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Old January 27th, 2014, 12:32 AM   #1461
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Old January 28th, 2014, 01:37 AM   #1462
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Old January 30th, 2014, 10:37 AM   #1463
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Switzerland and Italy agree financing for 4m corridor

SWITZERLAND will provide €120m towards gauge enhancement works on the Luino Ranzo – Gallarate/Novara line in northern Italy under an agreement signed in Berne on January 28 by Swiss federal councilor for transport Mrs Doris Leuthard, and Italian transport minister Mr Maurizio Lupi.

The project will upgrade this key freight link between the Swiss border and northern Italy to accommodate semitrailers with a 4m corner height, and is an important part of the Swiss Federal Council's plan to create a continuous 4m corridor from Basle to Northern Italy via the Gotthard Base Tunnel, in line with its modal shift policy.

The agreement also includes a provision for Italy to spend €40m on upgrading the line between Chiasso and Milan. The work mainly involves increasing the loading gauge in tunnels and modifying platform canopies at stations.

This division of financial responsibilities between the two parties was described by Leuthard as being "fair". The agreement is based on a decision made by the Swiss parliament at its winter session to invest €228m in Italy. The next stage will be to transfer the sum of €120m to Italian infrastructure manager RFI under an agreement to be signed with the Swiss Ministry of Transport.

Under the terms of the agreement, the work on both lines should be finished by the end of 2020, when the entire Gotthard base tunnel project including the Ceneri tunnel is due for completion. This will allow the carriage of 4m semitrailers on the entire route through Switzerland to Gallarate/Novara via Luino and Milan via Chiasso.

At present the only 4m rail corridor though Switzerland is the Lötschberg – Simplon route, where capacity is almost exhausted.

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Old January 30th, 2014, 10:40 AM   #1464
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Terminal Basel Nord to start services in 2016

The mediation process concerning Switzerland’s future terminal landscape, initiated by the country’s federal transport office (BAV), has been completed. In keeping with to the outcome, SBB Cargo has now prioritized the work to construct the Basel Nord facility. The aim is to put the terminal into service, as planned, at the end of 2016, and closely involve representatives of the logistics industry in the work.

Additional terminal projects for handling international trains will be implemented some time in the future in line with market needs. The construction of the Limmattal gateway (near Zurich) will be retained as an active option. (ben)

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Old January 31st, 2014, 08:59 PM   #1465
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Anyone has and idea approximately how many passenger trains exist in Switzerland in all companies together (other than touristy or mountain)? How many are in operation every day? I tried to search for it with google, but it's not something easily found in 5 min...
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Old February 1st, 2014, 03:35 AM   #1466
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Anyone has and idea approximately how many passenger trains exist in Switzerland in all companies together (other than touristy or mountain)? How many are in operation every day? I tried to search for it with google, but it's not something easily found in 5 min...
Maybe you'll find some numbers about the fleets here.
http://www.sbb.ch/en/group/the-compa...ing-stock.html
http://bls.ch/e/bahn/charter-fahrzeuge.php

Every day, the 3000-kilometre network carries 8000-9000 passenger trains
http://www.sbb.ch/en/group/the-compa...passenger.html
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Old February 1st, 2014, 10:32 AM   #1467
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The current profile is mostly P/C 50, and it will enlarged to P/C 80, which means corners will be raised by ~30 cm.

The Simplon-Lötschberg already has a P/C 80 profile, but mostly only on one track, the other being P/C 45. From Frutigen to Brig there is a higher gauge track on the old line (out of two tracks) + mainly single track base line, Brig-Iselle (Simplon tunnel) has the higher gauge on both tracks, Iselle-Preglia one high gauge+one low gauge, Preglia-Domodossola two tracks high gauge, Domodossola-Novara single track high gauge.
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Old February 5th, 2014, 10:46 PM   #1468
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Some photos taken today in Airolo, SBB's highest station at ~1150 m.

Source with more photos: http://www.ferrovie.it/forum/viewtop...98165#p1398165

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Old February 5th, 2014, 11:08 PM   #1469
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I see a lot of snow there again. I passed Airolo en route to Bellinzona last Sunday and there was very little snow on the ground in any of the stations.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 01:35 AM   #1470
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Sorry if I change to a radically differnt topic, but has anyone of you an idea until when and in which trains the sleeping coach WLABmh 175 was used?


