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Date: 07/03/20 16:09
Swiss trains collide in tunnel, a passenger and freight.
Author: czuleget

I found this surfing a minute ago.  It is nothing catastrophic. It looks like it may be a side swipe. 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/trains-collide-inside-swiss-mountain-tunnel/ar-BB16jbX5?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 07/03/20 16:14 by czuleget.



Date: 07/03/20 20:57
Re: Swiss trains collide in tunnel, a passenger and freight.
Author: railsmith

That would be the Furka Base Tunnel, 15.4 km (9.6 miles) long, metre-gauge track.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furka_Base_Tunnel
 



Date: 07/04/20 05:51
Re: Swiss trains collide in tunnel, a passenger and freight.
Author: DaveL

Furka is a single track tunnel.....sideswipe??



Date: 07/04/20 08:56
Re: Swiss trains collide in tunnel, a passenger and freight.
Author: SOO6617

DaveL Wrote:
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> Furka is a single track tunnel.....sideswipe??

The Furka Base Tunnel has a passing siding at Gehren near the middle.



Date: 07/04/20 19:09
Re: Swiss trains collide in tunnel, a passenger and freight.
Author: railsmith

DaveL Wrote:
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> Furka is a single track tunnel.....sideswipe??

Swiss tunnels sometimes have two external tracks merging into a single track just a short distance inside the tunnel. Presumably the idea is to keep the switch clear of ice and snow.  That would be one possible location for a sideswipe, other than the passing tracks within a tunnel.

After reading the brief article again, I think that the incident did not involve the Furka tunnel, but rather a shorter tunnel between the west end of the Furka and the village farther to the west, called Oberwald. A short distance from the west end of the Furka Tunnel, there's another one, just 568 metres, and trains emerging westbound from that one are very close to Oberwald station at that point. That resembles the scene in the photograph.

So my original reference to the Furka tunnel was likely in error.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/04/20 19:19 by railsmith.



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