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Old November 22nd, 2016, 05:23 PM   #2561
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David Gubler, October 22, 2016, Gruben
A "Golden Pass Classic" train (with pseudo-historic passenger cars) climbs the grade from Gstaad to Schönried.
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Old November 24th, 2016, 12:47 PM   #2562
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Georg Trüb, October 25, 2015, below Brienzer Rothorn
Light oil fired cogwheel steamlocomotive H 2/3 # 14 (built by SLM in 1996) of the Brienz-Rothorn-Bahn with a train with cars B 9 and B 3 (SIG) below the top of the Brienzer Rothorn. The train is going down, the steam comes from the Riggenbach counterpressure brake. This was the last day of the 2015 season!
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Old November 25th, 2016, 11:36 AM   #2563
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From Rail Journal:

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Swiss metre-gauge railways order Stadler EMUs
Friday, November 25, 2016



TWO Swiss metre-gauge railways have awarded Stadler Rail contracts with a total value of SFr 118m ($US 117m) to supply regional EMUs

Rhaetian Railway (RhB) has exercised an option worth SFr 67.9m for nine additional Flügel EMUs, supplementing the initial order for 27 trains, which was placed in June. The federal government is providing 80% of the funding for the order, with the remaining 20% coming from the canton of Graubünden

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Old November 29th, 2016, 01:24 AM   #2564
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Georg Trüb, October 21, 2015, between Stablini and Cavaglia
"Allegra" trainset ABe 8/12 # 3504 is pulling the Bernina Express 961 from Davos to Tirano through the Val Pila down a grade of 7.0 % on the southern ramp of the Bernina pass.
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Old November 29th, 2016, 06:25 AM   #2565
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Now that's a nice sight. Two new sets of equipment, both streamlined. It looks both futuristic and retro (in that you have a motor with trailers).
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Old December 3rd, 2016, 02:04 AM   #2566
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Jean-Marc Frybourg, June 27, 2014, Göschenen
On the St Gotthard trail that closely follows the line and displays nice explanation panels about the history of the railroad, a familly watches a helper returning to Erstfeld after pushing a heavy freight train over the north grade. The helper is taking the crossover so as to run on the usual left hand track (closest one to the photographer). In the background, behind the engine, you can see a stone building. This is an electric sub-station that transforms high voltage current into 15kV 16.7Hz and feeds the catenary. It is a strong construction dating from the origin of the electrification in the 1920's.
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Old December 6th, 2016, 01:38 AM   #2567
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The new suburban railway station in Zürich Oerlikon was inaugurated last weekend. It was under construction in the past 7 years as part of the cross-city link project DML Zürich. Almost all lines from Zürich to the north-east and east of Switzerland pass through this very busy station.

The existing station was completely rebuilt and extended from 6 to 8 tracks to accommodate 110'000 passengers daily and 12 instead of 7 S-Bahn lines. It includes 28 shops, 800 parking lots for bicycles and barrier-free access to all platforms. Cost was about 600 million CHF.

Factsheet: http://www.sbb.ch/content/sbb/de/des...r.download.pdf

Video showing some spectacular phases of construction:
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Old December 12th, 2016, 12:09 AM   #2568
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A video from today's first run through!

Der erste offizielle Zug durch den Tunnel
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http://www.srf.ch/play/tv/redirect/d...mpaign=srf_app
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Old January 16th, 2017, 12:48 PM   #2569
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A trip on the RegioExpress Lötschberger train on the Lötschberg Mountain Route in early December 2016:


Bern Railway Station:





Main hall:







bls Lötschberger train - empty First Class cabin:







In the Kander River Valley between Spiez and Kandersteg (north of the Lötschberg Pass)





Lötschberg Mountain Line - Northern Ramp between Frutigen and Kandersteg:





Kandersteg (1.176 m ASL); this station has an auto train track, which carries cars between Kandersteg and Goppenstein through the Lötschberg Tunnel:







Just about to enter the Lötschberg Tunnel from the North:





Inside the 14.6 km long Lötschberg Tunnel, opened in 1913 (the highest point is 1.239 m ASL):





Goppenstein (1.217 m ASL), just south of the Lötschberg Tunnel:





Entering the Southern Ramp of the Lötschberg Mountain Line (looking down towards the Rhone River Valley);
For the next 19 km we will travel downwards to Brig (from 1.085 to 678 m ASL):







Looking towards the Southeast:





Tunnel on the southern ramp:




Ausserberg (932 m ASL):









Visp (the valley behind leads to Zermatt, Matterhorn and Saas-Fee):





Approaching Brig:





Brig in the sunlight (the Monte Leone-Sankt Gotthard Alps in the back, through the Simplon Tunnel towards Italy run):





Our bls Lötschberger train at Brig Railway Station, which will return to Bern in about 20 minutes:







Swiss Railway (SBB) Intercity trainset at Brig in the Canton of Valais:









Second class station in our train:





Train is departing Brig (the First Class section still stays empty):





We are again going to climb to 19 km long southern ramp towards the Lötschberg Tunnel:









Hohtenn (1.078 m ASL) is the last station on the southern ramp:





Back at the Northern Ramp of the Lötschberg Mountain Line between Kandersteg and Frutigen:







Stopping in Reichenbach im Kandertal (706 m ASL):







Stopping in Mülenen (692 m ASL):





BLS RegioExpress train to Brig approaching Mülenen station:




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Old January 27th, 2017, 10:16 PM   #2570
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Georg Trüb, January 24, 2017, Biasca GBT bypass (Pollegio Binario di Sorpasso)
Two coupled highspeed tilting trains of the ETR 610 series of the SBB are running as Eurocity 19 from Zürich to Milano on the Gotthard Base Tunnel line near Biasca.
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Old February 4th, 2017, 02:32 AM   #2571
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Georg Trüb, January 09, 2017, between Wengernalp and Kleine Scheidegg
Partly lowfloor, articulated cogwheel trains Bhe 4/8 "PANO" # 149 and # 146 of the Wengernalpbahn (WAB), built by Stadler Rail in 2014/2015, above Wengernalp with the Eiger mountain (3970 m a.s.l.) in the background.
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Old February 4th, 2017, 03:36 AM   #2572
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How's the roll-out of the Gotthard tunnel been?
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Old February 6th, 2017, 12:49 AM   #2573
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In my opinion the new timetable has proved to have a good reliabilty. There are still some delays, especially with the ETR 610 Eurocity trains, but overall puncuality has improved quite a bit compared to the former timetable. This is mostly due to increased buffer times in the timetable to allow further construction works along the line. The trains are now often 3 to 5 minutes early.

There was a press release of SBB on the day of timetable change:
http://www.sbb.ch/en/group/media/pre...12-1112_2.html

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Press release, 11 December 2016

Timetabled services through the Gotthard Base Tunnel now under way: Successful start to a new age of rail travel.

Trains have been running through the Gotthard Base Tunnel since earlier this morning, without any problems affecting what is a historic timetable change along the north-south Gotthard corridor. Passengers and freight customers are benefiting from shorter journey times and more reliable connections. Two special early-morning trains took customers and guests to Lugano, which is celebrating the opening of the longest railway tunnel in the world and also of its own refurbished station. The timetable change ran also largely without problems in the rest of Switzerland.

With the Gotthard Base Tunnel, SBB has successfully placed a complex integrated system in service following an intensive test phase. The historic timetable change means that passengers’ journey times along the north-south Gotthard corridor will be cut by around 30 minutes. Freight services will see train path capacity increase from 180 to 210 trains per day, while some 48 passenger trains will travel through the new tunnel over the same period. Only air-conditioned ICN and ETR 610 multiple units and InterCity train sets will use the Gotthard Base Tunnel, to be joined in late 2019 by the new Giruno trains, which will allow passengers to travel in genuine comfort. SBB is intent on making best possible use of the new rail infrastructure and is committed to improving punctuality along the north-south corridor in consultation with its partners in Italy. By the end of 2020 the planning of work at the infrastructure in Italy and Switzerland will be coordinated. Thanks to the good cooperation, the direct connection between Zurich and Venice can be definitely implemented in June 2017.

