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Narrow Gauge Street Running by ZCochrane Narrow Gauge Street Running by ZCochrane
Unlike all other narrow- and normal gauge tracks in Chur (Switzerland), the Arosa line to, well, Arosa, starts on the place in front of the station and then continues on roads through the town itself. While this looks rather streetcar-like, it really is more what the americans call street running. The normal mainline (narrow gauge mainline, of course) vehicles run very, very slowly through the city, probably because they lack streetcar quality brakes. However, traffic lights block all other road traffic while a train is passing, which happens twice per hour (not counting additional freight trains). Normal traffic is allowed to follow the crawling trains once they have passed, however.

Here, you can see one important detail: Unlike any streetcar ever would, the line actually crosses into the opposite lane to make the corner. While the Arosa line has some amazingly tight bents, none of them reach streetcar levels. Ge 4/4II 616 is pulling a passenger train, this time without any freight cars, towards Arosa.

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:iconhyginustus:
was bedeutet dieses vorfahrtsschild
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:iconzcochrane:
ZCochrane Oct 18, 2013  Student Photographer
Meine Vermutung: Die Hauptstraße geht schräg rechts, zwei Nebenstraßen kommen von schräg links. Ich kann aber auch nur raten was sich die Schweizer da gedacht haben.
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:iconhyginustus:
ich hätte vieleicht die beschreibung lesen sollen, hab mich nämlich schon gewundert in deutschland gibt es sowas nicht
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:iconcomboio-bolt:
The only railways I like from Switzerland. The RhB. Nice catch!
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pearwood Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw the white line before I saw the tracks in the pavement. It was rather a surreal effect with the great red steel worm snaking its way down the roadway. Nifty photo.
Steve
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:iconferrabra:
How lovely!
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:iconzcochrane:
ZCochrane Feb 8, 2011  Student Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:! :)
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:iconferrabra:
No problem!
Narrow-gauge trains - my eternal love ...
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:iconswisstrain:
haha tolles bild, ich bin immer wieder erstaunt wie viele meterspuren über die strasse gehen :D
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EricForFriends Nov 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
An impressive sight. :)

I remember seeing someone being surprised here with tram/streetcar rails just like that in the street - which is very normal in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague - but a train running over the street, that's something else. :)

In The Hague we have Light Rail, which uses both the railway network and the street, but it's the opposite from street running with them - they look like trams running on train tracks.
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