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Old March 30th, 2015, 03:31 AM   #981
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There IS talk off and on of doing electrification of some of the major American freight lines. And yes, they would still be hauling double-stack.
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Old March 30th, 2015, 06:02 AM   #982
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There IS talk off and on of doing electrification of some of the major American freight lines. And yes, they would still be hauling double-stack.
It would have to be at Euro Tunnel height... SEPTA's West Trenton lines is high enough for Double Stack Freight trains.
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Old March 30th, 2015, 05:37 PM   #983
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Weekly update

Only three metres left to excavate in the south east tube of the Ceneri Base Tunnel as at Fri 27 Mar.
South bound

Meanwhile in the North bound direction, I see that the miners have started excavating the north east tube in both directions from cross passage six.

Since the north east tube has fallen behind the north west tube by over 400 metres (and roughly ten weeks of excavation time), this is a good idea to help it catch up and match the west.

It also gives the now redundant South bound miners and equipment some work to do again.
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Old March 30th, 2015, 07:16 PM   #984
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... they scrap the corners on the round top of the tunnels, like this example in the USA, or a combination of both systems. The difference of the roof shape, round or flat, also explain why on some routes double deck trains are allowed, but intermodals not.

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This seems like a "locus minoris resistentiae" in the top of the tunnel.
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Old March 30th, 2015, 08:19 PM   #985
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This seems like a "locus minoris resistentiae" in the top of the tunnel.
Thought this forum was English, not Latin.

Please explain what you mean.
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Old March 30th, 2015, 09:03 PM   #986
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This Latin phrase means "a place of less resistance" according to my research. I prefer the Latin.
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Old March 30th, 2015, 10:07 PM   #987
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Second breakthrough to the south

Press release (in Italian)

It states there will be one open day for 2015, at Sigirino. This is the same location as the Sep 2014 open day.
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Old March 31st, 2015, 03:11 PM   #988
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Thought this forum was English, not Latin.

Please explain what you mean.
Sorry, I used medical terminology. I thought this phrase was known by the most.
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 08:55 PM   #989
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NEAT will be 300 Millions below budget.

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Neat ist 300 Millionen günstiger geworden

Das hat Seltenheitswert: Infrastrukturprojekte mit Tunnels, die weniger kosten als geplant. Doch die neue Eisenbahn-Alpentransversalen (Neat) ist auf dem besten Weg dazu.
http://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/neat-...tiger-geworden
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Old April 2nd, 2015, 09:25 PM   #990
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The second tube in the southern direction has also been broken through.

http://www.srf.ch/news/schweiz/weite...-ceneri-tunnel
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Old April 4th, 2015, 02:34 AM   #991
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Once the NEAT is completed, will the special taxes imposed for its funding be revoked?
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Old April 4th, 2015, 11:10 AM   #992
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Voters in the 1990s approved the truck tax to finance a 31.5 billion CHF rail fund (including Rail 2000) (but with 1/3 of the tax going to cantons), I don't know if the government at that time already decided how to do with this tax after the program was finished, however on 9.2.2014 voters decided to expand this fund keeping it forever (instead just for the time necessary to build what was then planned), including the truck tax.

This rail fund has now changed name, and as before 9.2.2014 it has other soruces as well (0.1% VAT, for instance). This fund should last forever, with a new group of projects worth ~4 to 6 billion each approved every 4 to 5 years. A similar funding concept is being prepared for roads, too.
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This fund should last forever, with a new group of projects worth ~4 to 6 billion each approved every 4 to 5 years.
That should allow for some pretty big projects to go ahead then. Are there any more base tunnels being given any serious consideration in Switzerland?
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That should allow for some pretty big projects to go ahead then. Are there any more base tunnels being given any serious consideration in Switzerland?
the only tunnel under consideration that you could qualify as a "base tunnel" is the Wissemberg tunnel, which will run from Liestal to Olten, adding capacity on the Basel - Olten line. It's still open when that will be build.

For the next 10-20 years the emphasis will be on increasing capacity, not so much increasing speed or creating new links.
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Old April 24th, 2015, 09:59 PM   #995
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There are also chances that the Zimmerberg Base Tunnel will be built soon (in Swiss terms, that means in the next 20 years or so).

PS it's Wisenberg, not Wissemberg.
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Old April 25th, 2015, 01:08 AM   #996
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If Switzerland is anything like New Zealand, it takes longer here to go through the planning and consent stages than it does to actually build any new infrastructure now days.
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If Switzerland is anything like New Zealand, it takes longer here to go through the planning and consent stages than it does to actually build any new infrastructure now days.
As a well-read American, let me say that that's pretty much the global norm nowadays. It can be 7-10 years for planning and 2-3 for construction.
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Old April 25th, 2015, 06:07 AM   #998
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I think it's still in plans to fit out another 1/3 of second tube of Loetschberg base tunnel.
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If Switzerland is anything like New Zealand, it takes longer here to go through the planning and consent stages than it does to actually build any new infrastructure now days.
Well, in Switzerland they take their time when it comes to planning. Big infrastructure projects are planned decades ahead. The planning for "Bahn 2000" which culminated in the new timetable for 2004 already started in the 60ies.
Right now the timetable for 2025 is already in planning...

But once something is planned, it is followed through. Not like in some countries that with every change of government (something Switzerland doesn't really have) many projects the previous government planned get put on ice or thrown out...
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Old May 27th, 2015, 07:58 AM   #1000
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Ceneri Base Tunnel north bound progress as at 22 May 2015

They're making steady progress here. 1229 metres left to excavate in the west tube, only 13 metres left to join the two east tube sections.

The west tube is currently at cross passage #5. There are passages 5, 4, 3 and 2 left to excavate.
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