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Old March 13th, 2017, 05:53 AM   #2581
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Is there a map of sections of standard gauge network that require helpers on regular service?
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Old March 14th, 2017, 12:57 AM   #2582
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These are:
* Gotthard (Erstfeld-Rivera Bironico, sometimes up to/from Chiasso)
* Simplon-Lötschberg (Frutigen-Domodossola)
* Arth Goldau-Pfäffikon SZ for passenger trains because of the 50 per mil incline
On all these routes bank engines are added and detached on the summit point (sometimes beyond, for instance a a bank engine might run from Erstfeld to Rivera Bironico or Chiasso even if downhill it is not needed, to avoid extra manoeuvres as the ramp sections are not continuous).

In addition, passengers trains need more engines from Lausanne towards Bern, but these are usually always attached, they aren't used only on the ramp section.

On the Brünig and MGB lines bank engines are used to transfer locos and EMUs without rack on sections that need it.

Bank engines might be used on other lines for heavier freights (for instance, Lausanne-Vallorbe), but there aren't much of them.

Visp-Brig-Andermatt-Göschenen trains leave some coaches in Andermatt as the line from there to Göschenen is too steep (180 per mil IIRC) to carry them all.
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Old March 14th, 2017, 02:07 AM   #2583
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http://www.railpictures.net/photo/607229/
David Gubler, Langwies Viaduct, February 18, 2017
A local train to Chur crosses the Langwies Viaduct.
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Old March 15th, 2017, 08:19 AM   #2584
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The railroads in Switzerland are very unique and picturesque.
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Old March 18th, 2017, 03:57 AM   #2585
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Georg Trüb, March 14, 2017, Eglisau
Fire fighting and rescue train "LRZ 08" of Winterthur with Xans 99 85 9375 005-7, XTmas 99 85 9177 005-7 and XTmas 99 85 9174 005-0 is crossing the Rhine between Hüntwangen and Eglisau on a training run from Schaffhausen to Zürich Seebach.
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Old March 22nd, 2017, 03:41 AM   #2586
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Georg Trüb, March 04, 2017, Ospizio Bernina
Railcars ABe 4/4 # 53 and 56 arrived in Ospizio Bernina, highest point on the Rhaetian Railway network, with train 1629 from St.Moritz to Poschiavo. Heavy wind and snowfall.
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Old March 26th, 2017, 09:25 PM   #2587
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On 22nd March at 13:58 ETR 610.002 (a Trenitalia unit) derailed when leaving Lucerne station. There were only 7 minor injuries, but there have been serious damages to switches, tracks, overhead wires, signalling and so on. Traffic will be reactivated only tomorrow morning (26th March). The metre gauge line to Engelberg/Interlaken was reactivated quite quickly, all the standard gauge lines have been closed with trains terminating the stations before Lucerne.

http://www.bahnonline.ch/bo/blog/225...st-22-3-17.htm
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Old April 13th, 2017, 01:21 AM   #2588
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Georg Trüb, March 30, 2017, between Sulgen and Erlen
Transport of three cars for the new GIRUNO RABe 501 # 002 highspeed train for the SBB, from Stadler Rail's Bussnang plant to the commissioning center Erlen, loaded on 4 lowfloor freight cars.
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Old April 13th, 2017, 09:50 AM   #2589
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Why can't it just be put on its own wheels and hauled ?
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Old April 13th, 2017, 10:34 PM   #2590
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Maybe Stadler are using a new sort of bogie that hasn't been approved for use yet?
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Old April 14th, 2017, 02:14 AM   #2591
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Why can't it just be put on its own wheels and hauled ?
Not certified / no operational certificate yet
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Old April 14th, 2017, 03:15 AM   #2592
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Not only that, but the train has an articulated design with Jacobs bogies between the cars. Check the wikipedia entry:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobs_bogie
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Jacobs bogies (named after Wilhelm Jakobs, 1858–1942, a German railway engineer) are a type of rail vehicle bogie commonly found on articulated railcars and tramway vehicles.

