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Long AOMC closures

Martin Baumann
 

Bus replacement


25.04-08.10.2016 Monthey-Champery


11.07-20.08.2016 entire line

The voltage will be changed to 1500v DC and the rack changed from Strub to Abt

http://www.ollon.ch/N1922/interruption-de-l-aomc.html (French)


Aarau-Olten line

Martin Baumann
 

By the end of 2020 SBB will have four tracks throughout between Aarau and Olten


The current situation (Bahnprofil Schweiz)


Aarau km 41.51 to Wöschnau crossovers km 43.44 = 50.77 4 tracks


Wöschnau to Däniken 50.77 to 45.67 2 tracks


Däniken to Dulliken 45.67 to 42.94 (20m missing after re-alignment) 3 tracks


Dulliken to Olten Ost 42.94 to 41.25 4 tracks


Olten Ost to Olten 41.25 to 39.30 3 tracks


Between Wöschau and Däniken tracks 3 and 4 will be a completely new alignment, largely in the 3114m Eppenberg tunnel. Adding the third or forth track on the other sections will be either side of the existing alignment.


The first track alteration as part of the project came into use on 25 January as part of the layout of the future junction for the tunnel. On this date a new eastbound track came into use from a point approximately 600m west of Wöschau to the crossovers. The former eastbound track became the westbound track on February 1st at which point the old westbound track was taken out of use but it will see use as a siding later this year in connection with the tunnel construction


Re: Graubunden Pass

gordonwis
 

As I read it, it is basically a hybrid offer of 2 day or 5 day validity, reasonable value if used as consecutive but with the flexibility of a flexi option using the longer overall validity of each version. I've always avoided this pass as it doesn't give you the option to go north for the day on SBB if the mood takes you, especially if your base is northern Graubünden. (I've always considered northern Graubünden a good base for day trips north after all its only a couple of hours from Chur to the Appenzell Alps and the Bodensee).

Incidentally in 2015 it was 3/7 or 5/14 so the 2016 version is less good.


Re: DB 185

Martin Baumann
 

Sorry, should have spotted a typo in EA 095 to 141 are the ones passed for Switzerland.


(085 to 094 are passed for Hungary)


DB 185

Martin Baumann
 

According to the March Eisenbahn Amateur 185 085 to 185 141 are currently passed to run in Switzerland, 142 to 149 have had the equipment removed.


Re: Graubunden Pass

csipromo
 

https://www.swissrailways.com/en/products/regionalgraubundenpass https://www.swissrailways.com/en/products/regionalgraubundenpass
speaks of 2 days free travel during a 7 day period or 5 days during a 14 day period, including on the Chur-Bad Ragaz section of the SBB line.


The full Swiss Travel Pass costs more, but would allow you to use it each day during your stay.
On a recent trip, I had a 7 day Pass, but needed to travel on the 8th day and a short trip from Zurich to the Luzern area cost quite a bit. There may also be differences in discounts or services offered on private companies (cable cars, mountain trains, local bus) between local, regional and national passes.


It all depends on how long your stay is going to be. You should also verify where the GraubuendenPass allows use on consecutive days or whether they have to be spaced out as with the Flex Pass.


Regards


Mike C


Re: Graubunden Pass

glenn allen
 

On Thursday, 24 March 2016,

Does anyone know if the Graubunden Pass includes the SBB line from Landquart to Chur?




In a word , yes ,


from the RhB web site :

The graubündenPASS is valid in the Swiss canton of Graubünden on the networks of the Rhaetian Railway, the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) and the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, on PostBus, Davos Transport Services (VBD), Engadin Bus, Chur town buses, Silvestri Bus Livigno, local buses in Klosters, Scuol and St. Moritz, and takes you up to lofty heights on the Rhäzüns-Feldis cable-car line.


Re: Graubunden Pass

blackfive460
 

From the pdf on the web site:

3 or 5 days unlimited travel in the region of your choice or
throughout Graubünden on the network of the Rhaetian Railway,
the SBB, the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (Disentis/Mustér –
Oberalppass),
PostBus, Davos public transport services, Engadin
Bus, Silvestri Bus Livigno, Chur town buses, local buses in
Klosters, Scuol and St Moritz and on the Rhäzüns – Feldis cable
car and the Martina, cunfin – Mals/Malles stretch


Graubunden Pass

stephenhorobin
 

Does anyone know if the Graubunden Pass includes the SBB line from Landquart to Chur?

With thanks in advance.

Steve.


Re: B RIC ex-Bpm 1979

Martin Baumann
 

The first two Bpm Z1 have been withdrawn:

20-73 010 and 023 are now in Stein Säckingen awaiting transfer to Kaiseraugst scrap facility


Re: 11278

csipromo
 

The other two that I had seen reported as present at Bellinzona were 11184 and 11274. I was able to find out that those two loks were scrapped in mid-2015.

