How do SBB "Stop on Requests" Work? (Cavaglia)

How do SBB "Stop on Requests" Work? (Cavaglia)

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OHGeologist
OHGeologist
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May 30, 2017 - 12:06 PM

Hello. We will be heading from Poschiavo to Pontresina with a stop at the Cavaglia Gletschergarten. The SBB timetable says that the stops with an X by them are "stop on request". Do I request that stop when I show them my Swiss Travel Pass once on the train?

And if we want to get back on a train from Cavaglia on to Ponstresina, and Cavaglia shows up as a "stop on request" (June 25 14:44)...how do they know we want the train to stop...or do they just see us at the small stop along the tracks?

Thank you,

Oh Geologist

Lucas
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May 30, 2017 - 5:55 PM in reply to OHGeologist

When I traveled to Davos last year it was a similar setup. Those trains had call buttons to request a stop (like any city bus).
You didn't need to inform the conductor (although you could to double-check on your train) :)

The train will stop if they see anyone at the station when pulling in (so don't wait inside anywhere!)

Lucas

maggiehorswell
maggiehorswell
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May 30, 2017 - 11:37 PM in reply to Lucas

hi

We have used stop on request on the Zweisimmen - Lenk line a couple of times. As Lucas says there is a call button on the train to press to stop it to disembark. Sit where you can see the route on the display screens in the carriage so that you know when your stop is coming up. There will be a tannoy announcement as well but in German so watching screen is best! From memory I think it is "Halt auf Verlangen" you will hear and also see on the screen.

On the station platforms of request stations there is also a call button to request the train to stop for you - just check which direction of travel you are going in and press appropriate button.

Don't worry - we have had no problems figuring it out!

Maggie

Lucas
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May 31, 2017 - 8:47 AM in reply to maggiehorswell

Thanks Maggie! I didn't notice the call button at a station as well!

OHGeologist
OHGeologist
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May 31, 2017 - 10:05 AM

Thanks very much Lucas and Maggie...I pictured us out trying to wave down the train!

Oh(io) Geologist

Lucas
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May 31, 2017 - 2:25 PM in reply to OHGeologist

Haha! I assumed it was more that the train driver sees passengers waiting and stops the train ;).
No frantic arm waving needed - I guess someone pressed a button on the tracks without me noticing!

Lucas

Alpenrose666
Alpenrose666
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Jun 1, 2017 - 3:19 AM in reply to Lucas

>> I guess someone pressed a button on the tracks without me noticing!

Yes, that might have been the case!

The only "Halt auf Verlangen" button I ever saw on a platform had very specific instructions for use. Something along the lines of: it must be pressed no earlier than 10 minutes before the train was due, and if it was not pressed, the train would not stop regardless!

However, I have seen bus drivers and train drivers in Switzerland go out of their way for tourists on so many occasions, that I would be really surprised if they actually did not stop when they saw people on the platform, even if the button had not been pressed.

Alpenrose

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