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No trains between Zurich and Pfaffikon SZ/Ziegelbrucke/Chur

Morning all,

Just a heads up to let you know that there's been an accident between Horgen and Thalwil and there's nothing running down that side of the lake (apart from zoo-like minibuses full of bovine elbow-pushers).
Alternative routes include catching the S2 or S7 to Rapperswil and changing there.

Good luck!
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Old 12.06.2013, 09:38
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I read on FB there was another suicide there this morning.
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I read on FB there was another suicide there this morning.
Poor bugger.

Stuff happens - if it wasn't a suicide, it would be a cow on the line, or a broken down locomotive or a mudslide or something - but what really riles me is the complete inability of the local population to cope intelligently with a minor crisis.

Of course it's irritating and, sometimes, a little confusing when your train has been cancelled and you have to find an alternative way to get to work. I wasn't exactly delighted when I heard the news this morning myself. But is that a reason to stand like a bloody cow at the top of the steps, texting your boss while several hundred equally frustrated passengers are trying to get down them? Is that a reason to stampede towards the replacement bus, elbows flailing everywhere, then stand right by the door so nobody else can get on?

It's the one aspect of the local culture which I've never been able to get my head round. When everything works fine, everything is ok. As soon as something out of the ordinary happens, everyone seems to lose his head.

Sometimes I really, really miss Wolverhampton station...
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I guess when you're used to stuff working, when it doesn't you flail about. No development of compensatory strategies. I think it's an advantage to live here as a fairly disordered person myself, when things go wrong, no big deal.

Sad about the person though.
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Re: No trains between Zurich and Pfaffikon SZ/Ziegelbrucke/Chur

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Sad about the person though.
Don't be - there are plenty of other ways to shuffle off this mortal coil without being a complete pain in the arse.

And besides, what is wrong with jumping in front of the last train of the day??
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Don't be - there are plenty of other ways to shuffle off this mortal coil without being a complete pain in the arse.
I suspect that when one gets desperate enough to jump in front of a train, one is a bit beyond wondering whether someone's commute to work is going to be disrupted as a result.
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Re: No trains between Zurich and Pfaffikon SZ/Ziegelbrucke/Chur

SBB claim the line is open again and everything is running according to timetable. Any delays you now experience are in your imagination
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Maybe - but why drag the poor train driver into it?
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Re: No trains between Zurich and Pfaffikon SZ/Ziegelbrucke/Chur

Someone our neighbors knew jumped in front of a train a few years back. Not really a planned or thought-out process. Just had a rough morning, could not get in touch with someone to talk it out, and that was that. Very sad.
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Re: No trains between Zurich and Pfaffikon SZ/Ziegelbrucke/Chur

I was on a train to Geneva a couple of weeks ago and we hit something, I do not know what, but something hit the window and the train screeched to a stop. It was a horrible feeling. The driver then came on and was very shaky. He apologised for stopping and after a few minutes we continued with our journey. So my heart goes out to the driver and the person who chose to end their life that way. I have often thought it would be a very quick way to go here, as the platforms are so low down and it would be easy to just step out in front of the fast trains.
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I have often thought it would be a very quick way to go here, as the platforms are so low down and it would be easy to just step out in front of the fast trains.

It's not quick.
You don't die in an instant. Or not in every case.
Even people who jump in front of ICEs (in Germany) sometimes live for some time before they go.

I'm also in the "why the hell get up so early in the morning just to kill yourself"-camp - but I'm giving the people in question the benefit of the doubt and assume, most didn't sleep the night before.
But it's an extremely selfish act because, as mentioned, you pull the train-driver into it and (s)he's never going to forget the look on your face as it breaks on the windshield.
So, my sympathy mostly goes to the train-drivers out there. They have the toughest job.
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