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Old January 12th, 2016, 02:33 AM   #2341
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Georg Trüb, January 08, 2016, Bergün
Finally, Grisons got a few inches of snow yesterday! Locomotive Ge 6/6 II # 703 "St. Moritz" with the short freight 5135 from Landquart to Pontresina on the Albula line in the Val Tisch (Tisch valley) between Bergün and Muot.
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Old January 20th, 2016, 01:01 AM   #2342
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Georg Trüb, November 01, 2011, Kleine Scheidegg
Electric cogwheel locomotive He 2/2 11, built by SLM/BBC in 1912 as HGe 2/2, with passenger cars B2 17 and 13, on the Kleine Scheidegg. This over 100 years old composition is known as Eiger Ambassador- Express (EAE) nowadays and used for charter specials only. The system is three-phase alternating current 1125 V 50 Hz, 1 meter gauge, Strub cogwheel system. On the right the world famous Eigernordwand.
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Old January 20th, 2016, 11:08 PM   #2343
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Georg Trüb, January 03, 2016, Zürich HB
Dense traffic in Zürich HB. On the left the Eurocity to Munich with Re 421 is leaving. In the middle the TGV 2N2 # 4728 is entering the station from the sidings, for a run to Paris. On the right Re 460 # 028 in publicity paint scheme is running to the sidings.
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Old January 21st, 2016, 04:26 PM   #2344
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From Rail Journal:

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SBB to upgrade Olten works
Thursday, January 21, 2016



SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) has announced it will invest SFr 37m ($US 36.9m) in its workshops at Olten over the next two years to adapt the facility for the maintenance of SBB's growing fleet of multiple units

A new 150m-long-three track workshop will be constructed for the maintenance and overhaul of fixed-formation trains. The existing workshops will also be upgraded with refurbishment of the buildings and the installation of new cranes covering a 5000m2 floor area and a new train lifting system, which SBB says will improve working conditions for staff and increase productivity

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Old January 24th, 2016, 09:33 AM   #2346
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Dear friends. I'm looking for 1989-1992 (any of these years would suffice) travel plan on the Lotschberg line. Any help would be very welcome.

Thank you very much.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 09:32 PM   #2347
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There are plans for massive tunnelling in Zurich area to increase capacity on the very busy Zurich-Bern route. As I understand previously a two tunnel system was proposed, but now they have found that a single 28 km tunnel might make more sense. If built journey time could be reduced to around 40 min. It will be decided in 2018 and if funded opened around 2030.

http://www.schweizamsonntag.ch/resso...ich_nach_bern/

Would be cool, but to be honest I don't think it will be funded. More money instead will be needed for maintenance. Swiss railways aren't as punctual as they used to be anymore due to operating so close to capacity and also wear and tear is more than it used to be.
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Old January 27th, 2016, 05:20 PM   #2348
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Walking over the world's longest rail tunnel
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Old January 28th, 2016, 11:24 PM   #2349
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Georg Trüb, October 23, 2015, above Andermatt
Steam train with cogwheel locomotive HG 3/4 # 4 of the Dampfbahn Furka Bergstrecke slowly going down from Nätschen to Andermatt.
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Old January 31st, 2016, 01:02 AM   #2350
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Georg Trüb, August 22, 2015, between Meiringen and Brünig-Hasliberg
Articulated lowfloor FINK 3 car trainset ABeh 160 # 006 in multiple with ADLER 7 car trainset ABeh 150 # 003 are forming the Interregio 2933 from Interlaken Ost to Lucerne, on the 12.0 % grade (with cogwheel) up to Brünig-Hasliberg.
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Old February 2nd, 2016, 09:35 PM   #2351
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I have posted a similar report here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=2827

CityNightLine (CNL), the sleeper train subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn (German Railways), is offering daily overnight service from Zurich and Basel to
both Hamburg, Dresden, Prague, Amsterdam, Berlin and Cologne.
Rumours have it that Deutsche Bahn wants to cancel all overnight sleeper services from June 2016, citing a lack of long-term profitability.
Here are some photos of Basel SBB station and inside photos of the CNL train Zurich-Berlin.





