Works along the line
A. Andenmatten, M. Fischer, H.-J. Häfliger, N. Kirchner, B. Küry, C. Mayer; O. Racine, U. Rieder, H. Schomaker, A. Schuler; M. Willi;
Christmas greetings 2017
Week 43 Removal of the lowered rack rail / winter works
Due to the positive experiences also the other two rack rails are modified. A hole is milled into the structure to accept the axle. This is much easier on the crane car than on the Furka Pass road.
A sorted support for the lowering rack rail with the brass rollers installed in August 2017, which help to reduce the frictional resistance significantly.
The parts show no signs of wear.
The mechanics are taken off every autumn to protect the parts against corrosion (road salt application) and the snow plow, and to carry out regular maintenance work.
On 26 October, the wintering works of the line Oberwald-Gletsch with the taking out of service of the level crossing "Bogen" in Oberwald are completed. The pit of the lowerable rack is cleaned with a jet of water from the dirt that has accumulated there during the summer.
Experienced colleagues from the section of Eastern Switzerland work on dozens of bearing plates for rack-rails saddles. Slots are milled into the plates so that saddles and racks need not be disassembled when adjusting the height of the racks.
Week 42 Wintering works
In order to ensure the supply of the construction sites in the Furka vertex tunnel with electrical energy, the electrical line, which was fed by the generator, was extended from the niche 24 to the niche 28. The group of the section Aargau is doing this work, using a flat wagon and the tractor Tm 506.
As the works in the vertex tunnel had been optimal, it is possible to repair a damaged point in the helical . The scaffolding wagon, the fire extinguishing wagon for the water supply and the diesel locomotive HGm 61 are used.
This work demands high requirements on people and machines. For a good work progress it needs many conditions and functioning work processes.
At tunnelmeter 760 further square meters of the eroded tunnel wall are stabilised with reinforced shotcrete.
To ensure that air quality in the vertex tunnel is not impacted by exhaust gases, compressed air and electrical energy are generated at the Muttbach portal and transported via lines and tubes to the construction site 800 meters away.
The Kkl flat wagon with 30 tons of shotcrete and the crane wagons came over the past weekend with the diesel trains from Realp to Furka.
In view of the weather report the composition was put "under the roof" on the Sunday after the last train.
The company Sersa Technics Ltd. helps the DFB since years with valuable services as e.g.during the week37-2017.
The first movement consists in unloading the narrow gauge rolling cart, which contains all the welding equipment.
On the Rhonequelle - Gletsch line individual exposed bumps are welded in the rack rail section. This results in an improved runnng through the curve and so reduces maintenance costs.
On the working place Realp, special railjoints B - VST 36 are welded.
Other than the welds on the line, the TIG process and electrodes are used.
Week 31 other sites
Week 31_"sleepers factory"
Week 30 - Login Bellinzona
The apprentices of Login Bellinzona also do a great job in their third week of work. They bring a lot of knowledge and many skills from their training and the work at other rack railways.
The track, which is over a hundred years old, requires a great effort for control and maintenance so that safety is ensured.
The site is approaching the station of Oberwald. This allows to eat in the staff dining car which is parked there during summer time.
Week 25 - 28, Repairing the retaining wall upper to the level crossing Blauhaus
Week 25 track renewal
After the completion of the track renewal, the apprentices and the trainers of Login Olten also say goodbye.
All involved have done the last three weeks of great and accident-free job:
- VFB section Rhein-Main
- Login Zurich, Bern and Olten
- Employees DFB Construction
- Train driver and train attendants
The steam railway Furka-Mountain line thanks for the great support.
In Realp, the CAT 908 loads the ballast wagon. In order to avoid exposure to dust (silicosis), the ballast is sprayed with water during handling.
On the last section of the track renewal, the ballast is unloaded.
This precise work asks high demands on the communication between the train attendant, the unloading crew and the driver.
Week 24 Track renewal
At a length of 100m the sleepers are already precisely put and fixed. Already in the 100-meter-long section, the sleepers are precisely designed and the sleepers mounted. As soon as the rails are laid, this section is also ballasted, then adjusted and tamped.
The apprentices of Login Bern continue the work on the just completed underground. Once the sleepers have been laid precisely, the rack bars are installed.
Week 23 Track renewal
For the first time of a track renewal 2017, an electrically operated cable winch is used to move the tamping machine. This eliminates the difficult work with the "Habegger" cable hoist.
The apprentices and their leaders of Login Zurich have made during the week 23 a very good job. On the good bye ceremony in Realp this group photo was shot.
The first 100m are ballasted. the MGB Diesel locomotive nr. 61 and the ballast wagen Fad 4855 of the DFB was used..
The apprentices of Login Zurichare already setting the new racks before laying the rails. Then only then, the racks are fixed.
The transports for the track site are also used by the site of the works of the creek passage km 57.530 .
At the same time as the foundation layer for the track is created, a continuous bed for the cable canal is built.
Week 22 material for track work
Week 20 Steffenbach bridge
Works during week 19
The Diesellok HGm 2/2 with mounted snow mill reaches after heavy work the Steffenbackbrücke on Saturday 13th May
If no events of force majeure occur, we will arrange the assembly of the Steffenbach Bridge on Tuesday 16 May.
More photos about the snow removal you find here:
and documented by Pascal Zingg
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