Regards


Mike C


Zermatt railways on BBC drama

gordonwis
 

Rather late in the day I discovered that the current BBC Drama series 'The Night Manager' (based on a John Le Carré novel) features railways (and magnificent mountain views)


I've managed to see the Episode1 (where the second half is set and filmed in Zermatt.) on catch up TV having missed its terrestrial BBC1 screening


Somewhat unusually, very little of the location is disguised. The Gornergratbahn features, and a UK secret service person arrives into Zermatt station on MGB 'Komet' unit 2025. The only disguise is 'Meisters Hotel', which is Riffelalp Resort, although apparently only exteriors were filmed in Zermatt


Re: 11278

Martin Baumann
 

11333 is currently the only damaged Re 4/4 II out of service.

Crossrail 113 is very unlikely to be repaired


Re: 11278

csipromo
 

Thanks for the corrected information. That would leave AFAIR at least 2 Re 4/4II plus Crossrail 113 at Bellinzona waiting for possible repairs.


Regards


Mike C


Re: 11278

Martin Baumann
 

11333 is still out of service at Bellinzona works


Re: 11278

csipromo
 

I take it that the damage from the collision in Erstfeld was too serious for them to be able to repair the locomotive. I think that the Re 4/4II 11333 was back in service very soon after the accident.

Regards


Mike C


11278

Martin Baumann
 

11278 has been named CHAM. It has received the name and crests from 11673 which is expected to go for scrap soon


Newsletter of BLS Cargo AG - 18th March 2016

Hayward Godwin
 

Newsletter of BLS Cargo AG - 18th March 2016

Dear Readers


The past year presented a number of major challenges. On the one hand, we had to learn to live with a strong Swiss franc and optimise our cost situation. On the other, rail risks losing more and more ground to road as road transport profits from huge price reductions due to the historically low diesel price, whereas regulated energy costs for rail transport remain unchanged. This trend is a matter for concern.


It is therefore important that progress is made with planned work on NEAT upgrading in Switzerland so that basic conditions for transporting freight by rail improve. We look forward to the opening of the Gotthard base tunnel in June 2016 as this is an important milestone for Swiss transport policy. However, for us, this is overshadowed by the fact that the considerable engineering work involved (4m corridor, Ceneri base tunnel) means we cannot expect positive benefits for rail freight during the current year and not before 2020. Only when all upgrades on the Gotthard route have been completed will it be possible to take advantage of appreciable gains in productivity.


Much will happen before then and, if we have learnt one thing in previous years, it is to continually adapt to changing circumstances.


Yours


Dirk Stahl, CEO BLS Cargo



Summary
1. Strong rowth in 2015
2. Major changes as timetable updated
3. New Business
4. The first BLS Cargo Vectron locomotive
5. On a personal note


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1. Strong growth in 2015


BLS Cargo increased traffic volume by 11% in 2015, running almost 2000 more trains than the previous year. Despite a strong Swiss franc, the company posted a positive result with an operating profit of CHF 2.1 mill. on a turnover of CHF 170.4 mill. The profit and loss account closed with a profit of CHF 0.3 mill.


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2. Major changes as timetable updated


Since the timetable change in December and in early 2016, BLS Cargo has been operating services for prominent new clients such as Hupac and Samskip, thus increasing the number of clients with whom it deals directly. “For many clients, we are their direct point of contact for the whole transport operation and not just the Swiss section“, points out Christian Stäubli, Head of Product Management/Sales for transit traffic. However, the new role brings many expectations with it. „We have to offer clients a reliable quality of service over the entire route” explains Stäubli. Despite the current shortage of locomotives and drivers, the timetable has settled down well and the new traffic flows are performing reliably.


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3. New Business


For a number of years, BLS Cargo has led the way with its operating concepts for international freight traffic and, with the new Vectron locomotive, is again investing in a locomotive capable of operating internationally. Whenever possible, BLS Cargo uses its own traction fleet on cross-border services, as in the case of new traffic flows introduced when the timetable changed in December and in early 2016:
Hupac, Rotterdam-Novara, 7 round trips per week, with BLS Cargo locomotives operating in Switzerland and Italy
Samskip, Rotterdam-Melzo, 6 round trips per week, with BLS Cargo locomotives operating in Switzerland and Italy
IFB, Krefeld-Melzo, 5 round trips per week, with BLS Cargo locomotives operating in Switzerland and Italy
Captrain Italia (Shuttlewise), Krefeld-Mortara, 5 round trips per week, with BLS Cargo locomotives operating in Switzerland and Italy
Captrain Deutschland (Scandfibre), Scandinavia – Italy, 6 round trips per week
Cemat, Valenton – Milano, 6 round trips per week
SNCF (Gefco), various services for the automotive industry, many different traffic relations
Holcim, Salzgitter-Zizers
a number of oil traffic flows from Germany to various Swiss fuel depots


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4. The first BLS Cargo Vectron locomotive


At Siemens manufacturing plant in Munich, they are currently working intensively on the first two of a total of 15 Vectron locomotives ordered by BLS Cargo. A glimpse in the assembly shop gives an idea of how work is progressing. The first locomotive is due to be delivered to BLS Cargo in spring.


