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Re: Landquart - Chur - Ems Werk Freight (Standard Gauge)

Max Wyss
 

The association with squirrels is usually with Arosa. 

What kind of containers did you see? 

Max.

 


Re: Landquart - Chur - Ems Werk Freight (Standard Gauge)

yatton123
 

On several YouTube videos I've seen the BLS container train described as “Eichhörnli-Express” (Squirrel Express).
Does anyone why it is so called ?


Re: Infrastrukturdiagnose

csipromo
 


Re: Infrastrukturdiagnose

csipromo
 

As far as I know, XTmass 160 001 is an only child. It was built in Italy to SBB specs.
Once an issue is detected, the appropriate work train (rails, catenary, etc) is dispatched to that location.

Regards

Mike C


Re: Infrastrukturdiagnose

csipromo
 


Infrastrukturdiagnose

John Lovda
 

I saw this locomotive sitting at the Zurich HB. I understand that this unit had laser measuring equipment to check track positioning. There does not seem to be any actual alignment equipment on it. Can the equipment measure location down to centimeters for another machine to come and actually straighten tracks? What kind of machine actually does the straightening? How many of these measuring locomotives does the SBB have?

John

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79976134@N07/51614903029/


Re: COVID rules, was: Less travelled narrow gauge trains

Guerbetaler
 

Gordon sent a message to SwissRail, but online I found it corrupted and the photo was 2.4 MB. Thus I take his original post and send it this way.
Sorry for that, but I wasn't able to repair his message directly.
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On Saturday, 23 October 2021, 20:24:58 BST, Guerbetaler via groups.io <guerbetaler@...> wrote:
> I can't find this update. But what is a "NHS COVID certificate"?

Hi Markus,

I drove to and around Switzerland in beautiful weather last week.

Reference to an 'NHS Covid certificate' means the paper and/or digital QR coded certificate that we get from the UK NHS (in my case in England) if we are 'double jabbed' aka fully vaccinated. This was being accepted as proof for entry into restaurants etc during the 'interim period' but soon won't be. So I timed my visit perfectly in that sense.

Before I left the UK I made sure I had my original paper version of my NHS Covid cert, as well as the digital version on my phone (I also had the French Pass Sanitaire on my phone for the French section of my trip)

The paper certificate was requested by staff at Ibis Baden Neuenhof but only for getting past the tape barrier into the bar/eating area. For my one night at Ibis Wankdorf, I didn't need the certificate in the hotel as I went into town to eat.
On showing my paper NHS cert to the doorman at the Lotschberg restaurant, he panicked at the dreaded word 'Astrazeneca' but on me telling him that the actual vaccine (called Vaxzevria) is on the Swiss approved list he checked with his manager and all was well. For extra evidence I had downloaded on my phone the Swiss Health department's rules proving the above and showed it to him later as a matter of interest/courtesy

Sample photo from my trip: 11630 and 11345 between Reichenbach and Frutigen 14 October


Re: COVID rules, was: Less travelled narrow gauge trains

Martin Baumann
 

On Sat, Oct 23, 2021 at 08:24 PM, Guerbetaler wrote:


what is a "NHS COVID certificate"
Health is run separately by each administration in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Residents of each can apply for a certificate confirming their vaccinated status, usually via an app. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/get-digital-covid-pass/


Re: COVID rules, was: Less travelled narrow gauge trains

Guerbetaler
 

Am 23.10.2021 um 13:17 schrieb john_dmj:
Change made: ... NHS COVID Certificates will be no longer be accepted
for entry into indoor hospitality, cultural activities and indoor
from 25 October
I can't find this update. But what is a "NHS COVID certificate"?

A general change is proposed (but not yet decided) in that rapid antigen tests no longer give a certificate. Only PCR tests are valid.

However, if you are not vaccinated, I can't recommend to travel abroad. independent from where you live.

If you are vaccinated but don't have an EU-COVID-certificate, from 25 October you must apply for a Swiss certificate here:

https://covidcertificate-form.admin.ch/form

Markus


Re: COVID rules, was: Less travelled narrow gauge trains

john_dmj
 

The basic rules at the moment are:

- travlling in public transport is open for everybody but with mask
- Restaurants, also in hotels, can only be accessed with a certificate but then you are allowed to take off the mask
- Shops and take aways are open for everybody but with mask

However, rules might change until Christmas


Update from GOV.​UK for:

Switzerland travel advice


Switzerland travel advice

Change made:
Updated information on Switzerland’s COVID-19 restrictions and testing requirements: NHS COVID Certificates will be no longer be accepted for entry into indoor hospitality, cultural activities and indoor from 25 October (‘Coronavirus’ pages).

