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Old June 1st, 2016, 05:04 PM   #1161
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Old June 1st, 2016, 05:07 PM   #1162
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"Made in Germany"?

First Italy, now Germany want to claim the GBT as theirs...
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Old June 1st, 2016, 06:32 PM   #1163
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It's done! The Gotthard Base Tunnel is now officially opened!

Some pictures of the online newspaper 20min.ch http://www.20min.ch/finance/news/sto...sse---13833396











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Old June 1st, 2016, 07:39 PM   #1164
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Old June 3rd, 2016, 02:24 PM   #1166
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Did anyone else notice something weird with that video?

The train enters the GBT from the northern portal at Erstfeld via the left tube (as Swiss trains normally travel on the left hand side of a double track line). The video footage inside the tunnel shows all of the green emergency doors that are used to escape to the other other tube on the left hand side. If the train is in the left tube, they should all be on the right hand side.
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Old June 3rd, 2016, 03:52 PM   #1167
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SBB to launch Frankfurt - Milan services next year
Friday, June 03, 2016



SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) has announced plans to launch a new Frankfurt - Milan service next year in cooperation with both Trenitalia and German Rail (DB)

The services will be operated using the SBB-owned, Alstom-built ETR610/RABe 503 Pendolino EMU fleet.

The northbound services will be routed via Lötschberg Base Tunnel and Bern, returning south via Lucerne and the Gotthard Base tunnel

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Old June 4th, 2016, 02:11 AM   #1168
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http://www.railpictures.net/photo/578550/
Georg Trüb, June 01, 2016, Pollegio
On 1st June, the world's longest railway tunnel was officially inaugurated, the 57 kilometer long Gotthard Base Tunnel through the Alps from Erstfeld to Bodio. The very first train which ran from north to south was this Intercity tilt train ICN (2 trainsets in multiple), which brought about 700 people who got a free ticket through a lottery to Pollegio near Bodio. At 12.49 the train is leaving the east bore, accompanied by some fireworks.





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This is the first train for politicians and officials, "VIP 2" from Zürich, which is leaving the east bore at 14.06, bringing the guests from the north to Pollegio. In this train, among many others, traveled the leaders from Germany, Angela Merkel, from France, François Hollande, from Italy, Matteo Renzi, from Austria, Christian Kern and the Swiss Bundesräte Johann Schneider-Ammann, Alain Berset, Guy Parmelin and Didier Burkhalter. The locomotive is Re 460 # 098 with special paint scheme "Gottardo 2016", which pulled 13 first and second class cars including cab car and a radio measuring car (for a optimized transfer of all data). On the right you can see the temporary platform, which was built for this event (and for the large public event on the weekend 4th/5th June).





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Guests who travelled through the tunnel in the "VIP 2" train are moving in Pollegio in front of the operating center sud of the SBB, from where the whole Gotthard line is supervised, dispatched and operated. In front of the building a cab maquette of the "Giruno" train from Stadler Rail. The SBB ordered 29 of this high speed trains mainly for the traffic through the GBT.
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Old June 4th, 2016, 03:35 AM   #1169
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It's done! The Gotthard Base Tunnel is now officially opened!

Some pictures of the online newspaper 20min.ch http://www.20min.ch/finance/news/sto...sse---13833396







Dr. Merkel was asking how to build a mega-project on time, on budget as well? Flugfhafen Berlin-Brandenburg...
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Old June 4th, 2016, 08:25 AM   #1170
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The first "commercial" train passed throught the GBT yesterday at 9.20 am local time. It was pubblicized as being a commercial train, but in reality is still a work train. It transports gravel used to produce concrete for the lining of the Ceneri Base Tunnel. And obviously they assigned to it one of the commemorative locos.

Note that it has only one locomotive, not two as when it runs on the mountain route.

Source of the photo: http://www.cdt.ch/svizzera/cronaca/1...lleria-di-base



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Did anyone else notice something weird with that video?

