All Rack railway articles

  • Panoramique des Dômes Stadler EMU on the Puy-de-Dôme rack railway

    Panoramique des Dômes mountain railway trains to be refurbished


    FRANCE: Suppler Stadler and local company ACC M are to undertake the mid-life refurbishment of the four GTW2/8 trainsets used on the Panoramique des Dômes mountain railway. The 5 km metre-gauge line equipped with the Strub rack system opened in 2012 to provide access to the ...

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    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain railway opens


    CHINA: A new railway has been opened to connect the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Town of Lijiang with the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, offering a less congested and polluting alternative to the existing road. The 20·8 km Lijiang sightseeing railway was designed and ...

  • CRRC Ziyang rack train

    Chinese panoramic rack train rolled out


    CHINA: CRRC Ziyang has unveiled a rack trainset for a 129 km metre-gauge railway being built to link Dujiangyan with a panda reserve and the Mount Siguniang scenic tourist area in Sichuan province. The four-car 1·5 kV DC electric multiple-unit which was rolled out on November ...

  • Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen Stadler S-DT8.16 LRV impression
    Metro Report International

    Stuttgart places LRV order as rack railcar enters service


    GERMANY: Stuttgarter Strassenbahnen has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a further 40 light rail vehicles from 2025. The order announced on October 5 will take SSB’s fleet of Stadler LRVs to 100 vehicles of various types supplied since 2009, plus three rack railcars. There are ...

  • Impression of Stadler railcar for Appenzeller Bahnen's Rheineck – Walzenhausen line (1)

    Rack railway to be converted to driverless operation


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler is to supply what it says will be the first fully automated adhesion and rack-and-pinion railcar for use on in an open overland railway environment, rather than in a tunnel or closed network where there is little risk of an obstacle on the line. ...

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    Metro Report International

    Dolderbahn rack railcar design unveiled


    SWITZERLAND: City transport operator Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich has unveiled the design of two railcars ordered for the Dolderbahn, which climbs 162 m in 1 328 m using the von Roll rack system. In June 2021 VBZ awarded Stadler Bussnang a SFr10·6m contract to supply two Bhe 1/2 ...

  • MGB Stadler Orion EMU (2)

    Orion narrow gauge rack EMU unveiled


    SWITZERLAND: The first of the Orion metre-gauge rack electric multiple-units ordered by Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn has been unveiled at Stadler’s Bussnang factory. In March 2020 MGB placed a SFr148·5m order for 12 EMUs to replace locomotive-hauled stock as part of its 2030 fleet strategy. It has ...

  • Mont-Blanc Express Stadler SNCF Z890 EMU impression

    Mont-Blanc Express trains ordered


    EUROPE: Stadler is to supply seven rack-equipped electric multiple-units for Mont-Blanc Express services on the 1 000 mm gauge line between Martigny in Switzerland and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains-Le Fayet in France. The two-car EMUs will be equipped for 850 V DC overhead and third rail power supplies. They ...

  • Rigi Bahnen Stadler EMU

    Mountain railway trains enter service


    SWITZERLAND: Mountain railway and cable car operator Rigi Bahnen officially unveiled its new Stadler rack EMUs on April 7, with the first train entering passenger service the following day. Equipped with the Riggenbach rack technology, the 1·5 kV DC Bhe 4/6 EMUs will initially be used ...

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    Tramway du Mont-Blanc train delivered


    FRANCE: Stadler has delivered the first of four electric multiple-units for the Tramway du Mont-Blanc mountain railway. The metre-gauge line runs 12·5 km from Fayet station at 580 m above sea level in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains to the 2 372 m high summit station at Nid d’Aigle. It ...

  • Switzerland, Wengernalpbahn WAB He(m) 4-4 '41' locomotive

    Wengernalpbahn locomotive delivered


    SWITZERLAND: Wengernalpbahn has taken delivery of the first of three Hem 4/4 narrow-gauge electro-diesel locomotives that it ordered from Stadler Bussnang in October 2019 at a cost of SFr13·5m for use on the Wengen Shuttle service. The first locomotive was delivered on ...

  • ZSSK Tatra Stadler rack EMU

    Rack trainsets enter revenue service


    SLOVAKIA: Five rack-and-adhesion trainsets built by Stadler for ŽSSK’s metre gauge rack railway between Štrba and Štrbské Pleso were formally launched into revenue service on February 16. The event was attended by Boris Kollár, Speaker of the National Council, Slovak Minister of Transport & Construction Andrej ...

  • Stuttgart Stadler ZT4.2 rack tram (3)
    Metro Report International

    Stuttgart rack railway tram and bicycle wagon delivered


    GERMANY: The first of first of three light rail vehicles and bicycle carrying trailers for the 2·2 km metre-gauge Riggenbach rack line which climbs 200 m up a valley in Stuttgart has been delivered to operator Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen. These are the fifth generation of cars for ...

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    Swiss narrow gauge railways merge


    SWITZERLAND: Metre gauge railway operators Appenzeller Bahnen and Frauenfeld-Wil-Bahn have merged following approval by their respective boards on June 11 and June 17. The two companies in northeast Switzerland have co-operated closely for almost 20 years, and began to explore a merger at the beginning of ...

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    Rack railcars ordered for the Dolderbahn


    SWITZERLAND: Zürich public transport operator VBZ has awarded Stadler Bussnang a SFr10·6m + VAT contract to supply two rack railcars for the metre-gauge Dolderbahn, which starts at Römerhof in the city suburbs and climbs 162 m in 1 328 m. The railcars are scheduled to be ...

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    Rack railway train design unveiled


    SWITZERLAND: Mountain railway and cable car operator Rigi Bahnen has unveiled the appearance of the Riggenbach rack electric multiple-units which Stadler is to supply under a SFr38m contract awarded in May 2019. The styling by Milani Design is inspired by the operator’s ...

  • Pikes Peak railway after modernisation

    Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopens after $100m modernisation


    USA: The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopened on May 20, following a $100m modernisation programme which has included the delivery of a new fleet of push-pull trainsets and conversion from the Abt to the Strub rack system. The 14·3 km standard gauge mountain ...

  • Pilatus Bahnen new railcar

    Steepest rack railway launches modernisation programme


    SWITZERLAND: The world’s steepest rack railway is to introduce new rolling stock and modernise its stations to enable an increase in services. Pilatus Bahnen has ordered eight passenger railcars and a freight vehicle for its 800 mm gauge line, which uses the Locher rack system to ...

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    Pikes Peak rack railway coach ready for commissioning


    USA: The first of the coaches which Stadler’s Bussnang plant in Switzerland is building for the Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Colorado has been handed over to the commissioning team. The 14·3 km standard gauge mountain railway opened in 1891. Following a review ...

  • ZSSK EMU 405.953 works train Os8013 between Štrbské Pleso and Tatranský Lieskovec on July 5 2020, the last day of operation (Photo: Timo Gruchalák)

    Rack railway modernisation underway


    SLOVAKIA: Infrastructure manager ŽSR has launched a seven-month modernisation of the 4·75 km metre-gauge rack railway between Štrba and the winter sports town of Štrbské Pleso in the High Tatra mountains. All trains will be replaced by buses until February 6 2021. The work, which is being ...