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Old March 2nd, 2014, 02:28 PM   #981
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I wish we would have such a well developed railway network around main metropolises.
They are currently implemented metropolitan railway construction around Łódź and Tricity.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 11:47 AM   #982
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The timetable map that was posted a few pages ago is quite interesting and it shows the poor connection between Munich and Zurich...

Switzerland and Austria are very well connected via local trains on the Bregenz - St. Margrethen corridor. Currently S-Bahn trains are running every half an hour most of the day (except for hourly services late morning to noon and in late evening). From 2016 it should be a 30 min service throughout the day, with hourly trains running directly from St. Gallen to Bregenz (or even Lindau). Long distance trains on this corridor are entirely different story. They are operated by DB/SBB - very poorly, due to the bad railway infrastructure between Lindau and Munich... Now DB/SBB even operate InterCity buses between Zurich and Munich, which pass through Vorarlberg, but do not stop.

The Feldkirch-Buchs corridor is currently served bi-hourly by long distance trains and irregularly by local trains. By 2017 we will see a major improvement in local connections, as by then S-Bahn FLACH should be (partially implemented) i.e. hourly services off-peak, half-hourly services on-peak.
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Old March 4th, 2014, 12:07 PM   #983
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The timetable map that was posted a few pages ago is quite interesting and it shows the poor connection between Munich and Zurich...
But the map already shows the upgraded connections between Munich and Zurich, with a travel time of 3.5 hours between the cities, doesn't it (90 min Zurich - Bregenz, 120 min Bregenz - Munich)? Right now we have around 4:25 h for this connection. Also note that the electrification of Lindau-Geltendorf shifts the fastest route from Bregenz to Vienna from the Arlbergbahn to a connection via Munich. This is also reflected in the chart attached to the map (6:22 h Bregenz - Vienna via Munich).
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Switzerland and Austria are very well connected via local trains on the Bregenz - St. Margrethen corridor. Currently S-Bahn trains are running every half an hour most of the day (except for hourly services late morning to noon and in late evening). From 2016 it should be a 30 min service throughout the day, with hourly trains running directly from St. Gallen to Bregenz (or even Lindau).
Do you have any idea why this was delayed to 2016? I think one year ago they said the direct trains Bregenz-St. Gallen should be introduced with the 2014 timetable!
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Old April 21st, 2014, 11:50 PM   #984
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Some nice photos from the construction site of Wien Hbf (Vienna main station) have recently been published at http://hauptbahnhof-wien.at/de/Servi...elle/index.jsp


View from the south-east:




View towards south-east:




View towards west (direction Wien Miedling)


Fly-over for trains going from Wien Hbf in direction Ebenfurth:


View from the west towards Wien Hbf:



Full size and more photos available at http://hauptbahnhof-wien.at/de/Servi...elle/index.jsp


For comparison, the same location a few years ago:



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Old April 22nd, 2014, 06:52 AM   #985
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Some nice photos from the construction site of Wien Hbf (Vienna main station) have recently been published at http://hauptbahnhof-wien.at/de/Servi...elle/index.jsp

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Very nice photos, but I'm afraid they are repeated twitch in this post. It looks very strange, isn't it?
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 09:49 AM   #986
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Very nice photos, but I'm afraid they are repeated twitch in this post. It looks very strange, isn't it?
Thanks for the hint, I just fixed it.
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Old April 26th, 2014, 03:31 PM   #987
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Here are some of my photos taken in Salzburg Hauptbahnhof on April 23:


















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Old May 3rd, 2014, 06:37 PM   #988
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Some nice photos from the construction site of Wien Hbf (Vienna main station) have recently been published at
http://hauptbahnhof-wien.at/de/Servi...elle/index.jsp

View from the south-east:




View towards south-east:




For comparison, the same location a few years ago:


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Old May 13th, 2014, 05:16 PM   #989
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From Railway Gazette:

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Westbahn quits CER
13 May 2014



EUROPE: Austrian open access inter-city operator Westbahn Management GmbH has decided to ‘distance itself’ from the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies, accusing CER of attempting to block liberalisation and market opening in the European rail sector. ‘CER is more and more against the overall vision of the EU Commission, and therefore Westbahn can no longer remain in the CER’, said Westbahn CEO Dr Erich Forster.

Notifying CER of its withdrawal on May 9, the company said ‘the last few months have shown that the basic attitude and methods of CER do not conform with the expectations of Westbahn with regards the issues of lobbying and democracy. In addition, newcomers do not get any opportunity to shape the orientation of the rail sector in the direction of liberalisation.’

Westbahn says it joined CER in late 2011 ‘with the aim of bringing more awareness of competition and liberalisation into the monopolistic thinking of CER, to develop ways of opening the market in partnership with the European Commission.’ However, the private operator feels that ‘only certain incumbents provide direction and do not aim at liberalisation and market opening’. This, it says, was ‘glaringly obvious’ in connection with the voting on the Fourth Railway Package in the European Parliament, where CER supported changes to the compromises agreed at the TRAN Committee.

