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Re: Re Swiss Franc

Clive Dean
 

I'm glad to say that I managed to get £1000 of Swiss francs yesterday from
M&S after I heard the news but before they dropped their rates.


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Re Swiss Franc - STC Swiss Travel Pass

Andrew
 

Max Wrote


"If they have not yet adjusted their prices, it might be a good idea to book
the Swiss passes right now."



Thanks Max. You were correct. The Switzerland Travel Centre advised me that the price would almost certainly go up, and soon. As a result, i purchased my Swiss Pass today at the current price, plus a discount for being a member of The Swiss Railways Society. I can't see the price going down in the near future so hopefully a sensible move.


Unfortunately, i have had to reduce the length of my stay to compensate for the drop in value of The GBP, but i can't wait to return to the beautiful country. I will be staying on The Gotthard route again (Fluelen this time) as i think this is the last full year of the old route being in use prior to the new tunnel opening.


Best wishes


Andy


Re Swiss Franc

Andrew
 

KP wrote


"You can still get excellent accommodation for CHF45 - 55 per night "





Yes that certainly is good value. Are you prepared to share your secret ?. Do you use a particular trusted website to find these good value rooms, or maybe your local knowledge is sufficient. Sometimes the nice photos of hotels and the attached reviews hide the truth !


Thanks


Andy


Re: Re Swiss Franc

Max Wyss
 


You are correct Markus, it appears it was solely the decison of The SNB.
The people i feel really sorry for are the thousands upon thousands of hard
working Swiss people who work in the tourist industry and may well now lose
their jobs with the inevitable drop in tourists, unless there is a quick
reversal in either policy or a posotive reaction to yesterdays events. I
don't suppose these people care who is to blame.

There most likely won't be an immediate reversal of the policy. And if
there is one, it will become effective immediately without warning (that's
how it has to be done in order to avoid big scale speculation, messing
things up even more.


I will take no pleasure whatsoever is having to contact my hotel in
Switzerland to either cancel or drastically reduce the length of my stay.
As of now, you may take a rule of thumb that anything to be paid in CHF
will cost you about 15% more. However, that may get a bit lower; you'd have
to follow the situation a bit.



I will contact The Switzerland Travel Centre today and ask for their
opinion with regard to what may happen to the cost of Swiss passes etc. I
fear their response will not be good.
If they have not yet adjusted their prices, it might be a good idea to book
the Swiss passes right now. Otherwise, see above.

Max.


Re Swiss Franc

Andrew
 

You are correct Markus, it appears it was solely the decison of The SNB. The people i feel really sorry for are the thousands upon thousands of hard working Swiss people who work in the tourist industry and may well now lose their jobs with the inevitable drop in tourists, unless there is a quick reversal in either policy or a posotive reaction to yesterdays events. I don't suppose these people care who is to blame.


I will take no pleasure whatsoever is having to contact my hotel in Switzerland to either cancel or drastically reduce the length of my stay.


I will contact The Switzerland Travel Centre today and ask for their opinion with regard to what may happen to the cost of Swiss passes etc. I fear their response will not be good.


A


Re: Swiss Franc

DAVID STEVENSON
 

A conversation i had today with some fellow enthusiasts about this was brought into focus by this: "As to tourist numbers, when I spoke to the people whom I knew on the Swiss Tourism stand at the World Travel Market in Nov, they noted that less than 20% of incoming tourists now came from Europe outside Switzerland. Overall the Indians were the biggest group, followed by the Chinese, and then the Japanese, followed by South Americans. Apparently tourists from the UK and the US were now only about 2% from each. The largest number of Europeans were the French.” The Swiss in Switzerland aren’t bothered whether we go or not, they have new markets, far more fickle markets but huge. We are a bit of an irrelevance nowadays. I’ve not been for five years, not because I don't want to but it offers such poor value compared to Germany, Austria and Italy even that I’ve taken my custom elsewhere. I suspect I’m not the only one, but the reality is the Swiss in Switzerland aren’t bothered. DAVID S


Re: RE 421 371 -397

OL.Guerbetal
 

Am 15.01.2015 um 04:22 schrieb csipromo@yahoo.com [SwissRail]:
Markus, Are you confirming that as of 01/01/2015, only those 4 Re
421 can be operated with SBB passenger trains?
Shouldn't you replace "can" with "may"?

However, it is an SBB-internal rule. But then again, SBB wasn't free to set up a very different rule.

Your comment mentions EWI/II while the Re 421 in passenger operations
are primarily used with EC and perhaps EWIV on the international
routes to Germany/Austria.
Yes, Re 421 with EW I can only be found in the VAE now.

Markus, G�rbetal


Re: Visit to Switzerland

yatton123
 

The exchange rate (buying CHF) quoted by Urner Kantonalbank stood at 1.51 CHF/£ on Tuesday. It dropped to 1.25 but is now 1.31.
Didn't we cover money saving tips for trips to Switzerland a while ago ?
You can still get excellent accommodation for CHF45 - 55 per night
I'm off next week to sample some.
kp


Re: Visit to Switzerland

OL.Guerbetal
 

Am 15.01.2015 um 20:37 schrieb muffcj@yahoo.co.uk [SwissRail]:
Maybe the people of Switzerland, or their government and SNB don't
want visitors anymore.
Dear Andy, it is not my intention to comment on your economic knowledge in general but such a simplistic statement doesn't reflect any of the facts of the real world. That wasn't a referendum or a governmental decision, it was simply the reaction of the management of SNB. And there aren't many economists in the world who think they could have taken another decision, sooner or later. They decided to do it sooner. But in simple words: They had to give up against the bad economics of the EU. It's a pity but a fact.

