Bernina Express livery is given up
In 1983 the RhB has introduced a new red-brown livery for the new delivered coaches EW III. This special livery, used for the Bernina Express, has been given up now. The first vehicle EW IV B 2494 has received a red painting with silver line, as it was used for years on the main network.
Freight centre in Samedan
With the change of the timetable June the new goods transshipment center Oberengadin was put into operation. It is located at the connecting road between Samedan and Pontresina, far away from any settlement to protect the residents against the noise from the centre. The four-track station uses a 30 ton container crane. The main purpose is the reload of containers for food and waste.
Gem 4/4 801 modernized
The already announced modernization of the Gem 4/4 801 has been finished successfully. The driver cabs of the 31 year old machine have been separated and replaced by new ones, which are 20 cm longer than before. It became possible to adapt the driver's cab to today's needs. The locomotive has modern Cummins Diesel engines QST30-L, which are supplying an output of 709 kW. Apart from the use of old components, like drive motors and generators, newly developed electronic controls (based on MAS-Trafic system from Selectron Systems) were inserted. At the beginning of the summer season locomotive 801 returned to service. Starting from September the second locomotive of the series, no 802, will be subject of the same change.
The complaints about the restriction of the train service during the demonstration against the World Economic forum in January have been rejected. The RhB won't be the subject of sanctions. According to the Federal Office of Traffic the behaviour of the RhB was covered by law.
Repeated closures of the ChA
Because of unstable earth masses the Chur-Arosa line has been closed between 25 April and 20 May as well as between 10. and 30 June. Affected is the part between Chur and St. Peter-Molinis. The problems are caused by long time rainfalls which threatened a landslide of 30.000 cubic metres at Calfreisen. Traffic to St. Peter was handled with buses. In order to protect the line in future, a protection gallery will be built within the next months.
On 14 June the locomotive Ge 6/6 411 and the salon car As 1154 were drawn by the German steam locomotive 41 018 to a depot in Oberschleissheim (Germany). The vehicles will be stored up to 2003. For the future it is planned to present both vehicles in the hall "rail traffic" of the traffic center of the German museum, which is under construction. They will represent the epoch of the luxury train journeys within the 1930's.
Works at Disentis station finished
After several years of work the rebuilt station Disentis was inaugurated on June 15th. The 25 millions SFR were financed mainly from the budget for the construction of the Gotthard base tunnel. For the extensive materials transport to the NEAT constructions site to nearby Sedrun the old station have been simply too small. The works have brought some new features: an extension of the station area at the east and south, a 300m long platform with track-free access as well as a 107 m long roof, which offers weather protection for passengers and trains.