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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:09 am 
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Due to a rock fall, buses replace trains between Chur and Arosa.

No date set yet for re-opening. Also, no indication as to where exactly the rock fall was.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:59 am 
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Got this translation from another site:

Chur- Arosa line closed four weeks
The line of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB ) from Chur and Arosa ( GR) was closed
due to a landslide. Replacement buses run .

A large amount of boulders swept channels and damaged a Friday night around
22:00 , above the station L?en . Rail traffic will be blocked for four weeks
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20,000 m3 of rock

Nobody was injured. The starting point of the landslide is about 500 meters
above the rail facilities , indicate the Saturday Rhaetian Railway . As
stated in the ats his deputy director Christian Florin, some 20,000 cubic
meters of rock broke , about 100 have caused damage to 100 meters of track
and catenary .
Accompanied by forestry and geologists, specialists RhB defined on-site
procedures . The work of clearing and repair begin in a few days , says
Florin . As soon as weather conditions permit , the blocks will be left
unstable rock rubble or reduced beforehand. The rain complicated for the
time intervention.
Rail traffic between Chur and Arosa will be blocked for the next four weeks
, say RhB . Replacement buses will continue to circulate until now between
the two destinations.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:18 am 
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Wow!
20,000m3 is a large slide volume. They could set up a gravel crusher onsite and stockpile some ballast if the rock is good enough quality, or make concrete aggregate for the new retaining wall/avalanche gallery they may need.
Thanks for the info Glenn, we will have to wait for pictures....

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:59 pm 
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Saw this yesterday but didn't have time to post.
Only one picture so far.
http://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/graubu ... 78858.html
Seems to have happened before earlier this year and took four weeks to clear.
Dai


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Did a train come upon this, or do they have inspection cars that go along the line each day? Good thing a train wasn't there when it happened.

Have they had lots of rain lately to loosen things up?


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Additional report and picture.
http://www.suedostschweiz.ch/vermischte ... n-gesperrt
Dai


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Looks like a train service is back in action from tomorrow but only St Peter-Molinis to Arosa. Buses still run from Chur to St Peter.


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Closed again this afternoon, appears to be as a result of a train failure. Buses replace trains over the whole of the line.


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I had a short talk with the contractor of http://www.crestageo.ch/. This is an exciting and dangerous business clearing rock falls under still unstable cliffs. By chance the 11kV feeder was left intact, even when the track and catenary were smashed. So the two trapped Allegra train sets could keep operating. After some weeks it seems impossibility of maintenance and component failures have disabled both sets until the line can be reopened.

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:07 am 
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Bit of a necro, but saving creating a new thread.

http://camserver.z-online.ch/picture/ar ... 502187.jpg

Works appearing to be taking place at Arosa, looks like track nearest station building has been taken up. A tower crane is located next to the kiosk.


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