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Gotthardbahn (3/5)

SBB Gotthard railway line rises 634 metres between Erstfeld and Göschenen where the railway enters Gotthard tunnel through the Alps. Uphills starts right after the station as can be seen from this tele shot.

Erstfeld is also quite a busy station for the size of the town. Longer freight trains are split there so that they could be hauled up the almost continuous 2-3% grade. Extra engines are also used as pushers. In addition there's traffic generated by the construction works of Gotthard Base Tunnel, which will bypass the whole mountain line on the next decade.

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Additional Photos by Kari Tanskanen (ktanska) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4359 W: 62 N: 7471] (42560)
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