. In 1475, the mountain regions of Saanen and Pays-d'Enhaut, who were allied with Bern and burned the tower of Aigle Castle, they gave Aigle town and the surrounding district, including Ollon and Les Ormonts, to Bern in exchange for not having to pay one-third of their income to Bern. In the treaty of Fribourg from 1476, Fribourg received rights over the Aigle district, which they gave up to Bern in 1483. Bern made it the seat of the bailiwick of Aigle; the Aigle bailiwick included all of the present district except Villeneuve. It was thus the first of the French-speaking parts of Switzerland to become subject to Bern. In 1528, the Reformation was first preached in Aigle by Guillaume Farel. From 1798 to 1803, Aigle belonged to the canton of Léman in the Helvetic Republic, transformed into the canton of Vaud with the mediation of Napoleon.
The Geographical dictionary of 1821 by J. van Wijk Roelandszoon names the village Aelen, comprises 600 houses and 2.500 inhabitants, with a Salt mine that yields 15,000 cents. The district Aelen is 5 miles long and 6 miles in width, with a total of inhabitants of 7.500. In the 19th century, the canton of Vaud was an outspoken opponent of an attempt by a number of cantons to secede from Switzerland; this Catholic separatist movement led to intervention in 1847 by 99,000 Swiss Federal troops under General Henri Dufour against 79,000 separatists in what is called the Sonderbund war. Separation was prevented at the cost of 86 lives; the 1848 Swiss Federal Constitution was created in response of the Sonderbund war. Chablais was a former province of the Duchy of Savoy, its historic capital was Thonon-les-Bains. The modern Chablais "region" is three territories: the Chablais Savoyard, the Chablais Valaisan, the Chablais Vaudois; the Chablais Savoyard is within the department of Haute-Savoie in France, the Chablais Valaisan is in the Swiss canton of Valais, the Chablais Vaudois is in the Swiss canton of Vaud.
The Chablais Alps is the mountain range situated between Switzerland. The blazon of the municipal coat of arms is Per fess Sable and Or, two displayed eagles 1-1 counterchanged. Aigle has a population of 10,131; as of 2008, 37.0% of the population are resident foreign nationals. Over the last 10 years the population has changed at a rate of 15.4%. It has changed at a rate of 14.7% due to migration and at a rate of 1.5% due to births and deaths. Most of the population speaks French, with Portuguese being second most common and Albanian being third. There are 264 people who speak Italian and 5 people who speak Romansh. Of the population in the municipality 2,236 or about 28.1% were born in Aigle and lived there in 2000. There were 1,782 or 22.4% who were born in the same canton, while 1,188 or 14.9% were born somewhere else in Switzerland, 2,402 or 30.2% were born outside of Switzerland. In 2008 there were 56 live births to Swiss citizens and 41 birt
The Alpine region of Switzerland, conventionally referred to as the Swiss Alps, represents a major natural feature of the country and is, along with the Swiss Plateau and the Swiss portion of the Jura Mountains, one of its three main physiographic regions. The Swiss Alps extend over both the Western Alps and the Eastern Alps, encompassing an area sometimes called Central Alps. While the northern ranges from the Bernese Alps to the Appenzell Alps are in Switzerland, the southern ranges from the Mont Blanc massif to the Bernina massif are shared with other countries such as France, Italy and Liechtenstein; the Swiss Alps comprise all the highest mountains of the Alps, such as Dufourspitze, the Dom, the Liskamm, the Weisshorn and the Matterhorn. The other following major summits can be found in this list of mountains of Switzerland. Since the Middle Ages, transit across the Alps played an important role in history; the region north of St Gotthard Pass became the nucleus of the Swiss Confederacy in the early 14th century.
The Alps cover 65% of Switzerland's total 41,285 square kilometres surface area, making it one of the most alpine countries. Despite the fact that Switzerland covers only 14% of the Alps total 192,753 square kilometres area, 48 out of 82 alpine four-thousanders are located in the Swiss Alps and all of the remaining 34 are within 20 kilometres of the country's border; the glaciers of the Swiss Alps cover an area of 1,220 square kilometres — 3% of the Swiss territory, representing 44% of the total glaciated area in the Alps i.e. 2,800 square kilometres. The Swiss Alps are situated south of the Swiss north of the national border; the limit between the Alps and the plateau runs from Vevey on the shores of Lake Geneva to Rorschach on the shores of Lake Constance, passing close to the cities of Thun and Lucerne. The not well defined regions in Switzerland that lie on the margin of the Alps those on the north side, are called the Swiss Prealps; the Swiss Prealps are made of limestone and they do not exceed 2,500 metres.
