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Old July 27th, 2015, 12:21 AM   #2261
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Georg Trüb, July 17, 2015, Amsteg
The last journey of the luxurious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE) to Venice before summer break. Re 4/4 II # 11159 (second series) and # 11111 (first series) with the long and heavy 17 car train on the 53 meter high Chärstelenbach bridge, spanning the Bristen gorge in Amsteg on the Gotthard north ramp.
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Old July 31st, 2015, 11:12 PM   #2262
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Georg Trüb, July 26, 2015, between Alvaneu and Filisur
Electric railcar ABe 4/4 # 501 from 1939 is crossing the 36 meter high and 120 meter long Schmittentobel viaduct on the Albula line near Filisur.
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 10:12 PM   #2263
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Georg Trüb, August 01, 2015, Erstfeld
This large double locomotive "Gotthard Monster" Ae 8/14 # 11801 was built in 1931 by SLM and BBC with a Buchli single axle drive and 5416 kW, weighing 240 ton. She was in regular service till 1975 and is now operational for SBB Historic in Erstfeld.
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Old August 4th, 2015, 08:44 AM   #2264
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Projects like the CBT and GBT are closed for the summer break now, aren't they?
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Old August 5th, 2015, 01:30 PM   #2265
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Projects like the CBT and GBT are closed for the summer break now, aren't they?
Why would they be?
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Old August 9th, 2015, 08:14 PM   #2266
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During the boring of the GBT, TBMs were usually halted in August, but maintenance was carrieed out on them, and other works (except excavating) continued. Often civil works are halted during two weeks in August, at least in Ticino.
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Old August 9th, 2015, 09:10 PM   #2267
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Georg Trüb, July 28, 2015, Göschenen
In less than one second the long nose of the highspeed tilting train ETR 610 will disappear in the 15 kilometer long Gotthard tunnel. Eurocity 19 is running from Zürich to Milan.
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Old August 9th, 2015, 11:48 PM   #2268
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The tilting ETR 610 (alias RABe 503) were ordered in three batches for a total of 26 sets (14+8+4 units, the first 14 due to enter service in 2009, the last 4 not yet delivered), now 7 belonging to Trenitalia and 19 to the SBB.

Although intended to be used also on the Gotthard line, approval on the most curvy and steep section took years. This, together with the fact that of the initial 14 units 7 have been being used only in Italy for years so just 7 were available to both the Gotthard and Simplon routes, meant that all the effort put to have them approved on the Gotthard line will have had an effect just for less than 2 years.

These sets have been running on the difficult section of the Gotthardbahn only since the 11th April 2015, and will run there only until the 10th December 2016 (opening of the base tunnel) (although for one year, 2011 or 2012 I don't remember, one single set had also been used on the Gotthard).

Not only that, since the 15th June 2014 EuroCity trains use a new timetable that doesn't require tilting technology anymore. This means that the ETR 610, built with tilting technology for the Gotthard line, will have never* used their tilting technology, and will have run on the line they were designed to for just 1 year and 8 months.

*they actually tilt, like the one in the photo does, but don't run faster than trains that do not tilt - so the expensive tilting technology is quite a waste of money (they don't tilt a lot on the Simplon route either)
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Old August 10th, 2015, 03:42 AM   #2269
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Those trains are still almost new. Where will they be used in the future?
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Old August 10th, 2015, 08:45 AM   #2270
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It is not known - I mean, certainly not even SBB know where to use them in the future. Trenitalia should continue to use its 7 sets on Switzerland-Italy EuroCitys, but SBB should use mainly the new Stadler Giruno trains which are just starting construction phase.

They are approved in Germany so they might run there (Zürich-münchen EuroCitys, for instance), or might be modified to be used on Switzerland-France-Belgium services partly over the LGV Est. They can run under 3, 15 and 25 kV, so they can theoretically run almost everywhere on the European standard gauge network.

They are more than "almost new" - the last has been delivered a couple of months ago, and 4 are still under construction for delivery in 2017.
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Old August 11th, 2015, 08:52 PM   #2271
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Why can't they also be used on regular Swiss intercity routes? If there is simply no need for more trainsets then perhaps indeed regional (not Paris) services to France.
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These sets have been running on the difficult section of the Gotthardbahn only since the 11th April 2015, and will run there only until the 10th December 2016 (opening of the base tunnel) (although for one year, 2011 or 2012 I don't remember, one single set had also been used on the Gotthard).
I think that ETR610 runs at one pair of Eurocity trains from December 2014. I was at Gotthard line in February 2015 and I have seen ETR610 at EC17 train.
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Old August 15th, 2015, 11:20 PM   #2273
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Yes, that's true, I forgot that. They were (and still are) used on EC 17 and 20 since December 2014. The ETR 610 have been used also on the EC 153/158 Basel-Luzern-Milano and return for a year around 2011. However, it is only since April 2015 that they run on most EuroCity trains on the Gotthard line (now there are 4 return trips with ETR 610, 3 with ETR 470, and 1 with hauled stock).

