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Old June 2nd, 2009, 09:33 PM   #261
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great, east tunnel,s Ertsfeld TBM work again, remain 33 m for breaktrough (see link posted above)
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Old June 4th, 2009, 10:32 PM   #262
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Status of Work on the Gotthard and Ceneri

02.06.2009

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As of June 1, 2009, of the total of 153.3 km of tunnels, galleries and passages of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, 133 km, or 86.78 %, had been excavated. The total amount driven in May 2009 was 2091 m.

Work on the Ceneri Base Tunnel is proceeding at full speed. On the north portal at Camorino/Vigana, as well as on the south portal at Lugano/Vezia, preparation work is in progress. At Sigirino, following breakthrough of the window adit, final work in the logistics cavern is in progress.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 10:45 PM   #263
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why did they close the trolley system in Lugano?
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Old June 4th, 2009, 11:23 PM   #264
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They said that they hadn't the money to replace trolleybuses and old parts of overhead wires (about 30 to 50 million € all included). But they found 200 millions for a road tunnel and other road infrastructures. The local authorities are now planning a tramway, but there is no money at the moment.
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Old June 4th, 2009, 11:30 PM   #265
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i think trolley buses should be used much more, especially considering 0 emissions

one of the reasons i like swiss small towns is that a lot of them have / had .. trolleybuses


anyway, great progress on gotthard :o
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Old June 12th, 2009, 04:54 PM   #266
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The east TBM of the Erstfeld-Amsteg section is stopped 23 m before the end of its section of tunnel since a few days. It will wait here until the 16th June, because the event will be broadcasted live by the Swiss televison.

The west TBM has still 1,4 km to excavate.
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Old June 12th, 2009, 07:32 PM   #267
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SF needs 4 days to roll up to broadast?
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Old June 12th, 2009, 08:19 PM   #268
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Old June 16th, 2009, 01:04 PM   #269
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Successful Breakthrough: Federal Councillor Leuenberger Congratulates

15.06.2009

Just before 12 noon today, the tunnel boring machine Gabi 1 broke through the last metres of rock between Erstfeld and Amsteg. By covering a distance of 7.2 kilometres in only 18 months the machine arrived in Amsteg half a year earlier than planned. At the construction site, Federal Councillor Moritz Leuenberger congratulated the tunnel constructors on this outstanding achievement.

In his speech, Federal Councillor Leuenberger showed that he was highly impressed by the efficient progress on construction, and expressed his thanks to everyone involved, especially the tunnellers. With the construction of the NRLA, Switzerland can prove to Europe that it belongs to Europe, because Switzerland is building the longest railway tunnel in the world for Europe with Europeans. Not only is the NRLA central to the Swiss policy of transferring traffic from road to rail, Europe also admires Switzerland for expanding its railway infrastructure so uncompromisingly, said Leuenberger.

Renzo Simoni, CEO of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd, expressed great delight at the breakthrough. "The breakthrough is a further important milestone in the construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel", said Simoni.

With a ceremony on December 4, 2007, the tunnel boring machine started driving southwards from Erstfeld. Eighteen months later, and half a year earlier than planned, the tunnel boring machine reached its destination at Amsteg. Breakthrough of the tunnel was achieved with great accuracy, the deviation of 4 mm horizontally and 8 mm vertically was minimal.

AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd is very satisfied with the achievements on the construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. With the breakthrough between Erstfeld und Amsteg, the second-to-last of the total of five sections celebrated its breakthrough. Of the 153.5 km of the tunnel system under the Gotthard, 133 km or 87 percent have now been excavated. According to the construction programme, the final breakthrough between Sedrun and Faido will take place at the beginning of 2011.

The celebrations in the tunnel were broadcast live on Swiss television. The general public have the opportunity to view work on the Gotthard Base Tunnel on site at the Construction Site Open Day in Sedrun on Saturday, June 20, 2009.
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Old June 16th, 2009, 06:11 PM   #270
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http://www.sf.tv/sfwissen/dossier.php?docid=10238
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Old June 17th, 2009, 05:22 AM   #271
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Congratulations Switzerland!!

Your country will benefit greatly by having fast rail connections to the rest of Europe. Now it is time to extend LGV Rhin-Rhone to Basel and Zurich!!
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Old June 17th, 2009, 11:00 AM   #272
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Congratulations Switzerland!!

