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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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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Student
was bedeutet dieses vorfahrtsschild
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner 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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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student
ich hätte vieleicht die beschreibung lesen sollen, hab mich nämlich schon gewundert in deutschland gibt es sowas nicht
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Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
The only railways I like from Switzerland. The RhB. Nice catch!
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pearwood Featured By Owner 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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Ferrabra Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
How lovely!
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Student Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:! :)
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Ferrabra Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
No problem!
Narrow-gauge trains - my eternal love ...
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SwissTrain Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
haha tolles bild, ich bin immer wieder erstaunt wie viele meterspuren über die strasse gehen :D
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner 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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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Student Photographer
It looks extremely odd, and it's a lot of fun to see it. If you do go to Switzerland and find yourself in Chur, I'd absolutely recommend to try it.

We have light rail like that in Germany as well, in various forms, and it always looks a little off to see those trams on the mainline. No comparison to this at least.

Thank you for the :+fav: on this and the sparrows! :)
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devianb Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
That must be quite a sight to see, especially being narrow gauge in the streets. Most places in the states eliminated or rerouted lines away from streets.
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Student Photographer
Yes, it's very interesting to see, especially as most trains there are passenger trains with one or two freight wagons at the end.
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robertbeardwell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Wow that is very cool indeed, guessing this is 1 meter gauge?
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Student Photographer
Yes, it is. Thank you for all the :+fav:s! :)
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robertbeardwell Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Cool and no Probs :D
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
We have no examples of street running in the UK, and I imagine it must be quite interesting to watch. The only thing we have in the UK is level crossings, which probably don't count. :)
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student Photographer
I'm not aware of any examples in Germany either. It certainly is something very cool to see.

Thank you for the :+fav:! :)
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nettwerk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Here we have two examples of street-running - even though one is to be closed down in a couple of months to be turned into a tram-train line. Oh, and yeah, both examples are of Iberian gauge.
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student Photographer
Interesting, do you happen to have any pictures of that?
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nettwerk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Unfortunately, not yet. The one that's about to be transformed is around 200 km's from here, while the other is in Lisbon - although its traffic is irregular, and only with freight trains. Plus... my lazy mood doesn't want to lift :oops:
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student Photographer
No problem, I know that feeling all too well… Still, if you some day get around to taking pictures of either, I would certainly not mind. :D
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nettwerk Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
lol, well, it can happen someday... especially when I know for sure that some trains are going through the one in Lisbon (the other, well... it's a bit far away).
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Bawetta Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Amazing . So they have train behaving like tram in traffic?
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student Photographer
Essentially, yes. However, a tram has to stop for cars (at least sometimes), while here, the entire road gets blocked for the train.
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GDupons Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
Thats wrong, trams has always priority in switzerland. But often they had to stop for drivers who have forgotten that! :)
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Bawetta Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
:bulletgreen: Minor detail ;)
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Raakone Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009
Very nice. I like pictures of street-running. The lighting is good.
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Student Photographer
Thank you for the comment and the :+fav:! :)
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