The Alpine cantons are Valais, Graubünden, Glarus, Ticino, St. Gallen, Obwalden, Schwyz, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Fribourg and Zug; the countries with which Switzerland shares mountain ranges of the Alps are: France, Italy and Liechtenstein. The Alps are divided into two main parts, the Western Alps and Eastern Alps, whose division is along the Rhine from Lake Constance to the Splügen Pass; the western ranges occupy the greatest part of Switzerland while the more numerous eastern ranges are much smaller and are all situated in the canton of Graubünden. The latter are part of the Central Eastern Alps, except the Ortler Alps which belong to the Southern Limestone Alps; the Pennine and Bernina Range are the highest ranges of the country, they contain 38, 9 and 1 summit over 4000 metres. The lowest range is the Appenzell Alps culminating at 2,500 metres. Western Alps Eastern Alps The north side of the Swiss Alps is drained by the Rhône, Rhine and Inn while the south side is drained by the Ticino.
The rivers on the north empty into the Mediterranean and Black Sea, on the south the Po empty in the Adriatic Sea. The major triple watersheds in the Alps are located within the country, they are: Piz Lunghin, Witenwasserenstock and Monte Forcola. Between the Witenwasserenstock and Piz Lunghin runs the European Watershed separating the basin of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea; the European watershed lies in fact only on the main chain. Switzerland possesses 6% of Europe's fresh water, is sometimes referred to as the "water tower of Europe". Since the highest dams are located in Alpine regions, many large mountain lakes are artificial and are used as hydroelectric reservoirs; some large artificial lakes can be found above 2,300 m, but natural lakes larger than 1 km2 are below 1,000 m. The melting of low-altitude glaciers can generate new lakes, such as the 0.25 km2 large Triftsee which formed between 2002–2003. The following table gives the surface area above 2000 m and 3000 m and the respective percentage on the total area of each canton whose high point is above 2000 metres.
The composition of the great tectonic units reflects the history of the formation of the Alps. The rocks from the Helvetic zone on the north and the Austroalpine nappes – Southern Alps on the south come from the European and African continent respectively; the rocks of the Penninic nappes belong to the former area of the Briançonnais microcontinent and the Tethys Ocean. The closure of the latter by subduction under the African plate preceded the collision between the two plates and the so-called alpine orogeny; the major thrust fault of the Tectonic Arena Sardona in the eastern Glarus Alps gives a visible illustration of mountain-building processes and was therefore declared a UNESCO World Heritage. Another fine example gives the Alpstein area with several visible upfolds of Helvetic zone material. With some exceptions, the Alps north of Rhône and Rhine are part of the Helvetic Zone and those on the south side are part of the Penninic nappes; the Austroalpine zone concerns only the Eastern Alps, with the n
Glacier 3000 is a company that operates several cable cars and ski lifts in the region of the Diablerets in western Switzerland. It was created in 2005 and took over the assets of the bankrupt Glacier 3000 Région Les Diablerets-Gstaad S. A.. The company is now based in Gstaad; the main cable car was opened in 1964 and rebuilt in 1999. It connects the Col du Pillon from the Scex Rouge; the company operates ski lifts on the Tsanfleuron Glacier. In 2005 the rights to Glacier 3000 were bought by a triumvirate of the French businessman Jean Claude Mimran, the British businessman and Formula One Executive Bernie Ecclestone, the local Swiss property developer Marcel Bach. Official website
Canton of Vaud
The canton of Vaud is the third largest of the Swiss cantons by population and fourth by size. It is located in the French-speaking western part of the country; the capital and biggest city is Lausanne designated "Olympic Capital" by the International Olympic Committee and hosts many international sports organizations. Other main cities are Montreux; as of 2017 the canton has a population of 793,129. Along the lakes, Vaud was inhabited in prehistoric times; the Celtic tribe of the Helvetii inhabited the area. The tribe was defeated by Caesar's troops in 58 BC and as a consequence the Romans settled the area; the towns of Vevey and Lausanne are two of the many towns established by the Romans. In 27 BC the state of Civitas Helvetiorum was established around the capital of Avenches. There are still many. Between the 2nd and the 4th century the area was invaded by Alemannic tribes, in the 5th century the Burgundians occupied the area; the Merovingian Franks replaced the Burgundians. Their occupancy did not last long either, in 888 the area of the canton of Vaud was made part of the Carolingian Empire.
