Oct 26, 2017 - 8:32 AM
in reply to Lucas
Amplifying your comments, there are very few long straight stretches of track in Switzerland that allow for very high speed trains. Where the tracks permit, the Swiss trains do hit high speeds. In the new Gotthard Basis tunnel is an example.
Speeds up to 250 km/hr are achieved, and new locomotives with that capability have been added to the rolling stock.
And, on the mainline north of Bern, between Biel and Solothurn, the tracks have been rebuilt and made more suitable for high speed rail, so there are short stretches where high speeds are attained. Also, the fastest trains bypass many small towns and intermediate stops. That is one reason why the current route from Luzern to Geneva is faster than the old one through the Emmental, even though the new route goes all the way north to or almost to Olten, where it turns southwestward and picks up the newer, faster trackage. towards Bern.
The trip to Geneva is longer in distance, faster, and less scenic than the Emmental route through Langnau i.E.
And, of course, in the mountainous regions, mountain transport is inherently slower, not only because of the curves, but also the gradients, which are steep enough to require cograil traction.
Last modified on Oct 26, 2017 - 8:41 AM by Slowpoke