Refurbished TER Alsace trans at Basel SNCF station:











SNCB EuroCity Train EC 90 Vauban to Bruxelles Midi:





SNCF TGV Lyria Trains Paris - Zurich and vice-versa:









CNL train to Berlin with through cars to Prague at Basel SBB:





Inside of the modern sleeper car:











Couchette Car:







Seating Car:





At the terminal station - Berlin Gesundbrunnen:





Video of the journey:





If the video does not load correctly here is the direct link to the video:

http://youtu.be/AcT0PgSTVZE



Enjoy!
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Old February 4th, 2016, 11:17 PM   #2352
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The lobbying society Grimselbahn (https://www.grimselbahn.ch/) and the main manager of the electricity network SwissGrid (https://www.swissgrid.ch/) presented today a plan for a new Grimsel tunnel, comprising a railway and a 380 kV line. It would link Innertkirchen and Oberwald, where the existing ZendralBahn/MIB and MGB/RhB networks currently have stations.

Today the Grimsel and the nearby pass roads are closed in winter, leaving the section of Alps between the Lötschberg tunnels and the Seelisberg road tunnel on Lake Lucerne without any connection between the two sides of the mountains.

The electrical line on masts over the Grimsel must be repalced or refurbished anyway, so Swissgrid proposes this new tunnel. It might me problematic to put 380 kV cables underground, thought, especially in a railway tunnel.

The media say there would be a 22 km single track tunnel, however, the Grimseltunnel would in reality be composed of three separate tunnels (of 6645, 4735 and 10220 m) linked by partially covered sections comprising two passenger stations with passing tracks. These two intermediate stations would serve only tourists (and likely technicians of hydropower plants) in Handegg and Guttannen, as there are no villages between the two extremes of the tunnel.

A car shuttle like in other long Swiss rail tunnels will certainly be proposed.

Main website: https://www.grimseltunnel.ch/

Presentation: https://www.grimseltunnel.ch/wp-cont...euscher-de.pdf

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IpWJwsX5yA

Map: https://map.geo.admin.ch/?lang=it&to...9800.00&zoom=4
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Old February 5th, 2016, 12:06 AM   #2353
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I want some opinions on this...
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Old February 5th, 2016, 03:53 AM   #2354
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The lobbying society Grimselbahn (https://www.grimselbahn.ch/) and the main manager of the electricity network SwissGrid (https://www.swissgrid.ch/) presented today a plan for a new Grimsel tunnel, comprising a railway and a 380 kV line. It would link Innertkirchen and Oberwald, where the existing ZendralBahn/MIB and MGB/RhB networks currently have stations.

Today the Grimsel and the nearby pass roads are closed in winter, leaving the section of Alps between the Lötschberg tunnels and the Seelisberg road tunnel on Lake Lucerne without any connection between the two sides of the mountains.

The electrical line on masts over the Grimsel must be repalced or refurbished anyway, so Swissgrid proposes this new tunnel. It might me problematic to put 380 kV cables underground, thought, especially in a railway tunnel.

The media say there would be a 22 km single track tunnel, however, the Grimseltunnel would in reality be composed of three separate tunnels (of 6645, 4735 and 10220 m) linked by partially covered sections comprising two passenger stations with passing tracks. These two intermediate stations would serve only tourists (and likely technicians of hydropower plants) in Handegg and Guttannen, as there are no villages between the two extremes of the tunnel.

A car shuttle like in other long Swiss rail tunnels will certainly be proposed.

Main website: https://www.grimseltunnel.ch/

Presentation: https://www.grimseltunnel.ch/wp-cont...euscher-de.pdf

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IpWJwsX5yA

Map: https://map.geo.admin.ch/?lang=it&to...9800.00&zoom=4
Technically, there shouldn't be any problems having massive power cables running through a tunnel. It's been done in plenty of places around the world, especially in large cities where transmission towers can't be installed because of tall buildings, etc.

