Re: Slip coaches in Switzerland?


Andrew Moglestue
 

I've never come across any mentions of the practice in Switzerland.

It worked well in Britain at the time because the main flow of traffic was between London and provincial cities, with traffic between the cities being much less significant.

Switzerland doesn't have such a structure, in which traffic to or from one city dwarfs all the rest. If say an express from Geneve to Z├╝rich were to have slipped coaches at Lausanne and some more at Fribourg, that might have shaved a couple of minutes off the overall running time between the end points, but at the huge expense of making it much more difficult to get from, say, Lausanne to Fribourg.

Furthermore, with the early move to electrification of main lines, acceleration improved as compared to steam, and thus the penalty of making stops was much lessened.

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