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Specialized containers are a must for true intermodal transport, especially now that highly automated cranes are becoming good candidates for rail-road transshipment. You already see these cranes in ports like Hamburg and Rotterdam loading sea containers onto trucks.
 

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AFAIK it seems that also between Venice and Vienna there is a (maybe touristic) car transport by train...
 

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Recent photos of the short A51 all the way from its beginning off Zurich to its end after the town of Bülach:


1. A51 starts by branching off A1, just east of Zurich city




2. 100 km/h limit for a while - traffic volume and all the merging




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4. Airport, anyone? Use the exit to the left (which is very rare on a motorwy; Germany has a notable one for Calw in Baden-Württemberg too)




5. No English, but the airplane pictogram should be clear enough




6. Another exit




7. Once it gets less busy, 100 km/h limit is lifted




8. That morning was misty




9. Nice smooth and straight road, these stretches would be fit for a 140 km/h limit at least.




10. Bülach West, the second-to-last exit




11. Bülach Nord, last exit ...




12. ... right after which the dual carriageway ends




13. After just about 15 km from its start, motorway turns into a priority road, general limit 80 km/h, before reaching the nearby German border.

 

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^^ Your photos don't work for me... broken links?

The intercity train service numbering in Switzerland is surprisingly similar to the national road numbering.

 

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Can't see my own photos either :-( uploaded on imgur, in the same way as always. Can't say why they don't show.

Example - that would be the link to the first photo (the spaces I had to add, otherwise not even the quoted link text is visible ...)

Anyone else using imgur?
 

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Made it work, thanks to a hint in the Roadside rest area.
There is an "i." prefix before "imgur", and and ending ".jpg" before the closing [/img] required.
 

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high mountain passes

There has been significant snowfall at the end of the winter season this year. So many high Alpine passes have a later than usual opening, many passes didn't open until late May and several are still closed.

* Gotthard Pass: opened yesterday
* Forcola di Livigno: opened yesterday
* Grand St. Bernard: opened yesterday
* Flüela Pass: opened 4 June
* Umbrail Pass: only open during the morning

* Albula Pass: opens 12 June
* Furka Pass: opens 14 June
* Nufenen Pass: unknown
* Susten Pass: not before mid-June
 

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There is probably a higher avalanche risk in the afternoon. There was a similar restriction on the Grödner Joch / Passo Gardena this week.
 

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The intercity train service numbering in Switzerland is surprisingly similar to the national road numbering.
IC train lines have been numbered around 18 months ago with numbers purposely chosen similar to motorways (train lines numbers are not the same as timetable tables numbers, which are chosen roughly according to postal codes).

Usually one digit train lines are faster IC trains, two digit lines are IR trains (which make more stops). As in Valais-Wallis there are no faster IC trains but only slower IR trains, the line there is IR 90 and not IC 9.

Usually two digit train lines follow the route of the single digit motorway, so lines 3, 36 and 37 all go from Basel to Zürich buth via a different routes. An exception is IR 13 which follows A 13.

Train line number 8 has been used for a different route than A8 Autostrasse, although there is a railway all along A8 (but this is not managed by SBB, and thus not numbered).

IC 6 trains go to Valais-Wallis, as the never built A6 Autostrasse. However the A6 would have passed via Zweisimmen and the Rawil tunnel, not via the Lötschberg.
 

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Last week, heavy traffic buggered me at Geneva, Lausanne, Bern and Bâle. I see no difference to Holland, apart from the Swiss being extremely bad drivers.
 

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Politicians recently unlocked the money for it (and other projects). I think works might start in 2020 or 2021.
 

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It just means that the 3-year-route-closure won't happen. The new tube (construction period 7 years) will be opened before the old tube will be renovated. Afterwards, each tube will be opened 1-laned.
 

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Afterwards, each tube will be opened 1-laned.
... which appears pretty crazy, especially seen from countries that cannot afford one tube of comparable dimension and standards. As it stands, though, constitution does not permit an augmentation of trans-alpine road capacity.
Even so, two one-laned tunnels are safer and better than one tube for both directions. The risk of head-on collisions will be avoided this way, and in case of an accident blocking one tube, traffic in both directions could be temporarily diverted through the other.

In the more distant future, there might be legal changes allowing for both tunnels to be operated as two-lane carriageways, especially if vehicles become significantly cleaner. These changes always happen slowly, though, and most likely will have to be approved by the people through a referendum.
 

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... which appears pretty crazy, especially seen from countries that cannot afford one tube of comparable dimension and standards. As it stands, though, constitution does not permit an augmentation of trans-alpine road capacity.
Even so, two one-laned tunnels are safer and better than one tube for both directions. The risk of head-on collisions will be avoided this way, and in case of an accident blocking one tube, traffic in both directions could be temporarily diverted through the other.

In the more distant future, there might be legal changes allowing for both tunnels to be operated as two-lane carriageways, especially if vehicles become significantly cleaner. These changes always happen slowly, though, and most likely will have to be approved by the people through a referendum.
I just cannot see those tubes operating as one lane only for long, traffic congestion will just become too unbearable. IMHO, restriping each one to two lanes will be inevitable.

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