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5. On a personal note


1. New Key Account Managers
Since September 2015, Lukas Zimmermann has joined the team for national, import and export traffics and is responsible for clients in the chemical, automotive and waste disposal industries. In addition to national traffic flows, he looks after most of the French clients in the transit market. Lukas is 38 years old and was previously employed by HaslerRail.
Luciano Moscatello, aged 38, has been with us since July 2015 as part of the Product Management/Sales team. He is responsible for existing clients as well as business acquisition in Italy (intermodal traffic) and Great Britain. Thanks to many years of experience working for Hangartner, Luciano has a vast knowledge of the transalpine intermodal business.



2. New European Union Customs Code
The new European Union Customs Code (UCC) will be introduced on 1st May 2016. As a result, the Swiss Corridor (T2) Simplified Transit Procedure will be replaced by a new, general T2 Corridor Procedure. In future, BLS Cargo as a Swiss railway undertaking will be issued with a unique, general 3 digit authorisation number by the Federal Customs Authority. The authorisation allows all consignments containing Community goods (T2 goods) to move from one EU country to another EU country in transit through Switzerland.
With the T2 Corridor Procedure, the Swiss Customs Authority will implement summary declaration of cross-border consignments. This means that, for all transit shipments under T2 arrangements, before the train crosses the border into Switzerland and in addition to information required to access the Swiss rail network, further Customs-related data must be supplied, particularly with regard to NHM classification and the weight of the goods being transported. It is therefore important that BLS Cargo’s clients and partners insert the relevant details correctly and in full into CIM consignment notes and wagon lists.
BLS Cargo will contact clients and partners affected by this ruling in order to assist them in switching smoothly from one Customs procedure to the other. Traffic moving under simplified community transit arrangements is not affected by these changes.


3. BLS Cargo joins European Rail Freight Association (ERFA)
Last autumn, BLS Cargo became an official member of the European Rail Freight Association (ERFA). The association’s goal is „open access“ i.e. free access for all railway undertakings running freight services in the EU throughout the entire European railway network. In order to achieve this, existing technical and regulatory barriers need to be eliminated. This will enable new international freight transport operators to enter the market and facilitate intramodal competition. (source erfarail.eu).


4. Successful audits
BLS Cargo has successfully completed the recertification audit for ISO 9001:2008. The auditor gave BLS Cargo an excellent report, with no major or minor anomalies having been identified. BLS Cargo also successfully completed the Federal Office of Transport’s standard safety audit.


5. Customer satisfaction survey
In recent weeks, BLS Cargo, together with market research institute GfK, has been carrying out a survey to evaluate satisfaction among clients. The survey has now been completed and we are expectantly awaiting the results. Our grateful thanks to all clients who participated in the survey.


Meiringen Innertkirchen temporary closures

Martin Baumann
 

02.05.2016 to 04.05.2016
09.05.2016 to 13.05.2016
17.05.2016 to 24.06.2016

Buses replace trains


Re4/4ii Passenger Workings 11th to 15th March

Tim G
 

Some SBB Re4/4ii passenger observations from a recent trip, all listed by diagram number :


Friday 11th March
620.1 420208
620.2 11255
620.3 11258
620.6 11301
611.20 11150
611.21 11131


Saturday 12th March
620.1 11244
620.2 420208
620.3 11255
620.5 11249
620.6+620.7 11109+11172
620.8 11243 (IR1963) then 11200+11301
611.13 11111
611.15 11151
611.18 11155
612.9 11199
612.10 11159


Monday 14th March
620.1 11247
620.2 11249
620.3 460061 (IR1965) then 11158
620.5 11255
620.6 11146
620.7 11243
620.8 11244
611.12 11140
611.14 11122
611.15+611.17 11132+11136
611.16 11145
611.18 11148
611.24 11125
611.25 11111
612.3 11194
612.6 11164
612.7 11109
621.4 11135
621.5 421383


Tuesday 15th March
611.7 11147
611.9 11300
611.10 11134
611.11 11126
612.1 11200+11181
612.2 11159
612.3 11245
612.4 11193
612.6 11199
612.9 11198
612.10 11194
612.11 11196
612.12 11156


Good to see a decent scattering of Cargo hire locos putting in an appearance, but the highlight of the trip was an excellent sunny Gotthard run down to Bellinzona and back on Tuesday morning.


Regards

Tim

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