Most freight into Basel comes through Germany. I tend to stick with Pratteln but have been to Bad a couple of times. Bad has some German traction that doesn’t pass Basel SBB RB, whereas Pratteln has more local Swiss freight trains. Bad has some DB passenger trains whereas Pratteln has SBB...
Not quite sure what the Kander Viaduct II has to do with HSTs, but I’m not convinced that the geography in the Pass of Killiecrankie would support a Killiecrankie Viaduct II. There are better Swiss examples. And if we were following the Swiss example we would likely build a new tunnel from...
Brig to Domodossola is managed by SBB and uses Swiss voltage and train protection system.
Someone mentioned bus station on top of the railway station. Check out Chur, CH. Not only does it have a bus station above the platforms, but it has different gauge railway lines and there’s a second set...
It depends on the unit. Class 170s can happily potter about with the middle vehicle removed, or with an additional middle vehicle added. It’s a fairly rare occurrence due to the time taken to split and reform, but not impossible.
There’s no 14:44 departure from Inverness. There was a 14:48 to Glasgow, but that should have been a 170.
There was a refurbished HST on the 15:54 from Inverness to Edinburgh on Tuesday. The 08:34 from Edinburgh to Inverness was also a refurbished HST that day.
Driving motor coach: https://flic.kr/p/hieC6W
Driving trailer coach: https://flic.kr/p/gZ52KE
Note that the motor coach is Bo-Bo-Bo.
The coaches are also used with NS 1700 Class locomotives: https://flic.kr/p/e5sr7Q
FS do the same at Brennero.
At Venlo, I watched several freight trains arrive and drop their pans as they crossed between the two voltages and then get shunted back into the correct side.
Although the shunting in this case took place with a...
There is significantly less running at the moment. Hupac are one of the big companies and are running less than a third of their weekly trains, with much freight entering Switzerland by boat to Basel.
Local freights still running, plus a handful that come via France. I would expect things...