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Introducing - The Gotthardbahn Alpine Classic route

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  • Introducing - The Gotthardbahn Alpine Classic route

    The premiere route from Rivet Games, The Gotthardbahn Swiss alpine route, is coming to Train Simulator 19.

    The Gotthardbahn, the second highest standard gauge railway in Switzerland, was constructed from 1872-1882, penetrating the Alps by means of the Gotthard Tunnel at 1,151 metres (3,776 ft) above sea level. At the time, the 15km Gotthard rail tunnel was the world's longest.

    Rivet Games have meticulously modelled 110km of the Gotthard route from Erstfeld, on the North side of the Alps, at an altitude of 472 metres (1,549 ft), South to Bellinzona near the Italian border at an altitude of 241 metres (791 ft). Because of the extreme differences in altitude long ramped approaches are used on each side, together with multiple spirals tunneled under the mountains.

    From Erstfeld the line follows the valley of the river Reuss South to Göschenen with a gradient of up to 2.7%. After Gurtnellen, at an altitude of 738 metres (2,421 ft), can be found the first of several tunneled railway spirals that increase in elevation inside the Alps.

    The double spiral loop of Wassen, at an altitude of 928 metres (3,045 ft), allows the famous church of Wassen to be seen from three different perspectives, initially from below and ultimately from 200 metres (660 ft) above.

    Immediately after Göschenen station, the Gotthard railway enters the Gotthard Tunnel, a 15,003-metre-long (49,222 ft), double-track tunnel, built as a single tube. The highest point of the Gotthardbahn is within this tunnel; 1,151 metres (3,776 ft) above sea level, making it the second highest standard gauge railway in the country.

    The line exits the tunnel at Airolo, at an altitude of 1,142 metres (3,747 ft) after which it crosses the Ticino river and descends through its valley in the Leventina district. Between Airolo and Biasca the line drops 849 metres (2,785 ft) in 46 kilometres (29 mi) in part through two more double-spiral loops, the Piottino-Loops, and the Biaschina-Loops.

    From Biasca, at an altitude of 293 metres (961 ft), the line continues to follow the Ticino river as far as Bellinzona, at an altitude of 241 metres (791 ft).

    The route is regularly served by SBB’s iconic Re460 locomotive, which has also been built to exacting standards for the TS19 route: Gotthardbahn Alpine Classic.

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  • #2
    Excellent, now I can put all my Swiss stock to good use!


    • #3
      I have expected this moment for so long! I'm really excited and I'm really sure that this route will be really well-made as always. And, who knows, with future expansions could be also better... This new studio looks already really promising.


      • ColinM_Rivet
        ColinM_Rivet commented
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        Thanks Matteo

    • #4
      And delighted to now be able to share not just a preview trailer of it (, but also the release date; just one week from now on 1st August 2019. Hope everyone likes what they see; let us know what you think!


      • #5
        Nice trailer, I can‘t wait until next Thursday! But I hope the SBB-Logo on the Bt will be fixed...
        Attached Files


        • #6
          Good to hear, thanks Lord_Creepah. Yeah, don't worry, I think that's just the video compression - it looks just dandy to me when playing ingame


          • #7
            I don‘t think the video compression changed the position of the „arrow-cross“ in the red field... it should be in the right half, not the left 😅


            • #8
              Ah, see what you mean - I'm sure that was fixed since we did the video, but will double-check, well spotted though!


              • #9
                Very nice idea and your screens are very beautiful ! We definitly need more swiss routes on TS, and this one is emblematic ! I'll purchase it for sure


                • #10
                  Awesome, many thanks Lus0rius