Time updated:
12:45pm, 21 October 2021



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Re: Less travelled narrow gauge trains

Andy Micklethwaite
 

At 21:12 22/10/2021, you wrote:
How was travel during COVID times?
Almost everyone wears a mask. We travelled first class to avoid the crowds. The resort we stayed in (Saas Fee) had had no Covid according to the lady who runs the hotel - that's despite ski teams visiting for training on the glacier. No need to wear masks outdoors. A bigger risk is probably planes and airports (particularly the non-Swiss end)

HTH, Andy Mick


Re: Less travelled narrow gauge trains

John Lovda
 

Switzerland is very strict about wearing masks on public transport; trains, trams, buses. There were no complaints that I could see. 98% compliance. If you go, wear a comfortable cloth mask. After eight days of wearing a regular disposable mask with elastic string for 12 hours the inside back of my ears were raw from chaffing. Stopped in several stores in the HB ShopVille and when my mask was down I was reminded. They were checking at the big Coop on the Bahnhofbrücke as you walked in. I was checked twice at restaurants for my Covid certificate. You need one to get served. I didn't have a Swiss QR code but I showed them my US CDC shot card and they were fine with that. The trains seemed to be filled like normal and I felt quite safe. I had to pay SF 65 at one of the pharmacies in ShopVille for an Antigen Covid test for my flight back home. They charge SF 110 at the Zürich airport.


Re: New Zurich trams finally ordered

Guerbetaler
 

It should be noted that the externally uniform Tram 2000 consists of three series with important differences:

1) 1976-78 2001-2045, 2301-2315 138 kW per dc motor, chopper
2) 1985-87 2046-2098, 2401-2420 150 kW per dc motor, chopper
3) 1991-92 2099-2121, 2421-2435 160 kW per ac motor, inverter, regenerative braking

RBS 81-89 belong to the second series but have regenerative braking

Markus


Re: Less travelled narrow gauge trains

Andy Micklethwaite
 

At 15:54 22/10/2021, you wrote:
Here are some of my pictures from my trip. There are a few of the Appenzeller Bahn and the TPC trains around Aigle.
Thank you John. Much more impressive than the collection from my recent visit.
Andy Mick.


Re: [Swiss Rail] Less travelled narrow gauge trains

Chuck Higdon
 

Here are some of my pictures from my trip.
John, thanks for posting/sharing these photos. Very nice photos, I enjoyed seeing them.

Take care,
Chuck Higdon


Re: COVID rules, was: Less travelled narrow gauge trains

Guerbetaler
 

Am 22.10.2021 um 22:12 schrieb David:
How was travel during COVID times? My final day to pay for a holiday
(Christmas/New Year’s) trip to Switzerland is coming up next week.
The thought of riding trains all day wearing a mask doesn’t exactly
thrill me. Evenings will be spent indoors where, I assume, masks will
be required.
The basic rules at the moment are:
- travlling in public transport is open for everybody but with mask
- Restaurants, also in hotels, can only be accessed with a certificate but then you are allowed to take off the mask
- Shops and take aways are open for everybody but with mask

However, rules might change until Christmas

Markus


Re: Less travelled narrow gauge trains

David
 

How was travel during COVID times?
My final day to pay for a holiday (Christmas/New Year’s) trip to Switzerland is coming up next week. The thought of riding trains all day wearing a mask doesn’t exactly thrill me. Evenings will be spent indoors where, I assume, masks will be required. I read the Swiss Card now costs 30 CHF for the English (Brits and Americans); gouge the winter travelers?
Conversations with one Swiss and one French resident last week, their opinions were travel is easier now since numbers are down.

Enjoyed the pics.


Re: New Zurich trams finally ordered

Martin Baumann
 

On Fri, Oct 22, 2021 at 04:13 PM, Martin Baumann wrote:


13 2300 series remain
I wrote that before I learned that 2306 went for scrap today, so 12 left


Re: New Zurich trams finally ordered

Martin Baumann
 

Provisional figures for tram use from December from BAHNFORUM:

15 4000 Class (20 expected to be on hand by the end of the year)

76 out of 88 Cobra 3001-3088 (VBG 3062-3080 17 out of 19 rostered)

16 out of 23 extended Be 4/6 2099-2121

97 Be 4/6 of 2000 and 2300 series (as of today 92 2000 series and 13 2300 series remain)

29 out of 35 Be 2/4 2400


Re: Less travelled narrow gauge trains

John Lovda
 

Here are some of my pictures from my trip. There are a few of the Appenzeller Bahn and the TPC trains around Aigle.

I also have three photos of the massive renovation project on the original Zürich HB building. They made a huge temporary roof during the work. Made me think of Chernobyl. They were doing extensive work on the outside of the Lausanne Gare as well. I have a photo from 2016 showing the demolition of the Lausanne Depot. I was surprised that five years later there is still construction equipment surrounding the new museum. The turntable is still there.

John

https://www.flickr.com/photos/79976134@N07/albums/72157720052025924

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