The train enters the GBT from the northern portal at Erstfeld via the left tube (as Swiss trains normally travel on the left hand side of a double track line). The video footage inside the tunnel shows all of the green emergency doors that are used to escape to the other other tube on the left hand side. If the train is in the left tube, they should all be on the right hand side.
Well done, I didn't notice that. Either it has been taken by another train some time earlier, either it has been taken from the rear cab of the same train and then played reversed.

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In this train, among many others, traveled the leaders from Germany, Angela Merkel, from France, François Hollande, from Italy, Matteo Renzi, from Austria, Christian Kern and the Swiss Bundesräte Johann Schneider-Ammann, Alain Berset, Guy Parmelin and Didier Burkhalter.
Didi they forget the prime minister of Liechtenstein? Every head of government of each country bordering Switzerland was invited, no matter how tiny it is!
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Old June 4th, 2016, 09:13 AM   #1171
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Didi they forget the prime minister of Liechtenstein? Every head of government of each country bordering Switzerland was invited, no matter how tiny it is!
Erm, Hollande is NOT a head of government!

Did they invite Liechtenstein´s prime minister or prince?
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Old June 4th, 2016, 11:01 AM   #1172
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Old June 4th, 2016, 04:54 PM   #1173
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The opening ceremony - a horror and shame. Slaveholder (in coaches), the servants of the devil, Lucifer, scary angel. This is our future? My opinion - it is today's times.
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Old June 4th, 2016, 07:11 PM   #1174
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Finally officially open, can't wait to use it next year!

Cocodrillo: thanks for the time tables, but they are really difficult to read for a non-specialist. Can you tell me how many trains a day and what kind will go from Basel to Ticino via the new tunnel and via the old line from next year and how travel times via the new tunnel compares with the old route?
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Old June 5th, 2016, 11:20 PM   #1175
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There will be 3 passenger trains every 2 hours in the base tunnel (of which 1 every 3 will be to Milan), and one per hour on the old line.

For instance, from Zürich to Lugano the pattern will be 11.09, 11.32, 12.09, not on 12.32, 13.09, 13.32, 14.09, not on 14.32, etc.

They will save around 33 minutes compared to today to Lugano and more to Milano (from 4h03 to 3h26, minus 37 minutes). The difference is due to the fact that there are time buffers placed along the route to absorb delays caused by the many ongoing works. Final saving in 2020 with the CBT will be around 45' to Lugano and 60' to Milano. Again, the difference is due to the different placement of buffer tiems compared to today.

However, from Basel to Lugano there will officially be only one train per hour, as the connection in Zürich for some trains will be too short (arrival from Basel at xx.26, departure to Lugano at xx.32). This is due to some other trains, that forbid trains from leaving at xx.39 instead of xx.32. This also means that also from Bern the connection will be missed by trains leaving at xx.32 from Zürich.

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A press release gives some numbers about the festivities: http://www.ffs.ch/gruppo/media/comun...-6-0506_1.html

80.000 people have visited the four sites on place, and around 35.000 traveled through the GBT, likely returning on the old line. This number does not include regular passengers, which used the trains just to go to their destinations, and not visiting the GBT.

On average, 9.000 passengers cross the Gotthard tunnel on regular trains every day. Before the advent of cars and low cost airlines (~1970s/1980s), there were around twice as much.

I have been yesterday on the second northbound train, the fourth of the day considering all trains (the first southbound was at 8.44, the first northbound much later at 10.05). It didn't run at full speed, which was good as this allowed to see the two safety stations and the crossover caverns, which were lit (during normal operations ligths will not be on).

A total of 240 special passenger trains have run these two days, of which around 100 through the GBT, the others on the summit line.

Many modern and historic vehicles were on show, as Erstfeld is one of the depots housing SBB Historic vehicles. Together with Biasca depot there is a plan to build a sort of living railway museum, with regular trips with historic trains on the old line.