Today also marks SBB’s introduction of an attractive range of services on the Gotthard panoramic route, with its InterRegio trains from Basel, Lucerne and Zurich and its RegioExpress trains from Ticino now running to Erstfeld and back every hour. The peak-time direct through connections from Basel and Zurich to Göschenen are also being retained. In addition, the Gotthard panoramic route will play host to two tourist specials between April and October – the «Gotthard Weekender» from Zurich and the new «Gotthard Panorama Express» between Flüelen and Bellinzona.

«Switzerland comes together» in Lugano.

The start of the operation in the Gotthard Base Tunnel is another highlight in a very special year for Switzerland and SBB. The opening in June and has highlighted the importance of the century construction and showed what can be achieved with Swiss innovation, precision and reliability. Numerous partners were involved in this success: The Swiss Confederation, AlpTransit Gotthard AG, but also Gottardo's main partners, Credit Suisse, Coop, Mobiliar, Mondaine, Stadler Rail and ABB, as well as partners from business and science.

The EuroCity 11, the first timetabled train through the Gotthard Base Tunnel, left Zurich main station at 6.09 this morning for southern Switzerland. It was carrying customers and guests including Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Transport Peter Füglistaler and SBB AG CEO Andreas Meyer. A second special had left Basel for Lugano at 4.55 a.m., this time a combined passenger and freight train bringing «Basler Läckerli» biscuits to southern Switzerland as a gift for guests. Both trains arrived in Lugano some time after 8.00 a.m., to be met by local Ticinese and representatives of the canton. Lugano station then hosted the official ceremony marking the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, an event entitled «Switzerland comes together». Peter Füglistaler and Andreas Meyer joined President of Uri Cantonal Council Beat Jörg, his Ticinese counterpart Paolo Beltraminelli and a great many guests to celebrate the longest railway tunnel in the world being placed in service.

Next on the programme was the opening of the modernised Lugano station and the refurbished «Funicolare» funicular, complete with a grand public celebration. SBB and the cantonal and city authorities have spent a total of CHF 23 million upgrading the station into the smart-looking «Terrazza del Ticino». The combined passenger and freight train will set off back for Basel just before midday, this time laden with panettoni, which will be handed out to customers at Basel station from around 3.00 p.m.

Full potential to be reached in 2020.

The revamped north-south Gotthard corridor will bring its full potential to bear in late 2020, when the Ceneri Base Tunnel and the 4-metre corridor are operational. This will increase train path capacity for freight services to 260 trains per day and save passengers travelling between German-speaking Switzerland and Milan up to 60 minutes on their journeys. From this point onwards, trains between German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino will operate every half hour while Zurich–Milan services will run hourly. In Ticino, the offer and the timetable are gradually being optimized. By the end of 2020 there will also be major improvements to regional traffic in Ticino. For instance, passengers can look forward to a new Lugano–Locarno express, while journeys between the Leventina district and Lugano/Mendrisiotto will be up to 30 minutes quicker.

SBB will have invested a total of over CHF 2 billion in Ticino by 2030. Although the company needs to make savings if it is to hold its own against increasingly fierce competition, it is still making targeted, sustainable investments in the future. With their overall strategy for Ticino, which was signed yesterday, the cantonal authorities and SBB have laid the foundations for exploiting the potential offered by these investments and for setting out their shared guiding principles for the mobility of the future.

SBB upgrading the north-south Gotthard corridor.

