Part of Busy German-Swiss Railway Route Shut Through Oct. 7

The historic town of Berchtesgaden overlooked by the snowy Watzmann mountain in spring,  in Berchtesgadener Land, Upper Bavaria, Germany
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by The Associated Press, August 25, 2017

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's national railway says that part of a busy route connecting Germany and Switzerland is expected to remain closed until Oct. 7 after tracks above a tunnel that was under construction sagged.

Deutsche Bahn halted trains between Rastatt and Baden-Baden in southwestern Germany after the sagging tracks were discovered. Passengers from Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt to Basel and Zurich have had to change on to buses for that short stretch since Aug. 12, lengthening their travel times.

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The railway operator said Tuesday that several weeks' work will be needed to fill in a stretch of tunnel, stabilize the site and to remove the existing tracks before the line can be restored.

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