In 1032 the Zähringens of Germany defeated the Burgundians. The Zähringens themselves were succeeded in 1218 by the counts of Savoy, it was only under the counts of Savoy that the area was given political unity, establishing the Barony of Vaud. A part stretching from Attalens to the River Sarine, in the north, was absorbed by the canton of Fribourg; as the power of the Savoys declined at the beginning of the 15th century the land was occupied by troops from Bern. By 1536 the area was annexed. Reformation was started by co-workers of John Calvin like Pierre Viret, including a famous debate at the cathedral of Lausanne; the Bernese occupiers were not popular amongst the population. In 1723, Major Abraham Davel led a revolt against Bern, in protest at what he saw as the denial of political rights of the French-speaking Vaudois by the German-speaking Bernese, was subsequently beheaded. Inspired by the French Revolution, the Vaudois drove out the Bernese governor in 1798 and declared the Lemanic Republic.
Vaud nationalists like Frédéric-César de La Harpe had called for French intervention in liberating the area and French Revolutionary troops moved in, taking over the whole of Switzerland itself in the process and setting up the Helvetic Republic. Under Napoleon I, it became the canton of Léman. Unrest about the abolition of feudal rights and taxes led to increased discontent, which culminated in the revolt of the Bourla-papey in Spring 1802 followed by the Stecklikrieg that brought the end of the entire Helvetic Republic. In 1803, Vaud joined the re-installed Swiss confederation. In spite of Bernese attempts to reclaim Vaud, it has remained a sovereign canton since. In the 19th century, the canton of Vaud was an outspoken opponent of the Sonderbund Catholic separatist movement, which led to intervention in 1847 by 99,000 Swiss Federal troops under General Henri Dufour against 79,000 separatists, in what is called the Sonderbund War. Separation was prevented at the cost of few lives; the current constitution dates from 14 April 2003, replacing the one from 1885.
The canton stretches from Lake Neuchâtel in the north, where it borders the canton of Neuchâtel, to Lake Geneva in the south, where it borders the canton of Geneva, the French department of Haute-Savoie and the canton of Valais. In the Jura mountains in the west, the canton borders the French departments of Ain and Doubs. In the east, it borders the cantons of Bern; the total area is 3,212 square kilometres. Along with the canton of Berne, Vaud is one of the two cantons whose territory extends from the Jura to the Alps, through the three distinct geographic regions of Switzerland; the areas in the south east are mountainous. This region is named the Vaud Alps; the Diablerets massif, peaking at 3,210 metres, is the highest mountain of the canton. Other summits such as the Grand Muveran and the Tour d'Aï are visible from most of the canton; the area hosts several popular skiing destinations such as Villars, Les Diablerets and Leysin. The central area of the canton, in contrast, is hilly. There are plains along the lakes.
