RailPictures.Net Photo: SBB 11484 SBB Ae 6/6 at Salgesch, Switzerland by Jean-Marc Frybourg
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» September 07, 1981
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Single track on the Simplon

The Simplon line in Switzerland between Lausanne and Brig (north portal of the Simplon tunnel) was progressively double-tracked between 1900 and 2004. The last section that remained single track until 2004 was Salgesch - Leuk or Salquenen - Loèche in French. The Valais Canton is bilingual French and Swiss-German (Switzerdeutsch). Double-tracking it required high investments and building tunnels almost the entire section. The old right of way was replaced by a road.

In 1981, Salgesch - Leuk was still a single track, one of the busiest in Switzerland given that the Simplon is a major artery. Today, SBB says that there are more than 250 trains per day. On the picture, a westbound freight is approaching Salgesh led by Ae 6/6 11484 "Romont".
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