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  • SBB Cargo International Siemens Mobility Vectron (Photo SBB Cargo International)

    Vectrons ordered for trans-Alpine routes


    SWITZERLAND: Südleasing has ordered 20 Siemens Mobility Vectron multi-system electric locomotives which will be leased by SBB Cargo International under a long-term contract with a flexible term. The locos are to be equipped with the XLoad package to increase haulage capacity, and approved for operation in ...

  • Stadler is supplying a fleet of non-tilting 250 km/h trainsets for the Gotthard corridor.

    SBB sets date to restore full access to Gotthard Base Tunnel


    SWITZERLAND: SBB has confirmed that it expects to reopen the Gotthard Base Tunnel fully on September 2, bringing to an end more than a year of disruption caused by a derailment of a freight train in August 2023. According to the national railway, repair works in ...

  • BLS Loetschberger EMU (Photo BLS)

    BLS undertakes Lötschberger mid-life refurbishment


    SWITZERLAND: BLS has returned to service the first of its RABe535 Lötschberger electric multiple-units to undergo mid-life refurbishment at its Bönigen works. The 25 four-car EMUs were supplied by Vevey Technologies and then Bombardier Transportation in 2008-12. The SFr17m refurbishment programme running to 2027 aims to ...

  • Albula II Tunnel inauguration (Photo Toma Bacic) (9)

    Rhätische Bahn’s replacement Albula tunnel opens


    SWITZERLAND: More than 300 guests from the rail industry, politics, business and tourism attended opening celebrations held at both ends of Rhätische Bahn’s replacement Albula tunnel on June 8, ahead of the start of regular services on June 12. The 5 860 m long Albula II ...

  • Low-floor gauge-changing panoramic coaches have been added to enhance the accessibility of GoldenPass Express services

    Low floor coaches added to the GoldenPass Express


    SWITZERLAND: Low-floor gauge-changing panoramic coaches have been added to enhance the accessibility of GoldenPass Express services between Montreux, Zweisimmen and Interlaken Ost.

  • SBB Stadler Flirt EVO (Image Stadler)

    Flirt EMUs ordered for cross-border services


    EUROPE: Swiss Federal Railways has exercised an option for Stadler to supply a further 33 Flirt Evo electric multiple-units. These will be used to provide regional services between northwest Switzerland and Alsace in France every 30 min from the end of 2030. The order has been ...

  • Delivery of Stadler EMU for Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren (Photo BLM) (2)

    Improvements to railway serving car-free village near completion


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler is delivering new rolling stock as part of the final stage of a programme to increase capacity and accessibility on Bergbahn Lauterbrunnen-Mürren’s metre-gauge railway. Jungfraubahnen company BLM operates a cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp, where passengers change to a 4 km adhesion railway ...

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    Rack railway tests collision warning system


    SWITZERLAND: Trials with a collision warning system as the first stage in a project to switch to GoA4 driverless operation have begun on the 1 200 mm gauge Rheineck – Walzenhausen line in the canton of St Gallen. Part of the Appenzeller Bahnen group, the 1∙96 ...

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    Interview: Eurofima adapts to a changing market


    Eurofima Chief Executive Dr Christoph Pasternak explains to Nick Kingsley how the supra-national rolling stock financing body is tweaking its strategy to reduce its reliance on the European state railways that currently make up its shareholders.

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    Metro Report International

    Dolderbahn rack railcar unveiled


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler has delivered the first of two railcars which it is supplying to re-equip the Dolderbahn rack railway in Zürich.

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    SBB tests automated shunting without possessions


    SWITZERLAND: SBB and Alstom have carried out a series of trials using a remotely controlled shunting locomotive on tracks that remained open for normal operations. As part of the research trials, 24 locomotive drivers operated a shunter in the marshalling yard at Zürich-Mülligen from a control ...

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    Swiss parliament agrees more long-term rail projects


    SWITZERLAND: Parliament has approved a number of key changes to the national railway long-term investment programmes known as Ausbauschritte 2025 and 2035. The changes add around SFr3bn to the cost, taking the total to SFr23bn.

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    Berner Oberland-Bahnen increases EMU order


    SWITZERLAND: Berner Oberland-Bahnen has awarded Stadler a SFr38.6m contract to supply a further four ABeh4/8 three-car electric multiple-units. The order confirmed in early March follows on from a May 2022 contract for six units. Each EMU will have 140 seats, with areas for ...

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    Metro Report International

    Dogs and bikes added to ticketing app


    TICKETING: Fairtiq has added the ability to buy tickets for dogs and bicycles to its swipe-in, swipe out rail and bus ticketing app covering Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Travellers can check in up to five dogs, five bikes or a combination of both, in addition to the ...

  • BLS Stadler EMU

    Swiss railway collaboration to continue


    SWITZERLAND: Collaboration between Swiss Federal Railways and the independent BLS is set to continue with the introduction of an additional longer distance service in December 2025. Taking advantage of the doubling of the 4 km Grellingen – Duggingen section in late 2025, BLS will introduce service ...

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    SBB orders more Giruno trains to boost Italian services


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has ordered five more Stadler Giruno 250 km/h inter-city trainsets to support a planned expansion of cross-border services to Italy. The SFr170m firm order announced on February 14 has been placed as an option on a SFr970m order for an initial 29 ...

  • Zürich tram (Photo: Toma Bacic)
    Metro Report International

    Orbital tunnels in Zürich’s tram network expansion strategy


    SWITZERLAND: ‘We have to invest today in the mobility of tomorrow’, Zürich councillor Michael Baumer said when city transport operator VBZ presented a network expansion strategy which includes plans to increase the number of passengers by 40% by 2040. Baumer said major investments in the tram ...

  • Bern to Lviv
    Metro Report International

    Bern trams donated to Lviv


    UKRAINE: Agreement has been reached for the Swiss city of Bern to donate 11 trams to the city of Lviv, where Switzerland will also support the construction of a 1 km tram route along Mykolaichuka and Shevchenko streets to the emergency hospital.

  • BLT Stadler TINA tram (Photo BLT) (2)
    Metro Report International

    BLT begins testing Tina trams


    SWITZERLAND: Baselland tram operator BLT has begun testing the first of 25 Tina trams being supplied by Stadler. BLT was the first Swiss customer for the Tina (Total Integrierter Niederflur-Antrieb or total integrated low-floor drive) design, placing a SFr125m order in November 2021. The first of ...

  • Braunwaldbahn rail replacement helicopter

    Rail-replacement helicopter service takes off


    SWITZERLAND: A rail-replacement helicopter service is being offered while a funicular serving a mountain village is closed for maintenance.