Markus, G�rbetal


Re: Swiss Franc

OL.Guerbetal
 

Am 15.01.2015 um 14:26 schrieb jlovda@yahoo.com [SwissRail]:
Well, I was hoping to take another photo trip to Switzerland this
spring but Yahoo News reported that the government is floating the
Franc against the Euro and they expect the France to really rise.
Sorry to correct you, but the decision was made by the Swiss National Bank (SNB), not the government. There had been rumours that the SNB wouldn't be able to keep the 1.20 (CHF/EUR) limit very long but then the decision came very quickly and surprisingly.

Markus, G�rbetal


Visit to Switzerland

Andrew
 

Hello.


Over the last few weeks, i have been planning my next visit to Switzerland after a long gap due to the poor exchange rate from GBP to CHF. I started to make provisional hotel bookings etc only to find this has happened.........................


Swiss franc soars as euro cap ends http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30829917



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30829917

Swiss franc soars as euro cap ends http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30829917 The Swiss franc soars and sends markets into turmoil as Switzerland abandons the cap on the currency's value against the euro.



View on www.bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30829917
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Not surprisingly i and many other potential visitors to Switzerland will now be cancelling or revising their plans. Maybe the people of Switzerland, or their government and SNB don't want visitors anymore.


A


Re: Swiss Franc

bs177@...
 

---In SwissRail@yahoogroups.com, <jlovda@...> wrote :

Well, I was hoping to take another photo trip to Switzerland this spring but Yahoo News reported that the government is floating the Franc against the Euro and they expect the France to really rise. Time to go back and look at past images.


I fear that this is not going to help the Swiss tourist industry, the railways or manufacturers, but if the Swiss Franc was being artificially held down in value, it would have caused further problems in the long term. I think a lot of us will be thinking twice about visiting CH in the coming year.


Bruce


Re: Swiss Franc

glenn allen
 

Overnight it's dropped from 1.52 to 1.29.I really hope that's a typing mistake made by the exchange agency I use.
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421 383

Martin Baumann
 

421 383 has been seriously damaged in German when it was hit by a container loading vehicle in Germany:

http://www.euroherz.de/containerterminal-lok-bei-spektakulaeren-unfall-zerstoert-2308481/


Swiss Franc

John Lovda
 

Well, I was hoping to take another photo trip to Switzerland this spring but Yahoo News reported that the government is floating the Franc against the Euro and they expect the France to really rise. Time to go back and look at past images.


John Lovda


Re: RE 421 370 -397

csipromo
 

Markus,
Are you confirming that as of 01/01/2015, only those 4 Re 421 can be operated with SBB passenger trains? Your comment mentions EWI/II while the Re 421 in passenger operations are primarily used with EC and perhaps EWIV on the international routes to Germany/Austria.


Regards


Mike C


MGB buys rotary from RhB

Guerbetaler
 

MGB has bought Xrot et 9219 from RhB, one of the former two electric Bernina rotary snowploughs, built by Beilhack. The rotary was broght to St. Blasien, the German factory of Aebi-Schmidt. Aebi-Schmidt also produced the new rotaries for RhB.

Aebi-Schmidt is in private ownership, 57.5% is held by Peter Spuhler. Aebi, Burgdorf, Switzerland and Schmidt, St. Blasien, Germany merged in 2007. In 2005 Schmidt had bought Beilhack but continued to use the name for specialised equipment. Beilhack, originally in Rosenheim, is now located in Kiefersfelden but only for development and sale.

Some might wonder what MGB does with an electric dc rotary. FO rotaries Xrot e 4931-33 got the energy from the locomotive, and since the delivery of the HGm 4/4 61-62 they could be fed with ac (HGe 4/4') or dc (HGm 4/4). So the former Bernina rotary will need one of the HGm 4/4 to operate.

Markus, Gürbetal


Engineering work Basel-Olten

Martin Baumann
 

On 24/25 January and 7/8 February it will be possible to travel on the Olten to Sissach via Laufelfingen line on a 460 hauled train or an ICE

see
http://m.sbb.ch/news.newsdetail.2015-1-1401_2.html
(German)


Re: RE 421 370 -397

OL.Guerbetal
 

Am 14.01.2015 um 04:21 schrieb csipromo@yahoo.com [SwissRail]:
If it has changed since last summer, when did this UIC-18 requirement
take effect?
Since 1st of January 2015 all regular SBB trains must have
side-selective door opening. This date was chosen by SBB. As I have
mentioned earlier, this is possible with the use of EW I/II restricted
to push-pull operation.

Markus, G�rbetal


Re: RE 421 370 -397

csipromo
 

I completely missed that the subject listed 421 370. As Martin said, that loco (11370) was the final of the original Re 4/4III (1969-1972) and was not one of the locos converted for use in Germany.

11371 through 11397 were converted to Re 421, with the exception of 11382, which was scrapped after a fire in Biasca, TI in 2002.


As far as the current assignment of Re 421 on the Zurich-Lindau, Zurich-Singen and other routes, I was not aware of any limitations (UIC-18) and as far as my information, there were more than the four locomotives mentioned by Martin used during 2014.


If it has changed since last summer, when did this UIC-18 requirement take effect?


I was also wondering what is the current status of the locomotive lease deal with TXL?. The website elektrolok.de does not list any of the Re 421 as being leased to TXL. As far as I understood, SBBC agreed to make a dozen Re 421 available to TXL under the terms of the lease, but I think it was random locos assigned from the SBB pool and not 12 specific locos.


Regards


Mike C

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