Threatened lines in the east


Martin Baumann
 

Canton St Gallen is investigating if

Gais−Altstätten Stadt

Rorschach Hafen−Heiden

Rheineck−Walzenhausen

should continue as ordinary railways, be converted to automatic operation, or closed. All three will need significant investment in the coming years.

https://www.sg.ch/news/1/2019/01/die-bahnlinien-gaisaltstaetten-stadt--rorschach-hafenheiden-und-.html (German)


Guerbetaler
 

Am 18.01.2019 um 09:42 schrieb Martin Baumann:
Canton St Gallen is investigating if
It's also and just as much the canton Appenzell Ausserrhoden.

Gais−Altstätten Stadt
Rorschach Hafen−Heiden
Rheineck−Walzenhausen
should continue as ordinary railways, be converted to automatic
operation, or closed. All three will need significant investment in
the coming years.


gordonwis
 

Re Gais - Altstätten

I'm not surprised by this at all. Whenever I have been on it the loading was sparse.

Also, of course it suffers from having had the valley end truncated so that there is no seemless rail journey direct to an SBB station. The bus/walk requirement is offputting


Guerbetaler
 

Am 19.01.2019 um 00:58 schrieb gordonwis via Groups.Io:
Re Gais - Altstätten: Whenever I have been on it the loading was
sparse.
Main traffic is touristic.
- riding in the open coach
- going to or cominf from a hike
- bicycles, obviously only in one direction
- sledges (if there is snow)

and all that in sunny weather only...

Nevertheless cost coverage isn't that bad with around 30% (without infrastructure). To compare, Solothurn - Moutier is around 20% and
the investments necessary are much more important.

The danger is, that cost coverage might fall under 20% if the cost of new rolling is much higher.

Markus, Gürbetal


Guerbetaler
 

Am 19.01.2019 um 13:00 schrieb Guerbetaler:
Gais - Altstätten
main traffic is touristic.
- riding in the open coach
- going to or cominf from a hike
- bicycles, obviously only in one direction
- sledges (if there is snow)
and all that in sunny weather only...
Comparing this with the two other lines:

Rorschach - Heiden also has a strong touristic segment and still has the original open coaches. Rheineck - Walzenhausen has touristic traffic but no special offers, as there is only the single motor coach and nothing else. But

Walzenhausen - St. Gallen by train (changing in Rheineck) takes 36 or 37 min and is possible twice an hour.
Walzenhausen - St. Gallen by bus (changing in Heiden) takes 58 or 60 min and is mostly possible once an hour.

Heiden - St. Gallen by train (changing in Rorschach) takes 49 min and is possible once an hour.
Heiden - St. Gallen by bus (without changing) takes 35 or 38 min and is possible at least twice an hour.

Markus, Gürbetal