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Old June 7th, 2012, 04:38 AM   #801
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What's that tunnel-like structure that is just over halfway up the hill?

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Old June 7th, 2012, 10:30 AM   #802
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The scaffolding platform you see was for the work on this hill that was going on to prevent a landslide like this to happen.
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Old June 8th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #803
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According to the geologists, the rock layers below ground were "rotten" and the maintenance probably wouldn't have been able to prevent this from happening. The railway line is now going to be closed for a whole month!
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Old June 18th, 2012, 10:59 PM   #804
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Old June 19th, 2012, 08:46 AM   #805
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And July 2nd the line supposedly will open again, but the first trains across will be freights. In the mean time SBB is running an extra train pair Zürich - Milano via the Simplon route.
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Old June 19th, 2012, 06:43 PM   #806
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Brenner Railway closed due to renovations, Gotthard line as well... cargo transport must be clogging somewhere.
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Old June 19th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #807
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I see that freight trains have priority when the Brenner on the days it's is open during the renovation. And there will probably more traffic on the Tauern and the Mont Cenis routes. Plus more road traffic, it will be busy on the major alpine roads this summer. Especially in August when the Brenner and the Simplon lines will be closed completely. But the Gotthard should be open again by then, probably running on full capacity with all the extra freight trains.
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Old June 19th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #808
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This weekend I took a holiday trip to the Alps. I drove to Orsieres, and incidentally chose a hotel close to a train station there.

They had some trains parked there marked as "Saint Bernard Express". Is that railway a tourist-only route? Or is it a regular scheduled rail service?
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I see that freight trains have priority when the Brenner on the days it's is open during the renovation. And there will probably more traffic on the Tauern and the Mont Cenis routes. Plus more road traffic, it will be busy on the major alpine roads this summer. Especially in August when the Brenner and the Simplon lines will be closed completely. But the Gotthard should be open again by then, probably running on full capacity with all the extra freight trains.
Tauern line faces a lot of traffic right now, yes.
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Old June 20th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #810
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This weekend I took a holiday trip to the Alps. I drove to Orsieres, and incidentally chose a hotel close to a train station there.

They had some trains parked there marked as "Saint Bernard Express". Is that railway a tourist-only route? Or is it a regular scheduled rail service?
It's a regular scheduled service. The "Saint Bernard Express" is just marketing.
The company responsible is "RegionAlps", a joint venture of the SBB and the Canton of Valais.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 10:53 AM   #811
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Local authorities and two railway clubs in Canton Ticino are thinking to build a transport museum and run historic trains on the old Gotthard railway after the opening of the new line. In Biasca there are the unused buildings used before as depots and workshops, while one of the clubs has standard gauge steam and electric locomotives, together with coaches. In the last two years this club has run a couple of Valmorea/Luino (both in Italy)-Zürich/Lucerne steam trains which were successful with around 600 passengers each. With the closure of their railway, also the members of the Mesolcinese railway club may help. On the other side of the Gotthard massif, in Erstfeld, there is also a depot of SBB Historic.
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won't they keep the old railway for shuttles like the Loestschberg?
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There will still be an hourly Interregio service from (Zurich-) Arth-Goldau to Bellinzona (-Locarno/Lugano) via the old line...
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Will they give it some silly name like "Great Gotthard Express" to attract tourism? Though the line there is nothing like the Raitschebahn...
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Old June 26th, 2012, 09:28 PM   #815
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The new Stadler KISS double-deck trains got into service two weeks ago between Genève and Lausanne and soon past Lausanne towards Vevey as a handful of small bridges had to be demolished.

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in Renens VD the day after their introduction


Although they mostly travel in double composition (674 seats in total).

I have to say they're seriously comfortable, specially compared to the trains they're remplacing, but I will miss being able to open the windows and feel the fresh air
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Old June 26th, 2012, 10:08 PM   #816
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I have to say they're seriously comfortable, specially compared to the trains they're remplacing, but I will miss being able to open the windows and feel the fresh air
Open windows is so 1988....

In any case, it is interesting to see Stadler expanding its reach.,
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won't they keep the old railway for shuttles like the Loestschberg?
There will be shuttle probably only during the 3+2 months closure of the road tunnel.

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There will still be an hourly Interregio service from (Zurich-) Arth-Goldau to Bellinzona (-Locarno/Lugano) via the old line...
Maybe two per hour on peak days, like now.
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Open windows is so 1988....
I have to agree with you on that: a good air conditioning system is way better than having passengers opening and closing windows as they see fit. And it's more quiet.
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In any case, it is interesting to see Stadler expanding its reach.,
Yes, definitely. Now that they've introduced first double decker trains, who knows what more we can expect from them. Next up, high speed trains?
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Old June 26th, 2012, 10:40 PM   #819
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Stadler might submit an offer for the 29 trains for international traffic for the SBB, although the bid doesn't require them to be high speed (minimum required speed is 249 km/h, this because starting from 250 km/h the TSI requirements are stricter and more expensive - the bidders are free to propose trains with a higher speed, though).
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Maybe Stadler should partner with Ansaldo Breda, which has a lot of spare capacity, and try to get the Italian government throwing some stimulus help to make costs cheaper for exports to CH... all this given AnsaldoBreda is rumored to be looking for some partner on the intercity market to share development costs after no more orders were placed for IC4 and the V250, which hasn't payed its development costs yet.

Or maybe SBB could order some V250 on the cheap and have a fleet of high-speed trains for international services like Milano-Zurich.
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