The new Gotthard Base Tunnel embodies Swiss precision, innovation and reliability and its opening on 11 December 2016 is the key milestone for the renovated north-south Gotthard corridor. By the time the Ceneri Base Tunnel and the 4-meter corridor are placed in service in late 2020, some 25 construction projects will have been carried out on the approaches to the two base tunnels between Basel and Chiasso. Using a range of measures relating to rolling stock, construction and operations, SBB will limit the impact on customers as much as possible until the projects are completed.




http://www.railpictures.net/photo/600342/
Georg Trüb, December 22, 2016, Giustizia
Giustizia is the junction, where the Gotthard Base Tunnel line which is bypassing Biasca, joins the Gotthard Mountain line, about 3 kilometers south from Biasca. Intercity push pull train Zürich-Lugano with leading cab car Bt and Re 460 in the rear is coming from the GBT line bypass of Biasca, while Hupac intermodal train 43075 with locomotive Re 474 # 005 is slowly nearing from Biasca, to follow the Intercity towards Bellinzona.





http://www.railpictures.net/photo/600294/
Georg Trüb, December 22, 2016, Biasca GBT bypass
Intercity tilting train RABDe 500 is running the IC 867 from Zürich to Lugano on the Gotthard Base Tunnel bypass line of Biasca.





http://www.railpictures.net/photo/602052/
Georg Trüb, January 07, 2017, Rynächt
North portal of the world's longest railway tunnel, the 57 kilometer (35.4 miles) long Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) between Pollegio in the Ticino to Rynächt near Erstfeld, canton Uri. Highspeed tilting train ETR 610 # 001 of Trenitalia from Milan to Basel via Lucerne is leaving the tunnel after a ride of about 20 minutes. The red builing is the information center Erstfeld of the Alptransit company, which built the GBT by order of the Federal Office of Transport (FOT/BAV). The Infocenter closed in December 2016, the GBT is finished and in operation.
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David Gubler, January 13, 2017, Prime Tower Zürich
Nightly view of Zürich HB from the Prime Tower ("Clouds" bar).
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Georg Trüb, February 11, 2017, between Samedan and Celerina
Two ABe 4/16 "STZ" (Stammnetz-Triebzüge/Trainsets for the main network) # 3102 and 310x are running as RE 2119 reinforcement train from Chur to St. Moritz on the occasion of the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships 2017. This type is not seen in the Engadine valley usually, but running between Thusis, Chur and Schiers.
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Whoa.

Snow & powerful locomotives.

Amazing combination.
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Georg Trüb, February 22, 2017, between Mellingen and Dätwil
Test run of the "Twindexx" double deck Intercity train RABDe 502 # 002 from Bombardier for the SBB. This is the 8 car/200 meter IC version with dining car (red band on the fourth car), family (in the one front car with the dragon) and baggage (in the other front car, with special loading door) compartments. The train circulated between Mellingen and Baden Oberstadt for measurements of parasitic currents.
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Georg Trüb, February 23, 2017, between Sulgen and Erlen
Electrolocomotive Eea 936 # 131 (with a battery for the "last mile") of Stadler Rail is pulling lowfloor cars with a cab car of a "Giruno" highspeed train RABe 501 from the Stadler work in Bussnang to the commissioning center in Erlen.
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Georg Trüb, February 26, 2017, between Bernina Lagalb and Ospizio Bernina
The self propelled 0-6-0+0-6-0 steam rotary snow blower Xrot d # 9213 from 1910 is ready for action near the "Wasserscheide", on about 2230 meter a.s.l., the divide between Inn - Black Sea and Po - Adriatic Sea. The snow scraper X # 9132 pulled some snow from the sides into the middle of the track and the snow blower will sling it away soon. It's the steam rotary demonstration event of February 2017.
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Georg Trüb, March 04, 2017, Ospizio Bernina
Railcars ABe 4/4 # 53 and 56 in Ospizio Bernina, highest point on the Rhaetian Railway network at 2253 meter a.s.l., with train 1649 from St. Moritz to Tirano. Note the large amount of fresh snow on the right, brought in by a heavy snow storm from the south.
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