Your country will benefit greatly by having fast rail connections to the rest of Europe. Now it is time to extend LGV Rhin-Rhone to Basel and Zurich!!


I have a feeling that the swiss will build the so called 'Swissmetro' before that!

They just CANT STOP digging tunnels
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Old June 18th, 2009, 04:49 AM   #273
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Congratulations Switzerland!!

Your country will benefit greatly by having fast rail connections to the rest of Europe. Now it is time to extend LGV Rhin-Rhone to Basel and Zurich!!
And probably have German ICE lines be HS into Switzerland, along with Italian connections upto the tunnel.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 02:04 PM   #274
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I couldnt find an SBB thread, so here it goes:

how much do you adore this loco? how much do you love SBB / the swiss for this?




just so you know, they are replacing this loco series, which was built in 1932
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Old June 27th, 2009, 01:24 AM   #275
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They just CANT STOP digging tunnels
Hey, if anyone's going to pull off a project like this, it's the Swiss!
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Old June 27th, 2009, 10:03 AM   #276
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Your country will benefit greatly by having fast rail connections to the rest of Europe. Now it is time to extend LGV Rhin-Rhone to Basel and Zurich!!
Ja, schoen waere es! (Transl.: Nice dream!)

I don't think fast rail connections to the rest of Europe is in the cards for the Swiss - unfortunately. So far they have spent zillions on improving the connections between the north and the south of their own country. Ultimately those two NEAT projects (Loetschberg & Gotthard) were about providing transit routes between northern Italy and the Rhine valley to stop the alpine routes from suffocating from lorries. But...

...I'm not aware of any fast routes being built or even planned across borders. I'll be happy to learn otherwise if someone knows something. South of Lugano the Italians are in no hurry (and one can hardly blame them: they have dozens of domestic HS priorities) to link Gotthard up highspeed with Milan - or, for that matter, Loetschberg via Domodossola. The "French connection" Paris-Geneva is going to get sped up in two years' time, but through the reactivation of an old mountain railroad shaving 62 km of the route - not because of cross-border HS links. The Paris-Basle connection via the new Rhin-Rhone line that you mention will ultimately end in Mulhouse - not Basle - and the first phase of the project will extend only to Belfort.

The most promising alley, in my view, is the German upgrades plus certain, short newly built stretches of the the Rhine valley railroad. Ultimately it will allow trains to travel at speeds of 200-250 km/h the entire way between Basle and Karlsruhe. (Unfortunately, this being Germany, the work takes forever...) One beautiful day the Swiss will wake up and find out that they ARE in dire need of yet another long tunnel. Because when the rail freight (and, to a lesser extent, passengers) swoop down the Rhine at top speeds and continue under the Alps at top speeds then there will be a significant bottleneck south of Basle in the Jura hills. Plans to deal with this through a new "Wisenberg" tunnel have so far faltered because Swiss parliamentary populists want to use any new railway investment to benefit the local communities rather than transit. But... they'll soon need to get cracking, or else!
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Old July 3rd, 2009, 12:39 PM   #277
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As of July 1, 2009, of the total of 151.84 km of tunnels, galleries and passages of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, 134.8 km, or 88.8 %, had been excavated. The total amount driven in June 2009 was 1735 m.

Work on the Ceneri Base Tunnel is proceeding at full speed. On the north portal at Camorino/Vigana, as well as on the south portal at Lugano/Vezia, preparation work is in progress. At Sigirino, following breakthrough of the window adit, final work in the logistics cavern is in progress.

Northern portal of the Ceneri Base Tunnel:

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what is the change to pass from a total of 153.3 km to 151.84 km ?
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I don't know. I posed myself the same question.
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Record: 56 meters in 24 hours between Erstfeld and Amsteg.

Erstfeld: Gabi 2 auf Rekordfahrt
20.07.2009

Rasanter Endspurt der Tunnelbohrmaschine Gabi 2 zwischen Erstfeld und Amsteg: am Sonntag 19. Juli 2009 fuhr die Tunnelbohrmaschine in der Weströhre innerhalb von 24 Stunden nicht weniger als 56 Meter auf – eine einmalige Leistung beim Bau des Gotthard-Basistunnels.

Die Tunnelbohrmaschine West hat in der Zwischenzeit 6'616 m oder 92.6 % aufgefahren. Es fehlen noch rund 531 m bis zum Durchschlag, der im Herbst 2009 stattfindet.
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