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Old October 9th, 2008, 02:33 PM   #61
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I was also there! Took a lot of pics but they turned out to be quite bad except at the beginning of act 2 where I was standing in first row by chance

Impressive, great actors and superb location. I hope they will make a DVD and cut out all this unnecessary talking they showed on TV. I am also not a big Traviata fan, but that was really unique

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Old October 14th, 2008, 11:35 PM   #62
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Here is the 1st Act until the moment when Alfredo leaves the scene with the intercity train. :-)

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Old January 10th, 2009, 07:36 PM   #63
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SWITZERLAND | Railways

I want to introduce you this small train. The line is 3 km long. Only 3 little bridges. 1 train every hour, 2 in the rush hours. 2 Stations and 2 stops.
ORBE-CHAVORNAY oc (Orbe pop. 4500 - Chavornay pop. 2800) Nespresso has a private station in Orbe.









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Old January 10th, 2009, 09:27 PM   #64
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cute!
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Old January 11th, 2009, 12:29 AM   #65
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That's silly. Why don't they just a bus?

We have one of these in the US, too. the Princeton Branch in New Jersey.
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Old January 11th, 2009, 01:22 AM   #66
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That's silly. Why don't they just a bus?

We have one of these in the US, too. the Princeton Branch in New Jersey.
Orbe has many industries. Nespresso products are made here, they use the line to connect in Chavornay with the federal swiss rail company, and the rest of Europa. It was the first electrified line in the country in 1893 I think...it's more ecological than a bus. Maybe a bus will be more efficient, but it's a part of the regional identity...Have you pics from the Princeton Branch? Sorry my englisch isn't fluent, I hope it's clear...:-)
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Old January 11th, 2009, 01:29 AM   #67
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Brilliant-- A beautifull little railway and countryside, as only the swiss can do.
This is what public transport is all about.To compare this with a major city Metro network is wrong. This little line runs on CLEAN energy-- no POLLUTING diesel busses needed here!
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Old January 11th, 2009, 02:19 AM   #68
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Brilliant-- A beautifull little railway and countryside, as only the swiss can do.
This is what public transport is all about.To compare this with a major city Metro network is wrong. This little line runs on CLEAN energy-- no POLLUTING diesel busses needed here!
Yes you're right, we use hydraulic energy. The river through the village give the electricity for houses too. It's a bit expansive but a good solution.
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Old January 11th, 2009, 02:41 AM   #69
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That's silly. Why don't they just a bus?
Because the line has a lot of goods trains (compared to other branch lines), so the passenger service is created with little extra costs. Even the passenger rolling stock doesn't represent a great cost: there have been only 5 EMU since the opening in the XIX century: number 11, a two axle railcar built about in 1893, 12 and 13 arived in about 1913 (third photo), 14 (first and second photos, in the '80), and 15 (third photo, bought second hand in 2007-2008).

Interestingly the line is electrified with 750 V DC, but all other mainline railways use 15 kV 16,7 Hz AC. So freight often use diesel locomotives, but there are also a few 750 V DC electric locos, but they can't be used on AC or diesel tracks.
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Old January 11th, 2009, 05:11 AM   #70
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Yes you're right, we use hydraulic energy. The river through the village give the electricity for houses too. It's a bit expansive but a good solution.
i assume you mean hydroelectric :P
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Old January 11th, 2009, 09:09 PM   #71
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Nice, Switzerland has even more of these kind of these lines.

Meiringen-Innertkirchen-Bahn, MIB (4.99 km)
Bulle – Broc-Fabrique, (5,44 km)

And much more longer lines that on first sight go from nowhere to nowhere, but still are in use and provide a good service to the local communities.
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Old January 12th, 2009, 12:06 AM   #72
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Did you recognize those strange looking lower headlights? They serve also as side buffers!