In the north, Avenches is in an exclave of the canton surrounded by the canton of Fribourg and Lake Neuchâtel. On the other hand, there are three enclaves of the canton of Fribourg, as well as two enclaves of the canton of Geneva, that are surrounded by the canton of Vaud; the north-western part of the canton is mountainous but in a more modest way with mountains not above 1,500 metres. The Vallée de Joux is one of the most popular destinations in the region and a centre of luxury mechanical Swiss watch manufacturing. Source: Source: ^a FDP before 2009, FDP; the Liberals after 2009 ^ b" *" indicates. ^c Part of the FDP for this election The canton of Vaud is divided into 10 districts: Aigle with capital Aigle Broye-Vully with capital Payerne Gros-de-Vaud with capital Échallens Jura-Nord vaudois with capital Yverdon
The Diablerets are a huge ice-covered mountain massif of the Alps, culminating at the Sommet des Diablerets at 3,210 metres above sea level and straddling the border between the Swiss cantons of Vaud and Valais. The northeastern part of the massif stretches into the canton of Bern; the Diablerets massif, which consists of several peaks, extends for about 10 kilometres near the western extremity of the Bernese Alps, between the two deep passes, the Cheville Pass right below the main summit to the south, the Sanetsch/Sénin Pass to the east. The mountain is covered by two distinct glaciers, the largest being the Tsanfleuron Glacier and the highest being the Diablerets Glacier; the main summit is the highest point in the canton of Vaud. In the latter canton, the mountain has given its name to the nearby village and resort of Les Diablerets, which lies on the north side of the massif. On the south side the mountain overlooks the valley of Derborence. Along with the Muverans, the Wildhorn and the Wildstrubel, the Diablerets are one of the four distinct and glaciated massifs of the Bernese Alps that lie between the Rhone elbow and the Gemmi Pass.
The main section of the mountain, between the cantons of Vaud and Valais, is part of the Rhone basin, through the rivers Grande Eau and Lizerne. The easternmost part of the massif, that lies in the canton of Bern, is part of the Rhine basin, through the river Sarine; the Oldehore is the tripoint of the three cantons of Vaud and Bern, several of the peaks have a German as well as a French name. The main peaks of the massif are, from west to east: the Culan at the western end of the massif, the Tête Ronde 800 meters west of the main summit, the Sommet des Diablerets, Le Dôme east of the main summit and between the two glaciers, the Sex Rouge and the Oldehorn/Becca d'Audon across the Tsanfleuron Glacier, the Sentschore/Mont Brun further to the northeast. Notable is the tower-like peak of the Quille du Diable that overlooks Derborence from the edge of the Tsanfleuron plateau; the two largest glaciers on the massif are both on the Valais side. They form a single inclined plane towards the east, although they are separated by the rocky summit of Le Dôme, which lies just east of the main summit.
They are not steep the Tsanfleuron Glacier, as the rock strata are close to horizontal. The smaller and higher Diablerets Glacier, however, is much wilder than the Tsanfleuron Glacier as it is steeper and more crevassed; the Tsanfleuron plateau, between Le Dôme and the Sanetsch Pass is only glaciated. Below 2,600 m is a large karst zone, called Lapis de Tsanfleuron and covering an area of about 8 square kilometres. Along with the Culan, the Tête Ronde, the Scex Rouge, the main summit forms an amphitheatre of limestone cliffs with numerous water falls, surrounding the valley of Creux de Champ and overlooking the village of Les Diablerets from a height of over 2,000 metres; the height of the north wall is its bottom lying at 1,600 metres. As with other mountains on the crest of the Bernese Alps, the slopes of the Diablerets experience different types of climate depending on their location: the northern slopes are cooler and wetter while the southern slopes are drier and warmer. Forests are found up to up to 2,000 metres on the south side.
Further south in Valais, on the slopes of Mont Gond, vineyards are very common below 1000 metres, but absent on the north side. There, alpine pastures dominate the landscape, as in many other areas of the northern Alpine foothills. Since 1964, an aerial tramway connects the Scex Rouge from the Col du Pillon, 4 kilometres east of the village of Les Diablerets; the Tsanfleuron Glacier accessible from the Scex Rouge mountain station, has become part of a large ski area with several ski lifts on it, culminating at nearly 3,000 metres, that goes by the commercial name of Glacier 3000. The area is popular in summer for the snow hikes on the glacier; the summits of Le Dôme and Oldenhorn can be reached in a few hours from the station. The Peak Walk, a 107m suspension bridge to Scex Rouge from the peak at the top of the lift station, was constructed as a tourist attraction in 2014; the main summit, although not distant from the Scex Rouge station, can not be reached as it involves the crossing of the much-crevassed Diablerets Glacier, though it is accessible to more intrepid hikers.
