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Guerbetaler
 

After the explanations about the special ownership of infrastructure around Basel and Schaffhausen, a survey about the situation at other border crossings:

The regular case is a brake at the border itself, as it is also the case on the Waldshut - Koblenz Rhine bridge. Different situations exist at the following points:

- Bülach - Schaffhausen line crosses Germany without connecting there to the German network. The line is owned by SBB and built to Swiss standards but under German laws.

- BLT-line through Leymen (France) is owned by BLT.

- RhB-line to Tirano is owned by RhB, including the station.

- The Austrian lines from Bregenz and Feldkirch are owned by ÖBB until the entry into the stations of St. Margrethen and Buchs. There for ÖBB has a Swiss concession for the two times a few hundered meters of Infrastructure.

Another exception had originally been the Genève - La Plaine line, built and owned by the French company PLM. But this line was taken over by the Swiss Confederation in 1913 and is now SBB-owned.

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Clive Dean
 

Strangely Marcus I was looking at that tramway only this morning at how it
crosses a small part of France. Interesting to see that lots of place names
and features retain their former German names
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stephenhorobin
 

The reason is some places retain their German names is that are or were in the Department of Alsace which historically is a Germanic region with its own recognised dialect.
Also of interest in this area of Switzerland is how other cantons have an enclave in other cantons. It must be a very difficult region to administrate and deal with officialdom!

Guerbetaler
 

Am 22.07.2019 um 19:24 schrieb stephenhorobin via Groups.Io:
The reason is some places retain their German names is that are or
were in the Department of Alsace which historically is a Germanic
region with its own recognised dialect.
However, France has for a long time avoided that schooling was in German. They sent their teachers, policemen, railwaymen, officers etc., which mostly didn't understand German. Thus, much of the original language tradition has gone. And all important names were "frenchized". Strassburg became Strasbourg and Mülhausen is now Mulhouse.

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