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Old February 21st, 2015, 05:56 PM   #2201
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This is Switzerland, not US. Swiss get really annoyed by this foreign tendency to treat the whole country as if it was a mere suburb of Zürich.
There are probably more people commuting from Rafz to Schaffhausen than to Zürich.
I am Swiss but you know what gets me really annoyed? Provincialism.
And you are wrong, the BFS (federal bureau of statistics) defines Rafts as part of the agglomeration of Zürich not Schaffausen.

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Old March 2nd, 2015, 04:00 PM   #2202
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Record year for Switzerland's Zentralbahn
Monday, March 02, 2015



SWISS regional railway Zentralbahn had a record year in 2014, with a new timetable, new trains, and improved marketing to tourists driving a surge in ridership

Passenger numbers increased 26% to 9.3 million while traffic rose 16% to 157.7 million passenger-km.

Zentralbahn is one of Switzerland's largest metre-gauge railways, serving the area between Lucerne, Interlaken and Engelberg and carrying both tourists and commuters

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Old March 29th, 2015, 05:11 PM   #2203
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Georg Trüb, February 26, 2015, Col de Bretaye
Cogwheel push-pull train of the former Bex-Villars-Bretaye (BVB), now Transports Publiques du Chablais (TPC), near Bretaye, with the highest mountain of the alps, Mont Blanc (4810 meter), in the background. BDeh 4/4 # 81 "Gryon" from 1976 (SWP, SLM, SAAS) with publicity paint scheme for Banque Cantonale Vaudois (BCV), B # 62 and cab car Bt # 64.
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Old March 29th, 2015, 11:29 PM   #2204
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Yet another tunnel is under construction near the Ceneri Base Tunnel's southern portal. After the CBT itself and a road tunnel, it is the turn of a ~1 km utility tunnel (water/electricity), part of a quite big tunnel complex which total a dozen kilometres of rock tunnels which crisscross the hill which houses part of the city of Lugano.

To build these small diametre tunnels, usually not more than 4 m of boring diametre, usually a combination of TBM and 900 m gauge railway are used. The same system was also used for the safety tube of the nearby road tunnel. Big projects like the GBT require dozen of locomotives and hundreds of wagons, here I counted two locomotives, a spoil removal wagon, a cement mxier wagon, and a couple of other wagons.

The railway consist of a straight track likely without switches inside the tunnel, and three switches on the outside which makes up a passing loop and a stub track. To the front of the spoil wagon there was a conveyor belt used to load excavated rock onto trucks, but this has already been dismantled, like the red TBM visible in the second photo (a curiositi by itself, TBMs are mostly painted in white).

In general, most tunnels built by drill&blast like the CBT use road vehicles (although in the CBT there is also a short suspended monorail), while TBM bored tunnels use trains.

This the bridge from which I took the photos: http://goo.gl/maps/KRdeM





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Old March 31st, 2015, 12:30 AM   #2205
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Georg Trüb, February 28, 2015, between St.Gallen Haggen and Gübsensee
A unique beautiful and perfectly organized large steam locomotive tour from Zurich around the Säntis mountain of "Steam Adventure Tours". With triple traction of Eb 3/5 # 5819, A 3/5 # 705 and B 3/4 # 1367 (all of SBB Historic and based in Brugg), the 12 car train crosses the highest railway viaduct in Switzerland (99 meter high, 365 meter long, built from 1908 to 1910), the Sitter viaduct of the former Bodensee-Toggenburg-Bahn, today Südostbahn (SOB), near St.Gallen.
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Old April 6th, 2015, 02:30 AM   #2206
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Georg Trüb, March 07, 2015, Eglisau
Re 6/6 # 11626 "moustache" and Re 4/4 II 11242 are crossing the Rhine viaduct between Eglisau and Hüntwangen.
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Old April 12th, 2015, 05:59 PM   #2207
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Because of works in Horgen Oberdorf station ( http://goo.gl/maps/TkZHv ) the Zürich-Zug line has been closed the weekend of 11/12 April 2015.

Most trains have been diverted on the Südbahn ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aargauische_S%C3%BCdbahn ), but EuroCitys used the Sihltalbahn ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sihltal_railway_line ). Yesterday was also the last day of operation of four SBB's ETR 470 on Milan-Zürich ECs. However, this is not the end of this type of trains as at least two of the four sets will be kept for an extra EuroCity Zürich-Milan Rho Fiera (fairground station) during Expo 2015. In addition, Trenitalia's five ETR 470 will continue to be used on Gotthard ECs at least until the end of the year.

From today, the planned stock for various trains is:
SBB's ETR 610: EC 13, 17, 19, 23 + 12, 16, 20, 22
Trenitalia's ETR 470: EC 15, 21, 25 + 14, 18, 24
SBB loco hauled stock: EC 153 + 158 (Lucerne-Milan)
SBB's ETR 470: EC 305 + 307 (Zürich-Expo 2015, daily 1.1.2015-31.10.2015 only)

Here a video of diverted EC 19 in Zürich Giesshübel ( http://goo.gl/maps/1RLPM ):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8P9-Zor460

EC 12 (ETR 470.002) just arrived on track 31 in Zürich HB, waiting to depart as EC 19. This is one of the underground tracks of the new cross-city tunnel. Usually EuroCitys use the surface stub tracks but as they were using a modified timetable there weren't surface tracks available at the time ECs arrived/departed from HB.