Instead of being underneath a piece of rolling stock, Jacobs bogies are placed between two carbody sections. The weight of each car is spread on one half of the Jacobs bogie.
(...)

Advantages

- Safety, because the trains are less prone to collapse like an accordion after derailing. A TGV has been recorded as having derailed at a speed close to 300 km/h with no resultant loss of life or severe injuries among its passengers.
- Lower weight and simpler and cheaper construction because bogies are heavy, expensive, and complex structures.
- Less rail squeal and other wheel-to-rail noise because of fewer bogies.

Disadvantages

- The vehicles are semi-permanently coupled and can only be separated in the workshop. However, some flexibility may be achieved by coupling two or three trains together.
- Fewer bogies and fewer wheels mean greater axle loads – if everything else is equal.
- As cars are only supported at their ends, the middle of each carriage will describe a wider path on curves than independently-supported cars, thus requiring a wider loading gauge.
As the train is not finished yet (it should consist of 11 cars overall), it is clear that these transfer runs are made on lowfloor freigth cars.

Some more detailed photos of the bogie when it's completed, as shown at Innotrans 2016 in Berlin:



source: http://www.bahnonline.ch/bo/blog/148...c250giruno.htm
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Why are they using Jacob bogies on long-distance single-floor trains?
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Old April 15th, 2017, 11:49 AM   #2594
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Because articulated design offers more passenger friendly interiors than separate coaches perhaps ?
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Old April 15th, 2017, 03:14 PM   #2595
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It might be also more secure because it makes the train more rigid in case of accident.
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Old April 15th, 2017, 10:59 PM   #2596
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Why are they using Jacob bogies on long-distance single-floor trains?
Why not? It's not as if this is a new thing...
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Old April 25th, 2017, 10:10 AM   #2597
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Switzerland Jumps on the Moe Train with Rhaetian Railway Mascot
Cross-cultural collaboration promotes the JapAniManga Night convention taking place in Davos on May 26 - 28

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April 22, 2017 7:33pm +07 (2 days ago)


The moe phenomenon continues to conquer the world with a new collaboration between Japan and Switzerland: an original moe character named Nozomi that represents the Swiss Rhaetian Railway company.

Nozomi is illustrated by Pixiv artist Nekogamirin_c based on a concept by Rayun (@rayunch), a civil servant in Zurich who moonlights as an otaku cultural ambassador. Nozomi's uniform combines elements from both the uniforms of Rhaetian Railway employees in Switzerland and from the uniforms of Hakone Tozan Railway employees in Japan.

The character of Nozomi was created as part of the promotions for the 17th JapAniManga Night convention, which will be held from May 26 - 28, 2017, in Davos, Graubünden, Switzerland. The event is a celebration of Japanese culture, including food, cosplay, and music events. Voice actress / singer Kaori Sadohara is scheduled to attend as a guest.


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Old April 28th, 2017, 09:40 PM   #2598
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The first Giruno EC250 highspeed train for the SBB, RABe 501 001, was seen today in Romanshorn on its very first self propelled run :



Some data from the Stadler rail website https://wwwstadlerrailcom-live-01e96...250_sbb_en.pdf:

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ELECTRIC HIGH-SPEED MULTIPLE UNIT EC250

In October 2014, SBB ordered 29 eleven-part EC250 electric multi-system multiple units from Stadler. The multiple units, which
SBB has named «Giruno», will travel through the Gotthard Base Tunnel as of 2019, connecting Zurich with Milan, and later Frankfurt
with Milan, in record time. The trains have TSI certification and are approved for use in the railway networks of Switzerland, Germany,
Italy and Austria. They are used both for conventional lines and on high-speed routes at up to 250 km/h. The platform level
entry for platforms with heights of 55 and 76 cm, the pressure-tight, air-conditioned passenger compartments and driver’s cabs
and the multifunctional and bicycle compartments in the passenger area set new standards for rail travel with regard to comfort.
The screens of the digital information system are visible to all passengers. The train has been specifically designed to meet the
needs of people with restricted mobility in accordance with the Swiss law on equal rights for persons of restricted mobility.