Westbahn says it represents a ‘different understanding [from CER] with regards to the rapid implementation’ of the package. Given that the EU has been working for years towards ‘a liberalisation of policies in all Member States’ it feels that national transport ministers ‘should help to emancipate the incumbents and old railway companies’, rather than resisting change. ‘Incumbents are primarily interested in preserving the existence of their benefits at any cost’, but ‘this is not future-proof and massively harms the railway industry’.

Westbahn believes that ‘CER needs a totally new strategy, with the aim of supporting further policy initiatives at EU level in order to finalise the liberalisation instead of hindering it.’ As well as ‘a reduction in taxpayer burden that would be facilitated by further liberalisation and competition in the rail sector, Westbahn says ‘further innovation’ would help to minimise the environmental impact of the transport sector as a whole
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Old May 18th, 2014, 10:44 PM   #990
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Some recent photos showing the progress at Graz main station:













And here some photos from Wien Hbf (Vienna main station), which show the new pedestrian connection between the underground and S-Bahn station and the train actual station:









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Old May 23rd, 2014, 12:20 AM   #991
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Reconstruction of Graz Hbf - Webcams

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Some recent photos showing the progress at Graz main station:











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http://www.bergfex.at/sommer/graz/we...239/?archive=1 progress of construction work (in retrospect)





http://www.bergfex.at/sommer/graz/we...240/?archive=1 progress of construction work (in retrospect)
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Old May 30th, 2014, 11:33 AM   #992
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Graz main train station - platform area reconfiguration

The main station of Graz will be reorganised and reconfigured as part of a larger infrastructure project. A new pedestrian tunnel will be built consecutive with the rail and platform alterations to connect the west and east parts of the city, and the roofing over the platform area will be renewed. The new tunnel "north" is designed with an artwork of Peter Kogler and a length of 150 meters and gives the underpass the flair of an art exhibition. A large roof will span three platforms with a double-arch construction and provide the spacious atmosphere Graz’s main station requires.

Zechner & Zechner architects in collaboration with PUG and Zivilingenieurbüro Kratzer.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #993
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Yesterday ÖBB released the plans for the re-organization of long-distance trains after completion of the new Vienna main station (Wien Hauptbahnhof (Hbf)).
Press release: http://konzern.oebb.at/de/Presse/Pre...nhof/index.jsp


The re-organization will take place in two steps:
step 1 - provisional timetable 2015, when the new station will already allow stops of certain long-distance trains
step 2 - final timetable 2016, when the new station will be fully operational

Overview:

Source: http://kurier.at/chronik/wien/hauptb...auf/69.730.654


Step 1 (timetable 2015, from dec 2014):

railjet Vienna - Villach (every 2 hours)
trains will start/terminate at Wien Hbf, Wien Meidling will remain as a short stop.

railjet Vienna - Graz (every hour)
trains will start/terminate at Wien Hbf; every 2 hrs these trains will come from/continue to Prague. Wien Meidling will remain as a short stop.
Travel time Wien Hbf - Prague will be 4h11 (instead of today 4h49 from Meidling)

railet Munich - Vienna - Budapest (every 2 hrs)
these trains will still run via Westbahnhof, but they will make an additional stop at the new main station.

ICE Frankfurt/Dortmund/Hamburg - Vienna (every 2 hrs)
hese trains will no longer servce the Westbahnhof. They will run directly to Wien Meidling and Wien Hbf and will then continue to the Vienna International airport (VIE).
connections from Prague and Graz to the airport (VIE) will be available via Wien Hbf

All Euronight trains from the west will also skip the Westbahnhof and go directly to Wien Meidling - Wien Hbf.

Between Vienna (from Westbf via Meidling - Hbf) and Budapest 2 additional Eurocity-trains will be introduced, they will continue to Debrecen and Belgrade.

Also all EC-trains to Poland will stop at Wien Hbf.


railjet timetable Graz-Vienna-Prague (every 2 hrs):


ICE-timetable Linz-Vienna airport (every 2 hrs)


Travel time reductions in the 2015 timetable:


Source: http://konzern.oebb.at/de/Presse/Pre...nhof/index.jsp



Step 2 (timetable 2016, from dec 2015):

ALL ÖBB long distance services will serve exclusively Wien Hbf + Wien Meidling.
This will result in better connections and faster travel times. Munich-Budapest will be 30 minutes faster.
The airpoirt will then be served every 30minutes by direct long-distance trains.

A hub-structure with coordinated connections between will be implemented. Wien Hbf and Wien Meidling will work as a "twin hub": Connections west-south will be made at Meidling, all other connections at Wien Hbf.