Administratively, le Sommet des Diablerets is shared between the municipalities of Conthey, Ormont-Dessus and Bex. List of mountains of Vaud List of mountains of Valais List of mountains of Switzerland List of most isolated mountains of Switzerland Media related to Les Diablerets at Wikimedia Commons Diablerets on summitpost Diablerets on Hikr Official web site of the ski resort Official web site of the Glacier 3000 ski region
Railways came to the Chablais area of Vaud and Valais in 1857 when the Lausanne – Simplon railway opened its line through Aigle. This was to act as the catalyst for other projects in the late 19th century which were designed to link the valley floor with communities in the mountains; the first scheme, which pre-dated the coming of the railway, was to link Aigle to Le Sepey by road. This opened in 1840 and services were provided by stagecoach. Aigle's railway station is still served by the trains of the Swiss Federal Railways but those of three, narrow-gauge railways: the Aigle-Ollon-Monthey-Champéry, the Aigle - Leysin and the Aigle-Le Sépey-Diablerets. On 24 October 1898 both Houses of the Swiss Parliament approved a concession application by the ASD to build and operate a railway between Aigle, Le Sépey and Leysin. Nine months both Houses of the Swiss Parliament awarded a concession for a railway, not only linking Aigle, Le Sépey and Leysin but beyond, to Les Diablerets and Saanen. However, following a new series of projects and concession applications, on 23 May 1905 the Berne Government approved the construction of a line between Aigle, Le Sépey and Les Diablerets on the left bank of the Grande Eau.
The Federal Council accepted the railway's articles of incorporation on 28 February 1911. On 6 July 1914 the last section of the line to Vers l'Eglise and Les Diablerets was completed and the following day Berne issued a permit to operate the entire line between Aigle and Les Diablerets; the ASD put forward many railway projects in the early 20th century: a link with Gstaad via the Col du Pillon, connections with Chesières and Villars forming part of a grand Boulevard des Alpes linking Interlaken with Chamonix. Another project, like the previous examples, which met with fierce opposition, involved a link between Gryon and the highest point at Les Diablerets at an elevation of more than 3000 m; the line is built to 1,000 mm gauge and has a length of 22.33 km with power, at 1500 V d.c. supplied by the Société des Forces Motrices de la Grande Eau from its plant at Pont de la Tine. Its lowest elevation is at the station at Aigle, 404 m above sea level, rising to 1,157 m at Les Diablerets Station, a total climb of 753 m.
The night of 26 June 1940 was the worst in the history of the ASD when a fire destroyed its depot. Not only were the railway's facilities destroyed but three electric railcars and 4 passenger cars were lost. Following the tragedy there was speculation. However, a decision was made to save and restore as much as possible and, in addition, ASD was able to lease rolling stock from other companies in order to ensure the continuation of the service. At the same time, a Westinghouse system replaced the existing braking equipment so enabling the rolling stock to travel on the Chemin de fer Aigle-Ollon-Monthey-Champéry line. In 1975 the four local railway companies, Aigle-Leysin; this brought about increased co-operation between the companies in the provision of community-based services. In 1985, the Federal Government informed ASD, other operated railways, that it would cease all funding the following year, however they renewed a federal concession for a further period of 50 years. An agreement was signed between the Canton of Vaud, the communities served by the railway and the ASD and its partners to renew rolling stock and upgrade the track.
In the mid-1990s, faced with increased operating costs, the Canton of Vaud and the communities served by the railway petitioned the Federal Government to revoke its 1985 decision. The Federal Government did so and in 1996, recognizing the importance of this regional line as a public transportation carrier, awarded the line with a contract to provide a public transportation service; this brought about, in 2000, the founding of Transports Publics du Chablais as the parent body of local public transportation with the four local railway companies as founding members. Details of investment in the TPC railway lines since 2000 can be found on the Transports Publics du Chablais site. Details from official stock lists, May 2006. Railcars, Class "Bde4/4" Driving Trailers, Class "Bt" and "Arst" Non-Driving Trailers, class "B2"/"B2r", "Ars" and "By"Abbreviations: ACMV: Ateliers de constructions mécaniques de Vevey BBC: Brown, Boveri & Cie. Notes: Coach returned from Chemin de fer de La Mure. Media related to Aigle-Sépey-Diablerets railway line at Wikimedia Commons