Thanks for your help!
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Old February 7th, 2014, 10:16 AM   #1471
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Some photos taken today in Airolo, SBB's highest station at ~1150 m.

Airolo is the highest station SBB and of Switzerland?
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Old February 7th, 2014, 10:34 AM   #1472
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Airolo is the highest station SBB and of Switzerland?
There are several non-SBB railway stations higher than that:

Gornergrat is 3089m high, for instance.

Ospizio Bernina is 2249m

Junfraujoch is 3420m

(there are many other railway stations above 1150m).

Now I'm curious about the highest Swiss station that can be reached without the help of rack guideways all the way from major SBB network.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 05:19 PM   #1473
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Now I'm curious about the highest Swiss station that can be reached without the help of rack guideways all the way from major SBB network.
That would probably be Ospizio Bernina then.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 11:25 PM   #1474
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Depends what Suburbanist means with "from major SBB network". You can't run a train from the SBB network to Ospizio Bernina because of different gauges (SBB = standard gauge = 1435 mm, Ospizio Bernina = Rhaetische Bahn = RhB = 1000 mm).


...unless one would use a gauge-changing train.... ;-)

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...unless one would use a gauge-changing train.... ;-)
Actually such a gauge change train will start running on Montreux - Interlaken in 2016. Not made by Talgo though, a different system that is explained here:

http://www.goldenpass.ch/default.asp?OrgID=10
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Old February 8th, 2014, 01:30 PM   #1476
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Sorry if I change to a radically differnt topic, but has anyone of you an idea until when and in which trains the sleeping coach WLABmh 175 was used?


Thanks for your help!
These coaches have had quite an interesting history, sadly with a bad ending.

The SBB decided in 1967 to buy 5 coaches of this type. They were built by O&K in Berlin in 1968. From the start these coaches were hired by the DSG (Deutsche Schlafwagen- und Speisewagengesellschaft) that operated these coaches for the DB. They entered service with DSG numbers, this German company used them until 1974 when all their coaches were taken over by the DB in 1975. By then they were already added to the European TEN Pool (Trans Euro Nacht) that started in 1971. They received SBB numbers, but were still operated by the DB. Only in 1973 the SBB started to use 2 of the 5 coaches for their own night train services.

Until the end of the TEN pool in 1995 they were used in Night trains between Germany, Switzerland and all European countries. After 1995 the SBB the sole operator of the 5 coaches they purchased in 1967. By the end of the decade they got the SBB Night livery you see in the picture. They were used in all night trains from Switzerland, but at the end mainly in the trains to Italy. The picture shows the Autozug from Zürich to Villa San Giovanni in the summer of 2007. This was the last year that the SBB used this coaches.

In 2008 4 of the coaches were sold to the Dutch company Railinsight BV that would use them for their Bergland Express charter holiday trains. That wasn't really a big success, the company went bust in December 2009. Since then these 4 coaches are rotting away on a remote track close to Utrecht Centraal Station in the Netherlands. It's a sad sight every time I see them standing there completely vandalized.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 07:53 PM   #1478
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Big news Switzerland has approved the FAIF today in one of the referendum that took place

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these are very big news for all Switzerland, but especially for Suisse Romande, which should receive around 3.2bn of the total 6.4bn CHF of projected investments.

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Any explanation on why Kanton Schwyz voted against it?
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I don't know (btw, it refused the project by 50.5%), the "yes" won also in the cantons where this fund will not be used to fund projects in the near future (except maintenance of existing infrastructure).

In only four cantons the "yes" exceeded 70%: in Geneva and Vaud this is comprehensible, as more rail capacity there is really needed. Basel City likely hopes for a new line to Olten and for its own S-Bahn system. Then Canton Tessin, which will receive a few hundred millions (doubling of the Bellinzona-Locarno line in the plain section, third track Bellinzona-Giubiasco), but where no big projects are expected (unlike the other three cantons above).

Detailed results: http://www.admin.ch/ch/i/pore/va/20140209/det578.html

Fund revenue will come mainly from (part of) truck tax, fuel taxes, and VAT.
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