The hub structure will work as follows:

At the full hour (.00):
RJ Prague-Vienna-Graz (every 2 hrs)
RJ Vienna-Graz (every 2 hrs)
IC VIE-Vienna-Salzburg (hourly)
(VIE = Vienna airport)
EC Warsaw-Vienna (singular trains)

At the half hour (.30)
RJ Budapest/VIE - Vienna - Munich/Innsbruck (every 2 hrs; single trainsets trains from VIE/Budapest will be combined at Wien Hbf; they will split again at Salzburg, the Budapest-trainset goes to Munich, the VIE-trainset to Innsbruck)
RJ VIE - Vienna - Zurich/Bregenz (every 2 hrs)
RJ Vienna - Villach (every 2 hrs)
EC Budapest (or beyond) - Vienna (singular trains, eventually every 2 hrs)

ICE-trains are not part of this hub structure, but they will of course continue to serve Wien Hbf, as will do the Euronight-trains.


This concept will enable additional time savings, some examples are listed here:

Source: http://konzern.oebb.at/de/Presse/Pre...nhof/index.jsp


Best greetings from Vienna


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Old June 12th, 2014, 08:54 AM   #994
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Those are some impressive improvements in both time and connectivity. Well done!
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Old June 12th, 2014, 12:00 PM   #995
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What's the key advantage of the twin hub? The two stations are not that far apart so it doesn't seem impossible to implement a single hub.

Sorry if that was already explained, but a quick search didn't get me any conclusions.
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Old June 12th, 2014, 06:13 PM   #996
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Are you refering to Meidling? That has its reasons in local public transport as it connects to the U6 which serves the whole western part of Vienna from north to south. Westbahnhof won't be a Hub next year anyway.
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Old June 15th, 2014, 12:22 PM   #997
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Danke, Nachalnik, for all the detailed information about the future of national and international railway thru Vienna.
1-2 questions just to clarify:
1. the EC Vienna-Budapest-Belgrade will be the current EC Avala (now Belgrade-Budapest-Praha) rerouted to its former parcours, more or less running the same times east of Budapest? In that case, CD will probably no longer supply the coaches. Will SZ or ÖBB take care of that?
2. I take it that RailJet trains will have a monopoly on direct connections between Praha and Wien except for the EN Metropol, or did I miss something? On the parcours Praha-Brno however, I guess there will still be other ECs that run on to Bratislava and/or Budapest?
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Old June 15th, 2014, 02:42 PM   #998
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The state of Vorarlberg and ÖBB Infra announced that they will invest Euro 340 million into rail infrastructure in the state until 2019. The sum already includes some recently finished projects.

These are the projects:
* 2014 (4th q.) - 2018: Extension/renewal of Wolfurt container terminal; 66 million
* Upgrading Ludesch cargo terminal
* - 2016: Modernization Hohenems railway station; 34 million
* - 2018: Modernization Rankweil railway station; 32 million
* 2016 - 2018: Modernization Götzis railway station; 14 million
* - 2020: Upgrade St. Margrethen (CH) - Lauterach line, including modernizing Lustenau and Hard-Fußach railway stations and the already finished upgrade of the Lustenau - St. Margrethen section of the line; 170 million.
* Partial modernization of Feldkirch - Liechtenstein line; 5 million.
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Is Vorarlberg pressing for any upgrade of Arlbergbahn at the moment? To me this should be top one on the railway list. It just seems so odd to me that the state doesn´t push for any upgrades at all at the moment given how important the line is. Right now it takes around 2h30 min between Bregenz and Innsbruck (a distance of 190 km), many parts of the stretch are slow and single-track. It should be possible to shortern that journey to about 90 min instead.
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Is Vorarlberg pressing for any upgrade of Arlbergbahn at the moment? To me this should be top one on the railway list. It just seems so odd to me that the state doesn´t push for any upgrades at all at the moment given how important the line is. Right now it takes around 2h30 min between Bregenz and Innsbruck (a distance of 190 km), many parts of the stretch are slow and single-track. It should be possible to shortern that journey to about 90 min instead.
While it would be nice to have, there are simply more important places in Austria to spend the money. There is enough capacity left on the Arlberg railway, so the only reason to re-build it would be to increase speed.

The timetable Bregenz-Bludenz at 0:48 hours is pretty much what you can get with stops in Dornbirn and Feldkirch, maybe one could get it down to 43 minutes at most. This means if you want to make Bregenz-Innsbruck at 195 km in 1:30 hours, you would have to make Bludenz-Innsbruck in 0:47 hours for 137 km including three to four intermediate stops (the traffic volumes over the Arlberg do not warrant a parallel RJ and IC traffic). This would result in an average speed of 174 km/h, so to get to your time, a 200 to 220 km/h line would be necessary. The only way to get there would be a tunnel from Bludenz to Landeck, at 50 km similar in length to the Brenner base tunnel. A 2:00 hour travel time from Bregenz to Innsbruck (Bludenz-Innsbruck in 1:17 h) would require an average of 106 km/h including stops over the Arlberg pass, so let's say 130 to 150 km/h Vmax. This might JUST be doable with several mid-length tunnels on the ramps, but would still need an investment of several billion Euros.
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