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Update January 2013:

The "prosurf" interface has been shutdown by SBB, see this Twitter discussion.

This Perl script pushes updates on delays of Swiss trains directly to your iPhone. The delays are grabbed from http://prosurf.sbb.ch. sbb2prowl.pl uses Apple's push notification framework taking advantage of the marvelous Prowl service and its iPhone client.

Sample Incident

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Please use this script carefully as it may incur heavy traffic on SBB's system which is currently free to use.



  1. Satisfy all the above dependencies and create a YAML file for configuration.

  2. Go to http://prosurf.sbb.ch and identify the URLs of those stations you are interested in (like your primary stations for commuting).

I usually commute from Zurich HB. From http://prosurf.sbb.ch/ I figure, that this station has the URL http://prosurf.sbb.ch/pros/inter/prosurfservlet?TRANSACTION=004&LANGUAGE=d&PBP=ZUE&DIRECTION=2. You may choose any language (German, French, Italian, English).

  1. For each station, identify the final destination of the train you are interested in. You might specify several destinations per station.

I'm looking for trains going to "Basel SBB" and "Bern".

  1. Enter the collected information in the YAML file (see sample file). If you have more than one final destinations, seperate them with a vertical bar "|".


  Zuerich HB:
    terminus: Basel SBB|Bern
    station_url: http://prosurf.sbb.ch/pros/inter/prosurfservlet?TRANSACTION=004&LANGUAGE=d&PBP=ZUE&DIRECTION=2
  1. With a valid in API key in the YAML file and test the script

    perl sbb2prowl.pl sample.yml

Sample YAML file

  1. If you are satisfied with how everything works, you may put it in your crontab (on Linux machines):

    /10 * * * /path/to/sbb2prowl.pl mycfg.yml >>/path/to/crontab.log 2>>/path/to/crontab-error.log



none since V0.1


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Last modification: Di 19. Mär 13:38:07 CET 2013

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