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Old November 25th, 2014, 12:05 AM   #2141
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http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...505329&nseq=33
Georg Trüb, October 30, 2014
"Flirt" trainset RABe 523 022 running as S4 to Allaman through the vineyards above Lake Geneva. This is one of the most wonderful railway lines in Switzerland.
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Old November 25th, 2014, 11:30 PM   #2142
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Georg Trüb, November 09, 2014
On the world's steepest cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad to Pilatus Kulm. Electric railcar Bhe 1/2 # 24 from 1937 below Pilatus Kulm.
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Old November 29th, 2014, 10:15 PM   #2143
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On 26.11.2014 the Mendrisio-Stabio section of the line to Varese (Italy) has been inaugurated, while today the public had had the occasion to travel for free with special trains. Regular service will start on 15.12.2014.

Meanwhile, the contract with the builder of the Italian side has been canceled, so a new tender will have to be done to finish the works. It is not known, and it is impossible to know, when the full line will be opened. The earliest realistic date is december 2018, but a delay of 5 full years is more likely. This new branch of the Gotthardbahn leaves from Mendrisio and has a single station, Stabio. Until full opening the only trains going after Stabio will be a weekly fuel freight and service trains using the new line as a parking lot for temporarily unused freight stock.

Previous photo reports:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1172
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http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1292
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http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2016

In the first photo the special train for authorities on 26.11, on the second one a three-track section (the track to the left being used for shunting for a road-rail transhipment terminal), on the last photo an abandoned worksite on the Italian side (which hosts two tunnels each around 900 m long, a new 500 m long viaduct, and around 4 km of open trenches).

I have taken some photos today but they don't show anything more interesting than those I already posted.

Passenger trains' timetable: http://www.quadri-orario.ch/fileadmi...s/2015/630.pdf

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E' già stata inaugurata oggi pomeriggio e le S40 e S50 saranno attive dal 15 dicembre.

Foto da tio.ch (articolo e foto: http://www.tio.ch/News/Ticino/Attual...a-festa-a-meta)

Stazione di Stabio

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Stato dei lavori nel cantiere italiano per il quale bisognerà quindi attendere la nuova gara di appalto. Tempo previsto: 6 mesi.


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Old November 30th, 2014, 12:50 PM   #2144
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Oh italians.... why do they need a new tender? Did the current contractor go bankrupt?
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Old November 30th, 2014, 04:14 PM   #2145
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The contractor found arsenic during earthworks (tunnels, trenches, ...) and demanded more money to complete the work. Beside that, there was the problem that earth containing arsenic must be treated as a dangerous waste, and for months there have been dicussions on where to put this earth.

Some say that the contractor's bid was too low and predicted such delays, and that it isn't the first time that with this contractor problems arise.
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Old November 30th, 2014, 11:30 PM   #2146
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Georg Trüb, December 20, 2005
This is a "historic" picture from inside the central signal tower of Winterthur (located in the first floor of the station building) in December 2005 on 01.45 AM at night. In the foreground the keyboard, from which the instructions were given to the large panoramic board visible in the background or in the relay room respectively. The screens show the locations of trains in the region and the train data for the automatic guidance. Since November 2012 this workplaces are abandoned and the signal tower and the whole region of about 50 stations is remote controlled from the new Betriebszentrale (operations center) in Zürich Airport.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 11:08 PM   #2147
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This is one of several workplaces in the Operations Center East (BZ Ost) for the control of the railway traffic in the region of Winterthur. In full operation during the day, six such places are busy with train dispatchers, another place for the customer information on the stations and two further places for the supervisor and his assistant. On the left the device for telephony, intercom and radio, then 6 "Iltis" (Integriertes Leit- und Informationssystem/Integrated guidance and Infosystem from Siemens) screens for the operation (remote control) of the signal boxes with the mouse. On the right 4 large screens for information systems such as RCS (Rail Control System), an online graphical timetable or for the ALEA (alarm and incident assistant, which optimally processes information flows in cases of disruption). In the BZ East in Zurich Airport, the SBB network of the eastern part of Switzerland (about 1/3 of the whole network) is controlled and monitored, when completed next year in 8 sectors with a total of about 480 employees. Similar operations centers there are or are under construction in Olten, Lausanne and Pollegio and in Spiez (BLS) for the Lötschberg axis. The Südostbahn has a smaller operations center for her network in Herisau.
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Old December 4th, 2014, 11:55 PM   #2148
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Spain as well, IIRC on the old line between Madrid and Segovia.
Also at line Valencia-Teruel-Zaragoza are request stops for Intercity trains - quite interesting
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Old December 5th, 2014, 06:23 PM   #2149
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From Railway Gazette:

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Swiss border link inaugurated
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SWITZERLAND: The first section of the FMV cross-border rail link will open for revenue service on December 15, following a formal dedication on November 27 attended by representatives from canton Ticino, the federal government, SBB and TILO, the cross-border transport operator for Ticino and Lombardia.