The Trossinger Railway is an other quit similar short line in Germany. The 1898 commissioned standard gauge line is 5 km long and electrified with 600 V.
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Old January 12th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #73
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Old January 13th, 2009, 06:43 AM   #74
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wow... cute
3kms ain't that much... if i was late to train i'll probably went by foot
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Old January 13th, 2009, 12:25 PM   #75
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Yeah, really cute. I like this kind of railway tracks
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Old January 14th, 2009, 03:05 AM   #76
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I wonder how long the worlds shortest railway is?
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Old January 16th, 2009, 11:56 PM   #77
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The Mühleggbahn in St Gallen, Switzerland, is only 300 m (0.2 miles) long, but until recently was a real rack railway, with standard tracks and one single vehicle, which was indipendent. Now it's a funicular.

This was apparently the only EMU of the line:



From: http://www.st-georgen.ch/geschichtliches.htm

Wikipedia: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mühleggbahn

The Rheineck-Walzenhausen line, also near St Gallen, is less than 2 km long, has one single EMU, and only one switch (point) leading to the depot. Originally there were two lines: one funicular (1200 mm gauge) and one standard gauge railway. This railway was only 800 m long, but even if it used 1435 mm gauge, it was not connecetd to the mainline near one of its two stations. It had one electric three-phase EMU (feed via two overhead wires) and a diesel DMU.

The line use the strange 1200 mm gauge, used elsewhere probably on one rack railway in Italy and, as 1220 mm, in the Glasgow Subway.
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Old May 9th, 2009, 12:20 PM   #78
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Switzerland: Suburban Service in Steam ?

Steam technology is not at its end but has a bad reputation of being outdated since most of the development stopped at the end of WWII. Switzerland is known to have banned steam engines on non-touristic railroads since years. Exaclty in this country there will maybe a commuter service with steam engines in future. They will be more attractive for tourists and may have even lower emission values as diesel engines.

Nowadays the electric commuter service on the line S9 of the Basel region is highly deficient. The old Hauenstein summit line is leading thru beautiful landscape and is sometimes used as deviation line in case the new base tunnel is closed due to incidents or maintenance work. See also the map in Wikipedia, the old summit line is between Sissach and Olten shown on the left part of the graphic.

The idea of a local initiative is to introduce a modern steam train with low-floor coaches in push pull technology. The steam locomotive will be in latest technology and can be also operated by the cab car of the train. The service shall attract commuters during morning and evening hours as well as tourist from the Basel area during day time.







The train shall consist of a Mikado type tank locomotive, one intermediate car and the pilot car. The cars shall have air-conditioned sections with extra large windows and sections were the windows can be pulled down like in traditional railroad coaches. At least 80% of the compartments shall be low-floor. The train shall be equipped with a stat-of-the-art passenger information system.

Technical Data:
Seats: 150 – 180
Length: 70 m
Wide: 3 m
Power: 2.2 MW
Vmax: 120 km/h

Manufacturer of the steam engine: DLM.

More information can be found on Modern Steam Hauenstein.

The concept is already backed by some studies but this year the steam train attraction shall be tested during fall holydays in Switzerland. There will be two to three steam trains on the line every day from September 26th till October 11th . The train will be operated by 52 8055 and will also have a restaurant car.

The 52 8055 is a freight locomotive built during war time in Germany and completely remodelled n 2003. The works carried out did not had the aim of a restoration but intended to build a an efficient steam locomotive for service in the tourist train business. Therefore the work included fitting of a light oil firing, roller bearings and improved boiler insulation. The geometry of steam flow was improved to reduce losses due to turbulences. Furthermore the balancing of the masses was adjusted.


52 8055 with train on the Rümlinger viaduct, one of the landmark points on the Hauenstein summit line.
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Old May 10th, 2009, 12:50 AM   #79
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You know I always though steam engines were inefficient hence why they became outdated in the 1940's.
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Old May 10th, 2009, 12:41 PM   #80
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It is not 1st April, right?
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