The buildings and yards used as a base for workers and equipments were partly reused to host visitors, but they will now be dismantled.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 11:37 PM   #1176
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However, from Basel to Lugano there will officially be only one train per hour, as the connection in Zürich for some trains will be too short (arrival from Basel at xx.26, departure to Lugano at xx.32). This is due to some other trains, that forbid trains from leaving at xx.39 instead of xx.32.
Are we talking here about a direct connection like the current once in 2 hours ICN Basel-Lugano stopping in Olten, Luzern, Arth-Goldau and Bellinzona or is it via Zurich only? Basel-Locarno direct trains stay as IR and via the old line, right?
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Are we talking here about a direct connection like the current once in 2 hours ICN Basel-Lugano stopping in Olten, Luzern, Arth-Goldau and Bellinzona or is it via Zurich only?
This will remain as now. Every 2 hours a direct train, every 2 hours an IR with a connection in Arth Goldau to Lugano (or Milano) giving exactly the same travel time for Basel-Lugano.

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Basel-Locarno direct trains stay as IR and via the old line, right?
No, Basel-Locarno IR trains will now end in Erstfeld. There they will have a timetabled connection with another train going to Bellinzona (sometimes to Lugano or Milano). Locarno will loose all its long distance trains (which toaday are the IR to Basel and Zürich).
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Old June 6th, 2016, 05:13 AM   #1178
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There will be 3 passenger trains every 2 hours in the base tunnel (of which 1 every 3 will be to Milan), and one per hour on the old line.

For instance, from Zürich to Lugano the pattern will be 11.09, 11.32, 12.09, not on 12.32, 13.09, 13.32, 14.09, not on 14.32, etc.

They will save around 33 minutes compared to today to Lugano and more to Milano (from 4h03 to 3h26, minus 37 minutes). The difference is due to the fact that there are time buffers placed along the route to absorb delays caused by the many ongoing works. Final saving in 2020 with the CBT will be around 45' to Lugano and 60' to Milano. Again, the difference is due to the different placement of buffer times compared to today.

However, from Basel to Lugano there will officially be only one train per hour, as the connection in Zürich for some trains will be too short (arrival from Basel at xx.26, departure to Lugano at xx.32). This is due to some other trains, that forbid trains from leaving at xx.39 instead of xx.32. This also means that also from Bern the connection will be missed by trains leaving at xx.32 from Zürich.
Are most of these works planned to be completed by the time the CBT opens in 2020?

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I have been yesterday on the second northbound train, the fourth of the day considering all trains (the first southbound was at 8.44, the first northbound much later at 10.05). It didn't run at full speed, which was good as this allowed to see the two safety stations and the crossover caverns, which were lit (during normal operations lights will not be on).
How was the trip after all these years of waiting for the tunnel to open?

How long did the journey take, given it wasn't at full speed?
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This will remain as now. Every 2 hours a direct train, every 2 hours an IR with a connection in Arth Goldau to Lugano (or Milano) giving exactly the same travel time for Basel-Lugano.
Via GBT or as now via the old line? Actually what kind of traffic will remain on the old line as of next year?


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No, Basel-Locarno IR trains will now end in Erstfeld. There they will have a timetabled connection with another train going to Bellinzona (sometimes to Lugano or Milano). Locarno will loose all its long distance trains (which today are the IR to Basel and Zürich).
Why not keep them as is via the old line?
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Old June 6th, 2016, 07:10 PM   #1180
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On the weekend 4th and 5th June there was a big public event, as Cocodrillo said with more than 80'000 people visiting. I have been there as well, and I can say it waws perfectly organized.

Shuttle trains through the GBT ran every 20 minutes from the morning to the evening, there were connecting post buses every few minutes from the tunnel portals in Rynächt (north portal) and Pollegio (south portal) to the railway stations in Erstfeld and Biasca with no waiting times at all, and finally there were really a lot of special passenger trains over the mountain line, sometimes up to 5 trains an hour!

I liked it very much and actually went there on both days, as there was so much to see..

Here some pictures of the folk festival from http://blog.sbb.ch/gotthard-einweihu...ht/2016/06/05/

















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