Vehicle data
Customer: SBB AG
Operated networks: approved for CH, DE, IT and AT
Gauge: 1435 mm
Designation: RABe 501
Supply voltage: 15 kV, 16.7 Hz/25 kV, 50 Hz/3 kV
Axle arrangement: 2’ Bo’ Bo’ 2’ 2’ 2’ 2’ Bo’ Bo’ 2’ 2’ 2’
Number of vehicles: 29
Delivery: 2019–2021
(Test drives for approval: 2017–2018)
Seating capacity: 405 (1st class 117 / 2nd class 288)
Dining car seats: 17
Floor height
Low-floor: 940 mm
High-floor: 1200 mm
Entrance width: 900 mm
Axial thrust: 1500 kN
Length over coupling: 202000 mm
Vehicle width: 2900 mm
Vehicle height: 4255 mm
Wheelbase
Motor bogie: 2750 mm
Trailer bogie: 2700 mm
Driving wheel diameter, new: 920 mm
Carrying wheel diameter, new: 920 mm
Max. output at wheel: 6000 kW
Starting tractive effort: 300 kN
Maximum speed: 250 km/h
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This week, Switzerland's second largest train operator BLS announced an order 58 Flirt EMUs from Stadler Rail. The contract volume is worth around CHF 650 million. There will be 30 sets for longer Regio Express services and 28 sets for the regional network around Bern. The sets will be delivered between 2021 and 2026. The announcement marks the largest single order by BLS ever.

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php...m-stadler.html



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Switzerland's new high Speed Train unveiled

STADLER presented the first of 29 Giruno 250km/h electric trains to Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) at a ceremony in Bussnang on May 18 attended by the president of the Swiss Confederation, Ms Doris Leuthard, and the CEO of SBB Mr Andreas Meyer.

Although a five-car Giruno was on show at InnoTrans last year, this is the first 11-car train to be completed. The three-system train is designed for operation in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy, although it will be deployed on the Basle - Zurich - Milan corridor which includes the new Gotthard Base Tunnel. For this reason, Giruno is designed to withstand the huge temperature fluctuations encountered when entering and leaving the tunnel in winter, with special attention being paid to air pressure inside the train, air-conditioning and thermal and acoustic insulation.

Giruno has a low-floor for step-less entry from stations with 55cm and 76cm-high platforms, which will be of particular benefit to disabled passengers who will also have access to special toilets on board. All passengers will have access to 3G/4G mobile signals through a communications amplifier, while power sockets are provided at every seat.

Each train is 202m long and has 117 first-class and 288 second-class seats. There are also multi-functional areas, space for bicycles, large luggage racks, and separate male and female toilets.

The train has a maximum output at the wheel of 6MW and four motorised bogies with each axle driven. Four pantographs are fitted to cope with the different electrification systems in each country. Two trains can operate in multiple if required.

Giruno is certified in accordance with the high-speed train TSI and is designed to meet DIN EN 15227 crash-worthiness standards.

The train will undergo tests at Rail Tec Arsenal in Vienna prior to commissioning. Giruno is due to enter service at the end of 2019, and SBB has an option for 92 additional coaches.

“Giruno is the first ever mass-produced low-floor high-speed multiple unit train,” says Mr Peter Spuhler, CEO and owner of Stadler Rail Group. “It will travel through the longest rail tunnel in the world, and it is the first train ever to meet all of the requirements of the Swiss Disability Discrimination Act. The fact that the two project teams [Stadler and SBB] were able to develop and manufacture this train in just 30 months is a sensational achievement.”





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