Thu 30 Aug 2012

A dull, wet day so I went travelling, looking for photo positions and making a few observations of note along the way. I travelled from Erstfeld to Chiasso, back north to Luzern then returned to Erstfeld. Re4/4ii 11156 provided traction for the whole day, apart the section from Bellinzona to Chiasso and back, where flirty class 524 EMUs did the honours.

First observation of note was that we went wrong line from near Intschi to Gurtnellen, passing an engineers train working near the site of the big rockfall. Instead of crossing back to the right line at Gurtnellen we continued “bang road” all the way to Göschenen, passing three freights going down the hill on the way, also thankfully wrong line. It may be perfectly safe but it didn’t feel right! Two of the freights passed were hauled by pairs of BLS class 425 “Brownies”

Another surprise was seeing 500.012 passing Faido more than 10 down on EC12 (I can’t think it could have been anything else), then at Lugano 11158 went north with EC14, formed of normal FS coaches. Southbound EC15 was a class 484 as expected although I didn’t see which one. I wasn’t particularly looking out for them but I didn’t see many of the unloved class 470s all day. They must be having a mass sulk at the moment.

It was good to see exiled Brejlovic 752.059 (DFG) stabled at Chiasso, the first proper diesel I’ve seen in Switzerland for some time. Another pleasant surprise was Re4/4ii 11108, in the superb Swiss Express orange and grey colours, heading southbound IR2173 at Brunnen. I made sure I was in position to get it returning in the evening on IR2192.

We didn’t wait to make the booked connection with the Lugano - Zürich ICN or the following EC at Arth-Goldau for some unknown reason but left for Luzern on time after a short stop. On the way in to Luzern we followed the booked route via Rotkreuz but on the way back IR2177 went via Küssnach instead. I’ve no idea why - it was booked to run via Rotkreuz and was virtually on time away from Luzern.

The RoLa trains seen were probably the same workings as yesterday although the southbound was running a bit later. It was in the yard at Erstfeld, waiting to leave when I arrived back at 16:24. I think these trains are diversions from the Lötschberg/Simplon route.

Erstfeld

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
11156 IR2159 06:04 Basel SBB - Locarno 08:24
(travelled Erstfeld to Bellinzona)
185.107 (DB)   NB Freight 08:28

Amsteg-Silenen

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
460.109 IR2272 06:11 Chiasso - Zürich HB 08:33

Faido

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
500:012 EC12 07:10 Milano Centrale - Zürich HB 09:21

Bellinzona

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
524.006 25063 09:52 Castione-Arbedo - Albate-Camerlata 09:57
(travelled Bellinzona to Chiasso)

Giubiasco

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
11212 IR2174 09:45 Locarno - Basel SBB 10:03

Lugano

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
11158 EC14 09:10 Milano Centrale - Zürich HB 10:29

Chiasso

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
524.110 25060 10:50 Albate-Camerlata - Castione-Arbedo 11:04
(travelled Chiasso to Bellinzona)
752.509 (DFG)   Stabled 11:06

Bellinzona

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
11623
420.307
  SB ACTS Swap Bodies 12:04
185.101 (DB)
185.128 (DB)
  SB Hoppers 12:06
11156 IR2178 11:45 Locarno - Basel SBB 12:06
(travelled Bellinzona to Luzern)

Brunnen

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
11108 IR2173 12:04 Basel SBB - Locarno 14:06

Luzern

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
11218 IR2177 14:04 Basel SBB - Locarno 15:12
(arr Luzern)

Arth-Goldau

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
11156 IR2177 14:04 Basel SBB - Locarno 15:45
(travelled Luzern to Erstfeld)
11677
11333
  NB RoLa 15:50
420.318
11383
  SB Intermodal 15:57

Schwyz

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
460.018 IR2182 13:45 Locarno - Basel SBB 16:02

Erstfeld

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
11131 IR2286 14:45 Locarno - Zürich HB 16:38
11108 IR2192 17:45 Locarno - Basel SBB 19:34