However, it should be done in a separate parallel tunnel and not in one shared with trains.
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Old February 10th, 2016, 08:25 AM   #2355
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English: Two Rhaetian Railways ABe 4/4 III multiple units with a local train from St. Moritz to Tirano are just crossing the Brusio spiral viaduct. Picture taken near Brusio, Switzerland.
සිංහල: ස්විට්සර්ලන්තයේ බෘසියෝ වල පිහිටා ඇති සර්පිලාකාර දුම්රිය මාර්ගය
Deutsch: Zwei ABe 4/4 III-Triebwagen der Rhätischen Bahn überqueren gerade das Kreisviadukt von Brusio mit einem Regio von St. Moritz nach Tirano. Aufgenommen in Brusio, Schweiz.
Français : Train local joignant Saint-Moritz à Tirano, avec deux unités multiples de ABe 4/4 III, empruntant le viaduc en spirale de Brusio. Photo prise près de Brusio, en Suisse.
हिन्दी: ब्रुज़ियो सर्पिल पुल को पार करती रेलगाडी। ब्रुज़ियो, स्विज़रलैण्ड के निकट से लिया गया चित्र।
Italiano: Due automotrici RhB ABe 4/4 III spingono un treno locale che attraversa un viadotto a spirale vicino a Brusio in Svizzera.
Русский: Бернинский экспресс проходит по спиральному виадуку в Брусио

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Old February 10th, 2016, 10:26 AM   #2356
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It's been done in plenty of places around the world, especially in large cities where transmission towers can't be installed because of tall buildings, etc.
Yes, but not at 380 kV AC, as far I know.

The project already has a page on en.wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimsel_Tunnel

It has some more chances to be built compared to others, as it is hoped also to use it for cables. Maybe some road lobby could cotnribute to it, too.

Note that throught the red line below there is no transport link open year long. there are just two roads, which are open only 4 to 5 months a year.

https://map.geo.admin.ch/?topic=ech&...1700.00&zoom=3

If the branch to Bedretto valley-Airolo of the Furka Base Tunnel was completed, it would also extremely reduce travel time from Ticino to Interlaken by public transport. Bellinzona-Interlaken now takes 4h21 by train, and just 2h17 by car. Car shuttles would likely not reduce car travel time, but would reduce driving time, which could still be interesting from someone.

There is no fast east-west rail or road link south of Lucerne in Switzerland, as demand would be low compared to north-south traffic. But this creates huge detours. For instance, a Lugano-Geneva train trip require to go via Lucerne or even Zürich, around 420 km compared to 220 as the crow flies. This is 5h35 by train, compared to 3h40 by car via Milan-Aosta-Mont Blanc (368 km).

The slowest connection I found (because a friend of mine did it) is Lugano-Verbier by train, 5h45 for 135 km as the crow flies. And it is still 3h20 by car, via Milan-Aosta. In Switzerland we lack east-west link, and south-north west links. Ticino and Wallis-Valais share a border, but have little relationships between them.

On a side note, today the road lobby is lobbying for a second Gotthard road tunnel. However, this would mainly profit transit traffic. IMHO, it would be more interesting for Switzerland (and especially Ticino) a faster and year-round open road throught the Grimsel and Furka passes.
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Old February 20th, 2016, 11:59 PM   #2357
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Georg Trüb, February 05, 2016, Schöllenen gorge
Schöllenen gorge between Göschenen and Andermatt in the real winter. Cogwheel train of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) with railcar Deh 4/4 # 53 "Urseren" from 1972 is crossing the Brüggwald viaduct. The 4 kilometer long 1 meter gauge line between Göschenen and Andermatt was built in 1917 as independent "Schöllenenbahn" (Schöllenen Railway) with up to 17.9 % grade and electrified with 1200 V DC. The old "Teufelsbrücke" (devil's bridge) is from 1830, replacing one from 1595. The first wooden bridge was built here around 1200, according the legend by the devil. In the foreground the contemporary road bridge from 1956 in concrete, faced with natural stones.
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^ Brilliant image.
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Georg Trüb, February 15, 2016, Alp Grüm
Clearing track 2 of Alp Grüm station with the "Beast of the Bernina" snowblower Xrot mt # 95404 at 06.41 AM.
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Georg Trüb, February 08, 2016, between Eschlikon and Sirnach
Re 4/4 II # 11136 from the first series is pulling Interregio 2267 Basel - Zürich - St. Gallen between Eschlikon and Sirnach.
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