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Old September 24th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #1341
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The Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway (Dampfbahn Furka-Bergstrecke DFB) is one of the heritage railways in Switzerland which still operate with steam traction.



The photo was taken last year!!



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Old September 24th, 2013, 12:46 AM   #1342
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Before they had the Furka Base Tunnel built in 1980, was that line electrified? If no, which sectors of the Matterhorn railway were electrified? Only east of Andermatt and west of Visp?
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Old September 24th, 2013, 07:09 AM   #1343
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Before they had the Furka Base Tunnel built in 1980, was that line electrified? If no, which sectors of the Matterhorn railway were electrified? Only east of Andermatt and west of Visp?
The line was electrified in 1942 and the locomotives sold to Vietnam. Most of those locomotives (and some others) have now returned.
The line was however never kept open during winter. The overhead would be removed in fall, and reinstalled in spring.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 07:11 AM   #1344
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The Brienzer Rothorn Bahn is still mostly steam operated, and interestingly, operates steam locomotives that are only a few decades old:
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Old September 24th, 2013, 06:12 PM   #1345
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The very elegant steam locomotive A 3/5 705 from 1904

Cool loco!
Interesting logo. Is it a crossbow?
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Old September 24th, 2013, 06:42 PM   #1346
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No, I don't think it's a logo.. More like a measuring device for something.

The polished metals are really nice looking on this loco!





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Old September 27th, 2013, 11:14 AM   #1347
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The Mesolcina railway/Misoxerbahn will run again on 6, 13, 20 and 27 October, then it will be closed forever and next year demolished, with the exception of the tracks around the depot (first photo) where most of the rail vehicles will be parked. The club managing the railway will continue to survive, although for the time being without a railway. The line was 32 km long when opened, but after the closure of passenger service in 1972 and damages due to bad weather in 1978, the line was reduced to 13 km and used by freight trains until 2003. The depot in the first photo was built after 1978, as the original depot was located uphill in the valley, after the damaged section of line, and thus was no more accessible by trains.

The landscape of the line is not as attractive as most other tourist railways in Switzerland, but if you are a rail enthusiast already travelling around Bellinzona, then it might be worth a last visit. Note that there is not much to do at the Cama terminus, except walking and a pair of restaurants.

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from Castione, terminus of TILO lines S10 and S20, at 10.50 and 15.00
from Cama, end of the line, at 13.55 and 16.55
travel time around 30 minutes, with 6 intermediate stops

http://www.seft-fm.ch/orari.php?lang=IT (Italian)
http://www.seft-fm.ch/orari.php?lang=DE (German)

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Old September 27th, 2013, 06:59 PM   #1348
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Had it been joined to the Rhaetian Bahn network over San Bernardino pass as originally planned, the line would be still used for regular passenger traffic between Ticino and Graubunden. That's the only major gap in the Swiss rail network. Of course now it's too late to build local lines like that...
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Old October 2nd, 2013, 02:22 PM   #1349
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Double-decker train RABe 511 for regional traffic



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Old October 3rd, 2013, 03:24 PM   #1350
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Update from the Durchmesser Line Zurich:



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Old October 3rd, 2013, 11:48 PM   #1351
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thanks swiss forumers for sharing this pictures
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Old October 6th, 2013, 04:44 AM   #1352
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Old October 6th, 2013, 12:39 PM   #1353
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that's a powerful zoom this camera has. I love the images from Lavaux in 1'45''. Thanks for sharing!
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Old October 6th, 2013, 06:27 PM   #1354
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The train is really famous, it's in the intro of TBBT.
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The train is really famous, it's in the intro of TBBT.
The train in the opening credits of The Big Bang Theory is an RABDe500, this one:



In the video by Nexis is also an ETR.610, used for traffic to Italy. I know, they do look somewhat similar (and both are tilting, 7 car trainsets).

An interesting bit of RABe500 trivia: All the train sets carry the name of a famous Swiss person. Nr. 007 has been named "Albert Einstein". I hope that's the one in the picture in the opening credits to TBBT. It would be so appropriate...
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Old October 7th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #1356
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RABDe 500 005 "Heinrich Pestalozzi"




RABDe 500 015 "Jean-Jacques Rousseau" and 500 023 "Charles Ferdinand Ramuz"

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Question: which lines run (almost) always on the left or on the right in Switzerland? Is there a map for that?
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Old October 7th, 2013, 07:31 PM   #1358
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Those run on the right:
* DB liens around Basel and Schaffhausen (as in Germany)
* the central section of the Vereina tunnel, the street running section in Chur, and maybe also the few other double track RhB lines
* the CEVA line in Geneva will probably be operated on the right (because of a three track section near Cornavin, where the central track will be used by trains leaving the station, the lateral ones for trains entering it)
* the RBS, except the last double track section near Solothurn (because on the Berne side some decades ago there was some street running)
* maybe the BOB (Interlaken-Lauterbrunnen/Grindelwald) and the WAB (Lauterbrunnen-Grindelwald) and some other narrow gauge lines which have or had street running

All the other lines as far I know run on the left.

Beside the exceptions above, sometimes trains might run on the right for operational reason. It happened in summer 2012, when on the northern Gotthard ramp all trains ran on the right between Gurtnellen and Göschenen, I suppose because following the rockfall the left track was closed. As climbing trains had to switch to the right track (the only one available in the damaged section), to go left again after the damaged section they probably should have had to slow down on a low speed switch. Continuing straight on the right track probably avoided decelerating trains, which is a problem for uphill freight trains.

Because of similar reasons on other occasions trains might run on the uncommon side of the railway (rail switches nearly always have a speed limit on one of the two branches, usually standardized in each country, like 40/60/90/... in Switzerland and 30/60/100 in Italy, with no intermediate design speed between, say, 30 and 60).
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The train in the opening credits of The Big Bang Theory is an RABDe500, this one:
Oh my mistake, yeah, in the video it's a RADBe500. I just couldn't spot the difference, it's just one letter and I am dyslectic.
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Oh my mistake, yeah, in the video it's a RADBe500. I just couldn't spot the difference, it's just one letter and I am dyslectic.
Maybe it helps if you know what it means:
R : "Rapide", means that the train can travel according to the R speed profile.
ABD : Has first (A), second (B) accomodation, and a luggage compartment (D). Third class (C) isn't used anymore. The letters ABCD always get put in alphabetical order :-)
e : electric

Then comes the class: 500. Previously SBB would put there the number of powered/non powered axles. So in the old style this would have been a RABDe 8/28
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