Monday, December 28, 2015


Today I'm taking trains inside Switzerland. First in an Intercity train from Zurich to Bern. 
 I'm getting down at the underground station of Zurich HB. I can see an S-Bahn train, SBB RABe 514, a double decker multiple unit from Siemens Desiro family.
 At the station, the displays are showing the composition of the trains.
 SBB Re 450 locomotive hauled with double deck coaches is the most common S-Bahn train in Zurich. Similar coaches can be found in Germany, Denmark and Israel.

 IC2000 double deck coaches, hauled by RE 460 locomotives. IC2000 has a top speed of 200km/h and they were delivered from 1997. They will be supplemented this year by new Bombardier TWINDEXX, which will be operated without need of a locomotive.
 Inside 2nd floor 1st class coach.
 There is a restaurant on the 2nd floor, and a Bistro on the 1st floor.
 The Intercity line between Zurich and Bern goes non-stop, and one part (52km) is including Switzerlands's only high speed railway between Mattstetten (near Bern) and Rothrist (near Olten), allowing speed of 200km/h and making the journey between some of largest cities of Bern, Basel and Zurich to be just under 1 hour.
 Arriving to Bern station. Bern is the capital of Switzerland, but it is the 4th largest town after Zurich, Geneva, and Basel.
 BLS (Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon) is the local railway company operating commuter trains. Here is one of the newest Stadler Kiss double deck (also known as Stadler Dosto) for BLS (RABe 515). Very soon (from 2017) it will be possible to see these trains in Mälardalen region and in Stockholm as the Mälab company has ordered 33 of these type of trains.
It is also possible to see similar version of this train in Germany (ODEG), Luxembourg (CFL), Austria (WESTbahn), Russia (Aeroexpress) and soon in Sweden.
 TGV Lyria company is a corporation between french SNCF and Swiss SBB, which together are offering railway high speed services between France and Switzerland. Train services have been offered since long time ago (e.g. as Trans Europe Express), but the Lyria name was applied first 2002.
 Since 2007, and opening of the new TGV Est line the service it operated with TGV POS (Pars-Ostfrankreich-Süddeutschland) trains. With opening of the TGV Rhin-Rhône line 2011, the TGV Lyria services are using that line as well.
 TGV POS train with SNCF and SBB logotypes.
 SBB version of Stadler Kiss (RABe 511) is operated as RegioExpress train
 Inside the train there is a poster for a protest movement against second road tunnel at Gotthard route.
 BLS RABe 535 for the Lötschberger route.
 RABe 511
 TGV Lyria from Bern to Paris. More about TGV Lyria - in my next posts.
 As many other cities in Switzerland there are trolleybuses.
 The tram lines in Bern.

The Alps viewed from Bern.

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