@Sunfuns: starting from 2023 there will be very restrictive rules regarting wheelchair accessibility of public transport vehicles. Simplifying, every vehicle (train, bus, ship, ropeway...) will have to have a level access. The ETR 610 can carry wheelchair users, but only if the station has a movable lift on the platform, which will not be allowed anymore. That's a problem also for ICN and older vehicles, which will have to be adapted. Unless if the law is modified in a less radical way (as far I know, the only exceptions from 2023 will be for routes where tilting trains are needed and for non-Swiss trains running on EuroCity - all other trains will have to have at least one low floor coach). This is to say that it will be difficult to use the ETR 610...
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I see... That disqualifies a lot of rolling stock, though. Including most of the trains I use to commute to work every day.
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Old August 17th, 2015, 06:43 PM   #2275
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The news that I've been waiting for a long time - from Rail Journal:

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Second track for Lötschberg Base Tunnel
Monday, August 17, 2015



SWITZERLAND's second-largest railway company BLS is to issue a public tender for a contract to lengthen the double-track section of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel

The 34.6km tunnel was opened in 2007 but in order to bring increasing costs under control only a single track was installed on the 21km stretch between the northern portal near Frutigen and the southern crossover between the running tunnels at Ferden

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Old August 21st, 2015, 12:06 AM   #2276
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Georg Trüb, August 20, 2015, between Luterbach-Attisholz and Deitingen
The "Crocodile" Ce 6/8 III # 14305 of SBB Historic from Olten made a test run today to Solothurn and back, with regard to the "Sweden adventure". The load was 120 ton of Ae 6/6 # 11425 "Genf/Genève". On August 31th the long and challenging trip to Sweden will start, where the locomotive will take part in the celebrations of 100 years of electric traction in Sweden in the railway museum in Gävle on the weekend 12th/13th September. The locomotive was built in 1926 by SLM and MFO and withdrawn from regular service in 1976. It will be pulled through Germany and Poland by other locomotives to the port of Swinoujscie, then brought to Ystad in southern Sweden by railway ferry and dragged to Ängelholm on the west coast. There, it should be made roadworthy and then running under own power during 2 days and one night to Gävle, the arrival there scheduled for 7th September. On the lowered pantograph a special contact shoe (1800 mm instead of 1450 mm width) is already mounted for the wider overhead wire zigzags in Sweden. Good luck and safe journey, Crocodile!
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@Sunfuns: starting from 2023 there will be very restrictive rules regarting wheelchair accessibility of public transport vehicles. Simplifying, every vehicle (train, bus, ship, ropeway...) will have to have a level access. The ETR 610 can carry wheelchair users, but only if the station has a movable lift on the platform, which will not be allowed anymore. That's a problem also for ICN and older vehicles, which will have to be adapted. Unless if the law is modified in a less radical way (as far I know, the only exceptions from 2023 will be for routes where tilting trains are needed and for non-Swiss trains running on EuroCity - all other trains will have to have at least one low floor coach). This is to say that it will be difficult to use the ETR 610...
According to the draft regulation The railways only have to offer level access at least once an hour. If there are more trains not every train has to provide level boarding.
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Old August 29th, 2015, 09:52 PM   #2278
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Just by random chance happened to use Railjet today traveling from Buchs to Zurich and was surprised that it originates not in Vienna, but all the way in Budapest. I looked it up of course and turns out there is one such train a day and it takes 11 1/2 hours for the whole distance.
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Just by random chance happened to use Railjet today traveling from Buchs to Zurich and was surprised that it originates not in Vienna, but all the way in Budapest. I looked it up of course and turns out there is one such train a day and it takes 11 1/2 hours for the whole distance.
I rode Zurich-Vienna ( it was terminated there) and it was beautiful ride. Love their premium class
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Why can't they also be used on regular Swiss intercity routes? If there is simply no need for more trainsets then perhaps indeed regional (not Paris) services to France.
Adding to Coccodrillo it seems to me also that the capacity of the ETR are not sufficient for most Swiss routes.
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