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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:49 am 
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Question posed by someone on another forum that I couldn't give a definitive answer to.
What are they for?
I know they seem to announce trains, but is it 1 bell for track one, 2 for two etc and do they have any other function?
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No, one bell for trains from Alvaneu, the other for trains from Stuls, the third for trains from Wiesen. Each had a specific ring.

You can even try them out on the webcam site

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Cheers HJ
Still plenty for me to learn and those gongs are now saved to the sound effects file. :grin:

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Glad you liked them Paul! They were indeed as HJ has said but every station had them and they were designed to collect the 'flock ' together. Every local would soon know the tone for his/her desired direction.

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Hi guys,

Does anyone know if the Susch station currently has a bell? I found a good site with all kinds of detail pictures around the station but I couldn't see a bell anywhere. Maybe I'll just have to go there and find out first hand! :grin:

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Keith,
don't know whether Susch currently has a bell, but a few years ago when I was there it did - although it was a single tone continuous ring like a household front door bell rather than the Filisur type gong/Glock
AFAIK the only place now with the gong - type bells is Filisur. And even then they only work in Summer. Apparently they have become rather temperature sensitive in their old age. Rather like me....... :roll:
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:lol: I hear you Mike!! :grin:

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Mike Thomas wrote:
Keith,
don't know whether Susch currently has a bell, but a few years ago when I was there it did - although it was a single tone continuous ring like a household front door bell rather than the Filisur type gong/Glock
AFAIK the only place now with the gong - type bells is Filisur. And even then they only work in Summer. Apparently they have become rather temperature sensitive in their old age. Rather like me....... :roll:
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I had the pleasure of spending the night on the top floor of the station at Ospizio Bernina last summer - i can confirm the bells are in operation :)

The gongs:
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The view from my room :)
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Great pictures Frederik--of course we're always interested in more of them! :grin:
I see that those bells have some extra pieces on top of them, whereas the Filisur bells have a single 'spire'. Any idea what they do?

It looks like they were doing some foreshore work--I see a storage container and an excavator. Do you know what they were building?

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Yes! I nearly forgot those. I think they are pipes for the electrical connection. A wire runs into the gong from each side. I may be wrong, though, i had so many impressions that day :)

I'll dig some more pictures out. Well basically the work must have been preparations for the new bernina units. Track three has been made longer (i think i have a pic showing how they actually had to cut a corner off the toilet building) and there is now only one track connected to the turntable (besides the one coming out the back of the building - photos coming up) New signals everywhere - and the funny turnout lantern that was mounted on two beams sticking out over the cliff is now, sadly, gone.

But but i think maybe the excavator simply was loading ballast? There's an extension to track one (north direction) which has a ramp besides it. (ramp is actually level with the road coming up from the station platform). Pictures coming up.

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Keith, looking at my own pics i now see what you're talking about :D "oh, THAT excavator!".

I have no idear what it's doing - let me check the pics.

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Frederik,
Thanks for the correction on the gong situation and the pictures.
It's interesting to see the work going on at Ospizio -do you know if the station still staffed or has it gone over to automatic working?
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Mike Thomas wrote:
Frederik,
Thanks for the correction on the gong situation and the pictures.
It's interesting to see the work going on at Ospizio -do you know if the station still staffed or has it gone over to automatic working?
Mike


The operation is fully automated.

It is staffed though, by an elderly italian guy with a fluent english and german as well.

I just posted my holiday pictures in another thread - you should find the inside of the restaurant as well as some snaps from the rooms upstairs where we spend the night. The rooms are stuffed with bunk beds and thick wolly swizz army blankets. I recon the place is more for skiiers than summer tourists.

We enjoyed a nice thick soup of some sort wich my wife was able to copy successfully :)

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Bunk beds (my son plays the bassoon)
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Soup and calanda:
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