EC 21 (ETR 470.001) in Giesshübel ( http://goo.gl/maps/1RLPM ). The orange car is a DC-only EMU, the red car belongs to an AC set (see below the explanation).



Entering the Geisshübel-Wiedikon link, used only by freight, work and tourist trains. Note the complicated double overhead line, for DC and AC, used also on the direct tunnel to the Hauptbahnhof (which leads to two short stub tracks below the HB, with no track connection to the surface).



A DC EMU of the Uetlibergbahn ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uetliberg_railway_line ) exiting a park siding, using the same track of the photo above but the DC wire instead of the AC wire. This and other tracks have two wires above, one fed with 15 kV 16,7 Hz AC on the centre and one fed at 1200 V DC on the side. Originally the AC Sihltalbahn and the DC Uetlibergbahn were basically two separate things. However when they were merged and prolonged to the Hauptbahnhof, instead of converting the Uetliberg line to AC, the SZU decided to buy DC-only EMUs and to move their pantographs 130 cm on one side, resulting in an absurdly complicated operation with some tracks electrified with two systems. However, to avoid as much as possible crossings between AC and DC overhead lines, most tracks have just one wire which complicates train dispatching even more. For instance, the ~2.4 km double track line from Giesshübel to HB has a DC+AC track and an AC-only track to Selnau, then a DC-only and a DC+AC track to HB, then again a DC+AC track and an AC-only track in HB itself. It's like having two parallel single track lines, but which cannot be used as a double track line.

However, SZU finally decided to convert the DC line to AC when the current DC EMus become life-expired around the next decade. To allow more flexibility in the mean time new SZU's EMUs can run both with AC and DC: they are mostly used on the Uetlibergbahn, however they can also run on the Sihltalbahn if needed and can be parked on AC sidings and use AC workshop tracks using their own power (the DC part of the depot is quite cramped).



EC 21, actually running as EC 30021, in Sood-Oberleimbach.



The works in Horgen-Oberdorf consist in replacing some tracks, including the switch which merges the two tracks before the single track Zimmerberg tunnel.



More infos and photos: http://www.bahnonline.ch/wp/85028/st...april-2015.htm (not my site)
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Old April 24th, 2015, 11:08 PM   #2209
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Georg Trüb, April 13, 2015, between Winterthur Grüze and Winterthur
Nightly reconstruction of the track 336 between Winterthur Grüze and Winterthur, using the track rebuild train "Puscal T" of Scheuchzer company. The excavation machine "Elephant" is removing all of the worn out ballast, which is transported over several conveyer belts to specialized cars. On the other 3 tracks of this rail corridor the trains (here a IC2000 push pull train to Romanshorn) are circulating with 80 to 110 km/h.
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Old April 27th, 2015, 06:53 PM   #2210
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The Second Phase of the Cross-city link DML in Zurich will be opened in December 2015:















source: Limmattaler Zeitung http://www.limmattalerzeitung.ch/
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Georg Trüb, April 14, 2015, between Rupperswil and Lenzburg
Highspeed tilting train ETR 610 006, running in multiple with RABe 503 012 (ETR 610 second series), on a driver training run from Aarau to Zürich, between Rupperswil and Lenzburg running with 140 km/h.
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David Gubler, December 06, 2014, Bremgarten
Two ABe 4/8 "Diamant" EMUs cross the Reuss as S17 service to Dietikon.
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Georg Trüb, April 25 2015, Burgdorf
Electrolocomotive Ae 4/7 # 11026 of association Mikado 1244 in Brugg (AG) brought a charter train from Schaffhausen to Burgdorf this morning. The former SBB express train locomotive with Buchli drive was built in 1934 by SLM and BBC, has about 3000 HP and a velocitiy of 100 km/h.
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Asymmetrical wheelset (2 trailing axes-4 motor axes-1 trailing axis) is a relic of the past - on electric locomotives this was uncommon, and since 50 years or so they have bogies with all axes powered (or an A1A-A1A arrangement, two 3 axes bogies each with a central unpowered axis).

But one of the strangest early Swiss electric locos was the single Ae 4/8: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SBB-CFF-FFS_Ae_4/8
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David Gubler, November 01, 2014, Salgesch
The vines have turned yellow all over Switzerland, and will drop their leaves soon. Luckily we had some nice weather during this narrow time window.
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Peter Hürzeler, April 07, 2015, Apples
The last golden sun rays of the day gave their best when the Be 4/4 11 with its regional train left the station of Apples towards Bière. In the background the town of Lausanne (on the left), Lake Genèva and the fresh snowed swiss/french alps are visible. Barely two minutes later the sun has gone and night fell over the lovely countryside.
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Buffet Car Bre 4/4 of the RBS (Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn) on an extra tour for Mother's Day. I took this pic this morning on the line between Bern and Solothurn.

The car was brought into service in 1916 and was in regular use until 2009. Since then it's mainly used for extra tours like the one today.

The RBS operates a narrow-gauge railway network (1'000mm) between Bern-Worb and Bern-Solothurn. More info here.
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Jean-Marc Frybourg, June 23, 2014, Nätschen
The beautiful rake of Pullman cars composing the Alpine Classic Pullmann Express wanders in the Swiss Alps.
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Jean-Marc Frybourg, June 24, 2014, Cadenazzo (Monte Ceneri)
A short bridge between two tunnels hidden deep in the mountain side, this is another view of the fascinating Gotthard line. This spot is on the south side of the St Gotthard, in Ticino, on the Monte Ceneri between Bellinzona and Lugano.
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