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Old February 8th, 2012, 09:42 PM   #521
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Merchandise rail transport increased in 2010 by 2%, compared to a decrease of -14% in 2009 due to the economic crisis.

The percentage of rail transport amounts to 40% of total land transportation, versus 18% as the EU average. However, its share of transit transport reaches 70%.

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Old February 16th, 2012, 09:26 AM   #522
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The Castione-Cama railway, once linking Bellinzona TI with Mesocco GR as part of the Rhätische Bahn but now used only by touristic trains, will probably close at the end of 2013
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Old February 16th, 2012, 12:50 PM   #523
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well all those riiiiiiich folk around locarno/lugano should chip in maybe?
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Old February 16th, 2012, 02:01 PM   #524
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What?
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Old February 16th, 2012, 05:37 PM   #525
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cant they fund it from charity?
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Old February 16th, 2012, 06:20 PM   #526
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cant they fund it from charity?
Maybe, but it takes a lot of money to operate a touristic railway. And the locals are unlikely to use it, so what is the point of keeping it open with local charity money? It is one of those things you ride once in a lifetime and that is it.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 09:15 PM   #527
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It is not a problem of money as the railway covers its costs, but of lack of will of local residents. They want to build things like small public parks and so replacing the tracks, but throwing away a railway that carries (without any cost to locals inhabitants) tourists in a valley without much touristic or industrial attraction doesn't seem a smart idea to me. Even restaurants which receive one or two trains of tourists on summer's Sundays don't seem bothering loosing clients.

The railway has been used until 2003 or so for freight traffic until a (small) heavy industry closed down, that's why it is still usable and cheap to operate.
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Old February 26th, 2012, 10:31 PM   #528
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Ferrovia Mesolcinese (ex Rhätische Bahn), 1907-2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2PMO-7HZLI
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Old February 28th, 2012, 09:05 AM   #529
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Montreux - Rochers de Naye railway, 27th May 2007

This point isn't really high,around 2000 m/6000 ft.



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Old March 3rd, 2012, 09:59 AM   #530
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New narrow gauge trains are often delivered using standard gauge wagons carrying narrow gauge tracks on top, as can be seen here: http://zentralbahn.ch/sites/default/...0160%20001.pdf

The inverse is also possible, with standard gauge vehicles being carried on narrow gauge wagons: http://www.drehscheibe-foren.de/fore...hp?106,5798739 (fourth photo)

A similar system, derived from the Swiss one, is used to carry standard gauge high speed trains on broad gauge lines in Spain.
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 10:48 PM   #531
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New Regional Express trainsets from Stadler Rail

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Brandnew doubledeck trainset RABe 511 101 from Stadler Rail for the SBB on the very first day out on the line. The SBB will get 24 of this 4 car trainsets for Regional Express service on different lines, for example Lausanne-Geneva, Zürich-Bülach-Schaffhausen, Olten-Burgdorf-Bern, Zürich-Brugg-Basel etc.




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I'm horrified by the lack of track segregation with fences. The train looks nice.
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Swiss are (usually) not so stupid to cross tracks outside level crossings. I have nearly never seen people doing that, although some accidents happen (mostly in stations, where it is not so easy to build fences).
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Old March 4th, 2012, 06:18 PM   #536
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Fences outside of urban areas lead to habitat fragmentation and should be avoided if not necessary.
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To be fair, here in Holland were Suburbanist also lives all railway lines have fences at places where there is a road or even a footpath close-by. Although many railway are are already segregated by water, even if it's just a small ditch with water. You really don't pay any notice to it until you see foreign lines like the one in the picture where you can just walk onto the tracks.
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To be fair, here in Holland were Suburbanist also lives all railway lines have fences at places where there is a road or even a footpath close-by.
Thas is more or less the point I want to make. A water body (ditch) is effectively a barrier for humans, animals, vehicles, at least the steep ones that are typical of Netherlands.
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Fences outside of urban areas lead to habitat fragmentation and should be avoided if not necessary.
Birds can easily fly.

Land animals should use wildlife tunnels and the like. Collisions between animals and trains should be avoided. Even a small mammal hitting a train creates disturbance on the schedule, and might damage the front of the train.

God forbids a train collides with a cow!
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I've never seen a cow wondering around a railway line in an unfenced enclosure, and I'm sure that does not happen, at least not around anything faster than a cog railway
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