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Old October 18th, 2014, 02:03 AM   #2061
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...498309&nseq=56
Georg Trüb, September 17, 2014
Classic 6000 HP Gotthard locomotive Ae 6/6 # 11411 "Zug" of SBB Historic from Erstfeld is returning from Göschenen after pushing on the rear of train 43075, with famous church of Wassen and Chli Windgällen mountain (2986 m a.s.l.).
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Old October 18th, 2014, 05:47 PM   #2062
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Georg Trüb, August 05, 2014
The last section of the longest railway bridge in Switzerland was recently concreted, the big yellow falsework will now be dismantled. Over the Letzigraben bridge, which has a 4.0 % down gradient within the range shown, the express trains from Zürich main station (underground tracks 31 to 34) to Altstetten will run from the end of 2015 with up to 120 km/h.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 08:18 PM   #2063
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It is interesting to note that trains in the other direction (Olten ==> Zürich) will follow a different path using existing tracks. That's why the new bridge (well, the new bridges, there are two successive ones) is single track.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 08:36 PM   #2064
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Will this bridge then be used also for the regular Basel-Zurich train or just for those continuing to destinations East of Zurich?
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Old October 18th, 2014, 09:41 PM   #2065
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Will this bridge then be used also for the regular Basel-Zurich train or just for those continuing to destinations East of Zurich?
As far as I know the regular Basel Zürich trains will continue eastward once ICs start using the underground tracks. So they'll use this route.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 09:42 PM   #2066
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Judging by their position, these bridges will be used only by Oerlikon-Löwenstrasse-Dietikon IC trains and only in that direction (such as St Gallen-Geneva trains, or the existing Flughafen-Oerlikon-Basel IR trains that will be diverted through the new line nex year), but not by trains in the opposite direction neither by those terminating in Zürich.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 11:21 PM   #2067
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Bit of a random question: does Switzerland get many earthquakes?
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Old October 19th, 2014, 12:18 AM   #2068
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Bit of a random question: does Switzerland get many earthquakes?
http://www.seismo.ethz.ch/eq/latest/index_EN


Strongest earthquake per year:
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Old October 19th, 2014, 12:19 AM   #2069
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If you mean strong ones then not so often. I believe the last truly major one was Basel earthquake of 1356.
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Old October 19th, 2014, 04:00 AM   #2070
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Cheers, just looking at that new bridge posted above made me ask about the Swiss earthquake codes.

We have many more frequent and larger quakes in New Zealand and quite strict building rules subsequently.
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Cheers, just looking at that new bridge posted above made me ask about the Swiss earthquake codes.

We have many more frequent and larger quakes in New Zealand and quite strict building rules subsequently.
Houses in Switzerland have to conform to earthquake codes. That is one reason why so many are build out of reinforced concrete.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 11:12 PM   #2072
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Georg Trüb, October 18, 2014
In the very last sunrays of a beautiful autumn day, two aged electro locomotives from the pioneering days of electrification are pulling train 30034 from St-Maurice to Puidoux-Chexbres up the 3.7 % grade through the vineyards above Lake Geneva (Lac de Genève). Leading is Ae 3/6 III # 10264, built by SLM and SAAS in 1926 with a Westinghouse drive under licence, and based in St-Maurice nowadays. Second is Be 4/6 # 12320, built in 1921 by SLM and BBC with a rod drive, based in Winterthur.
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Old October 22nd, 2014, 12:14 AM   #2073
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Georg Trüb, October 19, 2014
The short train 1656 from Tirano to St. Moritz with ABe 4/4 railcar of the 51 to 56 series reached Stablini crossing station shortly. It will have a meeting with downcoming train 1637 from St. Moritz to Tirano with ABe 8/12 "Allegra" trainset in the foreground.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 11:47 PM   #2074
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Georg Trüb, August 16, 2014
The picture could easily be taken decades ago, only the Rhone glacier is missing in the background. Cogwheel steamlocomotive HG 3/4 # 9 from 1914 is leaving Gletsch with a train to Oberwald.
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Old October 28th, 2014, 04:23 PM   #2075
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Old October 28th, 2014, 06:02 PM   #2076
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This website used to be good for real time info, but it doesn't work now without a password

http://prosurf.sbb.ch/

Is there an alternative to the SBB website for real time info?
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This website used to be good for real time info, but it doesn't work now without a password

http://prosurf.sbb.ch/

Is there an alternative to the SBB website for real time info?
this maybe?

http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/query.exe/en?view=map
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Old October 28th, 2014, 06:18 PM   #2078
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Ideally, I would like a third party website like

http://www.ovtijden.com/avtdag/UT/

or

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/search/advanced/TBD
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Old October 28th, 2014, 10:43 PM   #2079
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ProSurf has been discontinued last December. Maybe because it was technically old, although scandalmongers would say it was done purposefully to better hide delays (ProSurf was the base for Cessoalpino (toilet-alpino, sounding similar to Cisalpino), a website that gathered statistics of SBB's Cisalpino trains).

It has replaced by this: http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/trainsear...L=vs_vb&tpl=vb (it is better also to write the category of the train, for instance EC 312 rather than just 312, otherwise sometimes doesn't work)

A slow, hard to use on smartphones, and not so precise system (delays of a train might be higher or lower than shown).

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The Italian railways maintain a good system:

http://www.viaggiatreno.it/

http://mobile.viaggiatreno.it/
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Old October 29th, 2014, 12:21 AM   #2080
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May I ask something, how does switzerland engineers deal with gradient, I live in a huge a high mountain range crossed country and it's been used as an excuse to disinvest on rail roads, how did you deal with it? Was it expensive, I know swizerland invest a lot on tunnels and bridges, but how did you developed the initial infraestructure before you got rich enought to pay for Tunnels and incredible bridges?
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