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Old February 15th, 2014, 09:45 PM   #1501
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Regarding the class 523 Flirt in Ticino (post #1463) I have the answer: it is equipped with ETCS, and so it was doing some tests in the GBT.

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Old February 19th, 2014, 02:39 PM   #1502
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Crossing the skyline in Zurich:







photos by David Gubler/Dave Edmondston/railpictures.net
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Old February 19th, 2014, 07:11 PM   #1503
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why not underground?
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Old February 19th, 2014, 09:41 PM   #1504
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Tunnels are usually more expensive, and here they are not needed.

The first two photos shows this bridge, which has a single track branch mainly used by freight trains.

The third photo is one of two bridges under construction to be used by westbound trains using the DML (Durchmesserlinie), the new city tunnel. Eastbound trains will use an existing track, with shorter bridges.
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Old February 20th, 2014, 05:28 PM   #1505
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Today:

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Simplon tunnel safety contract signed
20 Feb 2014



SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded a contract to Rhomberg Bahntechnik to install, test and commission safety equipment in the two single-track bores of the 20 km Simplon tunnel between Brig and Iselle in Italy.

The SFr7·1m contract covers the installation of illuminated handrails, alarm equipment, emergency signage and lighting in the main tunnels, refuges and the cross-passages being cut between the two bores at intervals of 500 m to 600 m. Installation is programmed in two phases during 2015: from January to March and from September to November next year.

The work is part of a three-year programme to bring the tunnel up to the latest safety standards at a cost of SFr170m. SBB launched the programme at the end of March 2012.

‘The biggest challenge for our on-site team is undoubtedly the logistics and the very short installation window of just eight weeks for each bore’, said Dirk Diederich, Managing Director of Rhomberg Bahntechnik, part of Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group.
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Old March 18th, 2014, 06:43 PM   #1506
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At full moon



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Old March 20th, 2014, 12:27 AM   #1507
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The DML Cross City link in Zurich is going to be opened soon! On 15 June 2014...

The new underground section in Zurich main station is almost finished.
















Less than a year ago it looked like this:



And two years ago like this!



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Old March 20th, 2014, 02:25 AM   #1508
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Does anyone know of a website with 3-D profiles of major Swiss railway tunnels?
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Old March 21st, 2014, 07:32 PM   #1509
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The DML Cross City link in Zurich is going to be opened soon! On 15 June 2014...
It looks like to be opened next week, not in almost three months.

In case of constructing process's speed, "eastern" Europe wins

Nice one anyway. It looks somehow "brutal", reminds me Katowice train station (in current and former form).
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Most of times you can't open a railway suddenly without modifiying timetables - just because railways are not roads, and trains are not cars.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 06:43 PM   #1512
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Most of times you can't open a railway suddenly without modifiying timetables - just because railways are not roads, and trains are not cars.
You can open it, as long as you don't fuss much about a temporary schedule for that sector.
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If you can design it, I'm sure they and they will be happy to listen to your solution. Obviously, it should not have more disadvantages than advantages. But I can assure you that designing a timetable maximising benefits and minimising costs is not simple as it might seem...
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 08:27 PM   #1514
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You can open it, as long as you don't fuss much about a temporary schedule for that sector.
The "sector" in this case is all of Switzerland. And don't forget that you can't just put in use new infrastructure the day after it's finished. Drivers need to be trained. Fire and evacuation procedures must be tested.
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Old March 22nd, 2014, 08:31 PM   #1515
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Only Zurich S-Bahn will use the new station this year, right?
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 11:13 AM   #1516
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Hi, guys! Any news on new through Lucerne station?
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Old March 23rd, 2014, 03:23 PM   #1517
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Only Zurich S-Bahn will use the new station this year, right?
Yes, and only part of the planned lines, because the bridges linking the station to the western lines (to Baden-Olten and Affoltern-Zug) are still not completed. Only the lines from Zug/Ziegelbrücke via Thalwil will use the new line.

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Hi, guys! Any news on new through Lucerne station?
No. However, initially it will be accessible only from Zug's side, so it will be a terminus station.
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No. However, initially it will be accessible only from Zug's side, so it will be a terminus station.
And I really wonder it it's money well spent...

I think SBB should really consider building a newstation north of Luzern. (In Emmenbrücke for example), and make that the hub.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 12:42 PM   #1519
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Why not make Luzern a through-station, with a tunnel under the Rëuss?
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Old March 24th, 2014, 07:37 PM   #1520
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Because it cost a lot of money...
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