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Old November 23rd, 2013, 05:10 AM   #1381
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 01:40 PM   #1382
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Waas that Sitter viaduct originally only masonry arches later partially replaced with the central steel structure?
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 04:22 PM   #1383
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Yes, the Sitter viaduct is the highest railway bridge in Switzerland (some sources say it's 98 or 99 m high..). The steel structure was there from the beginning, look at these photos:





source: http://memoria.sg/aufnahmen/kubelstrasse-sitterviadukt

It's not the only bridge there in the narrow valley. On the upper part of the picture the Sitter viaduct, in the middle the bridge of the main line from St. Gallen to Zürich and on the bottom the old and new road bridges:



source: http://www.seniorweb.ch/type/forum-t...ruecken?page=1
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Old November 23rd, 2013, 10:39 PM   #1384
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94 m high Sitter viaduct near St. Gallen:

I don't think I've evern seen before a 4 FLIRT composition, maybe on BLS but never on CFF. Is it common on the line? are they common services like those operated by BLS where the trains divide afterwards to serve different destinations? edit: sorry, I just noticed these are actually not CFF trains!


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Old November 23rd, 2013, 11:59 PM   #1385
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These Flirts belong to SOB, and are certainly making a test run. In Switzerland there are never in normal service consists of more than two Flirts, all of these with 4+4 coaches (except TILO, which oeprates the only 6-car Swiss Flirts, which also run as 6+4 or -only on a few RE services- 6+6).
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Old November 25th, 2013, 11:50 AM   #1386
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I don't think I've evern seen before a 4 FLIRT composition, maybe on BLS but never on CFF. Is it common on the line? are they common services like those operated by BLS where the trains divide afterwards to serve different destinations? edit: sorry, I just noticed these are actually not CFF trains!
They look photoshopped in to me, the colour just doesn't seem right.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 08:28 PM   #1387
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They aren't. Of course it isn't the SBB paint scheme as these aren't SBB trains.
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schweiz...%C3%BCdostbahn
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Old November 25th, 2013, 10:41 PM   #1388
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That's how Göschenen looked like last Saturday. The first photo shows a narrow gauge train waiting to leave for Andermatt, the second is the Gotthard tunnel (the left bore merges with the right one after half a kilometre).

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And then Andermatt.

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Old November 26th, 2013, 12:30 AM   #1389
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And this is how it looks above the clouds, on the Rigibahn:





All photos by Georg Trüb/railpictures.net
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Old November 26th, 2013, 02:52 AM   #1390
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Question: are normal train passes accepted for travel on RMB? I know they aren't on the Jungfraubahn, but I don't know about RMB tracks.
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Old November 26th, 2013, 05:58 AM   #1391
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They look photoshopped in to me, the colour just doesn't seem right.
I had the exact same impression of that pic. The trains just look too shiny and clean or something.
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Question: are normal train passes accepted for travel on RMB? I know they aren't on the Jungfraubahn, but I don't know about RMB tracks.
There is no RMB, but if it is the Rigibahn you are talking about, yes, passes are accepted on that railway.
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I had the exact same impression of that pic. The trains just look too shiny and clean or something.
Well, they're new. You will not often see 4 Flirts mu'ed together, except during tests right after delivery...
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Old November 26th, 2013, 02:01 PM   #1394
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Also keep in mind that the photo obviously was taken on a very cloudy winter day --> diffuse light and probably a lot more of it on top than down in the valley. If you want to get the right exposition on the bridge and the buildings, you'll have to accept overexposure on the trains.
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There is no RMB, but if it is the Rigibahn you are talking about, yes, passes are accepted on that railway.
Sorry, I was asking about the MAttherhorn Gotthard Bahn.

I was asking out of curiosity. A colleague of mine was planing to travel there with a third-party rail pass that is not accepted there, ans I was wondering whether domestic passes cover the route.
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Old November 26th, 2013, 07:18 PM   #1396
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Sorry, I was asking about the MAttherhorn Gotthard Bahn. I was asking out of curiosity. A colleague of mine was planing to travel there with a third-party rail pass that is not accepted there, ans I was wondering whether domestic passes cover the route.
Swiss Pass, GA etc. are valid on the MGB. They are valid on all "public transport", so on any service that serves a place that is permanently settled.
With Interrail it's more complicated. Quite complicated in fact. With such a pass you get 50% off on MGB
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Old November 26th, 2013, 08:33 PM   #1397
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Letzigraben Bridge, 1156m, 2011 - 2015

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http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/zuerich/...story/30112613
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Old November 27th, 2013, 07:07 AM   #1398
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Time-lapse cab-ride Zermatt-Görnergrat



Does anybody know why do they use wooden panels instead of concrete slabs on these avalanche tunnels at 0:25 and 1:10 ?
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Old November 27th, 2013, 07:59 AM   #1399
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Maybe they are lighter? Wood are actually a kind of low-technology version of all those fancy lightweight synthetic polymers.
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I'm pretty sure they do demount them for summer season. The only purpose those wood barriers fulfill is that of a snow fence i. e. to keep snow drifted by snow away from the track. Wood is the cheapest and sturdiest way to build a removable barrier. Concrete slabs would be a very stupid choice as you'd probably need a crane to move them.
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