Partially funded by the federal government, the Ferrovia Mendrisio – Varese is intended to carry direct cross-border services between Lugano and Milano’s Malpensa Airport, as well as local trains between Como and Varese. The short Swiss section diverges from the Gotthard corridor at Mendrisio and runs to Stabio, near the Italian border, where a new station with a large park-and-ride facility has been created.

SBB said it had completed the Mendrisio – Stabio section on time and on budget, thanks to innovative engineering techniques including the use of helicopters to install more than 500 catenary masts. However, work on the Italian portion has reportedly been suspended following a dispute between infrastructure manager RFI and the civil works contractor. While the Swiss portion largely follows an existing alignment, the onward connection via Gaggiolo to join the Varese – Porto Ceresio line near Arcisate requires a new route including a part-built viaduct and the 890 m Bevera tunnel. ‘We celebrate with a laughing and a crying eye’, said Claudio Zali, Head of Ticino’s Construction Department

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Old December 5th, 2014, 11:56 PM   #2150
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Some photos of a Class RABDe 502 "Dosto FV" on one of the firsts trial runs:

http://www.drehscheibe-online.de/for...201497,7201497

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[...] and runs to Stabio, near the Italian border, where a new station with a large park-and-ride facility has been created.
The park&ride isn't large at all: it was initially planned with 60 palces, but later another 150 temporary places has been quickly added as a temporary measure until the Italian part is finished. These temporary places had a simpler authorization procedure, so I suppose they couldn't make them permanent without some burocracy.

The P&R and the station directly only serve around 4.500 inhabitants and some industries.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 03:11 PM   #2151
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Unofficial sources say that Cisalpino will cease to exist with the timetable change this Saturday's night.

Cisalpino ceased operations on December 2009, when SBB and Trenitalia decided to abandon this by then infamous* name, but continued to own the ETR 610s because of the existing contracts with their builder (warranty and so on, leasing them to Trenitalia and SBB. Now this will be no more necessary thus the company will be dissolved.

The last chance to "visit" its website? Here: http://www.cisalpino.com/

*passengers distorted its name into Shitalpino, Cessoalpino (toilet-alpino), and so on because of the bad service...which lead to the website tracking its delays: http://www.cessoalpino.com/
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Old December 12th, 2014, 10:42 AM   #2152
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Georg Trüb, October 18, 2014
Re 460 082 was refurbished in the Yverdon industrial works only 8 days before and looks like new in her shiny red, pulling InterRegio 1430 from Brig to Geneva through the Rhone valley near Turtmann.
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Old December 14th, 2014, 02:22 AM   #2154
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Can someone answer me some questions?

Do TGV French trains run to Switzerland?

Do ICE Germany trains run to Switzerland?
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Old December 14th, 2014, 04:01 AM   #2155
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Yes (TGV Lyria) and yes (ICE International, even as far as from Amsterdam!)
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Old December 14th, 2014, 05:24 AM   #2156
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Can someone answer me some questions?

Do TGV French trains run to Switzerland?

Do ICE Germany trains run to Switzerland?
RailJet trains from Austria also run in Switzerland.
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You know, I never lost interest on Rossmarnhausern tunnel. Here is latest shot, taken from webcam:
http://bls.ch/d/infrastruktur/baupro...spurausbau.php
http://baudoku.1000eyes.de/cam/rossh.../00408CDDEAF7/

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Old December 15th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #2158
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Georg Trüb, July 10, 2014
One of the oldest SBB locomotives in regular service is shunter Ee 3/3 # 16383, built in 1944! This morning she brought a train into Zürich main station from the yard tracks. On the right a "Domino" RBDe 561.
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What does the 3/3 on Ee 3/3 stand for?

It is not a steam loco...
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As far as I'm aware, "x/y" is the the Swiss way of indicating how many axles a railway vehicle has (y), and how many of them are powered (x). In this case, all 3 axles are powered axles.

The GTW DMUs and EMUs that are running in the Netherlands have two powered axles on a total of 6 (2 car) or 8 (3 car), giving them the designations 2/6 and 2/8.
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