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Old October 8th, 2013, 12:29 PM   #1361
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* the RBS, except the last double track section near Solothurn (because on the Berne side some decades ago there was some street running)
The RBS actually runs on the right from Bern to Zollikofen, and then on the left from Zollikofen to Jegenstorf. On the double track section in Bätterkinden trains also run on the left. Don't know yet what they'll do on the new secction in Bibberist once that is finished.

Don't know what they'll do once the whole network is double tracked. On the line to Worb running on the right makes sense, but on the line to Solothurn running on the left migth be more usefull... This because of the location of the passenger facilities, in relition to the dominant passenger flows.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 03:49 PM   #1362
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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
Not powered/nonpowered, but powered/total. Otherwise Re 6/6 would have been Re 6/0...
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Old October 8th, 2013, 05:16 PM   #1363
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As it's 7 cars long, it would surely be 8/28 anyway?

7x4 axles is 28, right?
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Old October 9th, 2013, 09:11 AM   #1364
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Not powered/nonpowered, but powered/total. Otherwise Re 6/6 would have been Re 6/0...
You are correct.

However, SBB has now stopped using this type of designation, as locomotives now have all powered axles, and EMUs aren't regularly used as locomotive anymore...
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Old October 20th, 2013, 06:23 PM   #1365
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Old October 31st, 2013, 11:01 PM   #1366
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A world premiere: Starbucks takes to the rails.
In a pilot project, two restaurant cars will be converted into mobile Starbucks cafés with a take-away on the lower deck and table service on the upper deck. In addition, the new Starbucks minibar will make its way through the whole train.

From 21 November 2013, the first double-decker Starbucks will travel twice daily to and from Geneva/Fribourg and St. Gallen, with a second coach set to follow on the same route in spring 2014. Timetable to follow.

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Old November 3rd, 2013, 03:48 PM   #1367
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Interesting... I am not a big Starbucks fan, but I give SBB credit for trying something new. Imho they were also the first ones to have a rolling McDonald's restaurant.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 04:35 PM   #1368
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Yes, that was in the early 1990s..

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Old November 17th, 2013, 11:31 AM   #1369
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Old November 17th, 2013, 01:06 PM   #1370
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Yes, that was in the early 1990s..

That was a fiasco because the smell of fried shit expanded thru all the train
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Old November 17th, 2013, 09:02 PM   #1371
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Plenty of pictures of the Geneva main station refurbishment:
Tribune de Genève

Nothing new, but some are impressive, especially the height of the ceiling! I think the station is going to look awesome when they finish. Nothing new, but according to the video next month we should be able to use again the main hall, and by April next year the station should be finished save for the relocation of temporary business (mainly the CFF shop) which should take until September.

Also, aerial pictures of the CEVA works: Tribune de Genève. These are just nice :P
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Old November 18th, 2013, 10:08 PM   #1372
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Only for around two and half years. The regular timetable change with the opning of the base tunnel will be in December 2016, however freight trains will probably start using it during the summer of the same year. From that December, basically only Stadler Flirts will use that line.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 10:53 PM   #1373
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Question: when will they finish the 2nd track on the Lötschberg tunnel?
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There are no serious plans for a complete second tube (no pressing need really), but there is a plan to fit out the part of the second tube which has been dug but has no rails or infrastructure. I think that would leave only 1/3 as a single track.
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You are quoting your own post #1343
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Old November 18th, 2013, 11:08 PM   #1376
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sorry, I made a bit of confusion...

See here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post108948655
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Old November 18th, 2013, 11:49 PM   #1377
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Surely everybody understood without it being spelled out that it's Lotschberg base tunnel we were referring to...
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Old November 22nd, 2013, 10:42 PM   #1378
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94 m high Sitter viaduct near St. Gallen:

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Old November 23rd, 2013, 12:39 AM   #1379
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 04:29 AM   #1380
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Is that the highest railway bridge in Switzerland?
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