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Old March 29th, 2013, 03:49 PM   #1141
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Snow blowing on the Bernina line

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Regular passenger train with spur plow:



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Old April 18th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #1142
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How will look Geneva tracks after the conversion from 1500 V DC to 25 kV AC of the line to France and the construction of some convertible sections (15 or 25 kV AC):

[IMG]http://i48.************/axi5nb.jpg[/IMG]

From the 2012 HS-links report: http://www.bav.admin.ch/hgv/01872/01...x.html?lang=de
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Old April 19th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #1143
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Why is the 1,5 kV section converted into switchable (15 kV / 25 kV) and dedicated 25 kV sections? It doesn't look like the French will be making changes on their side of the border, are they?
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Old April 19th, 2013, 07:51 AM   #1144
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Why is the 1,5 kV section converted into switchable (15 kV / 25 kV) and dedicated 25 kV sections? It doesn't look like the French will be making changes on their side of the border, are they?
Eventually the French will get rid of the 1,5 kV too. And that is why the SBB doesn't want to invest in 1,5kV catenary.
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Old April 19th, 2013, 10:52 AM   #1145
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The French plan to convert the line from Bellegarde (included) to the border to 25 kV, so as to eliminate the short DC section near Bellegarde between Bourg en Bresse and Geneva.

The electric infrastructure (wires, poles, substations) would have to be entirely replaced anyway as it's old, so the SBB prefer to switch to AC also because with the CEVA line under construction suburban trains will reach Annemasse, which uses 25 kV AC, so keeping also DC would have meant ordering 3-current AC/DC suburban trains (instead of just 2-current AC only, which are cheaper).

See the French map: http://www.bueker.net/trainspotting/...nce/france.gif
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Old April 21st, 2013, 06:42 PM   #1146
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The new Löwenstrasse through station in Zürich, pictures from http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/zuerich/st...eb-1.18065439#

The raw construction work is completed. Work on installing the tunnel infrastructure systems is progressing well. Opening of the line is scheduled for 15 June 2014.









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Old April 21st, 2013, 06:49 PM   #1149
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Would that date then signify the end of construction works in and around Zurich main station? I've already forgotten how it is without never ending construction there...
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 11:49 AM   #1150
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20th April 2013

Airolo:

[IMG]http://i34.************/1g1289.jpg[/IMG]

Göschenen:

[IMG]http://i33.************/257dnqc.jpg[/IMG]

Göschenen:

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[IMG]http://i37.************/nd7bzb.jpg[/IMG]
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 11:52 AM   #1151
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Late snow?

It will make for a nice thaw season.
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I should go grab my skis again from the basement, maybe it was too early to store them
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semi-related question: has this harsh winter put enough snow to bring the level of hydro dams up to their maximums?
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semi-related question: has this harsh winter put enough snow to bring the level of hydro dams up to their maximums?
It wasn't really a particularly harsh winter. Just a freak late snow storm

I went hiking around Sihlsee two weeks ago and the water level there was very low...
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semi-related question: has this harsh winter put enough snow to bring the level of hydro dams up to their maximums?
On the contrary, the dams are empty since it has rained a lot in the plateau but apparently not in the mountains there even was a mass-death of fish in the Grisons some weeks ago due to lack of water: link

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Dans les Grisons, le degré de remplissage n'atteignait que 9,6% à la fin du mois passé, selon des chiffres mis en ligne lundi dernier sur le site de l'OFEN. En Valais, il se situait à 11,3%, au Tessin à 14,9% et dans le reste de la Suisse à 17,2%
9.6% full in Grisons, 11.3% in Valais, 14.9% in Ticino, on average for the country, 12.5%
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semi-related question: has this harsh winter put enough snow to bring the level of hydro dams up to their maximums?
The dams are usually at their maximum at the end of summer. The snow has to melt first. Right now they are actually at their lowest.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 11:20 AM   #1157
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semi-related question: has this harsh winter put enough snow to bring the level of hydro dams up to their maximums?
No way, in winter they are always low:

As you see, we get most rain in summer. The amount of water in snow is usually overestimated.
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 11:44 AM   #1158
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Old April 24th, 2013, 12:18 AM   #1159
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I should go grab my skis again from the basement, maybe it was too early to store them
I used the Gotthard line again, yesterday there was no snow at all in Airolo, just two days after! And just a small layer of snow in Göschenen. Today most of the snow disappeared (just some traces in Göschenen, and the entirely white tops of the mountains).
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569m?
Probably ETH Hönggerberg.
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