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  • SNCF Logistics’ planned acquisition of a 45% stake in BLS Cargo will come into effect at the beginning of July.

    NEAT completion boosts rail’s share of transit freight


    SWITZERLAND: Rail’s share of the north-south transit freight market reached its highest level for 25 years in the first half of this year, according to the Federal Office for Transport.

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    Lausanne breaks ground for western tram line


    SWITZERLAND: Work has started on the construction of a tram route to serve the western suburbs of Lausanne, following a groundbreaking ceremony in Renens and public celebrations at both ends of the route.

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    Track doubling south of Zürich underway


    SWITZERLAND: Work to double-track the 3 km Uznach – Schmerikon section of the Ziegelbrücke – Rapperswil line southeast of Zürich was launched with a groundbreaking ceremony on August 30. The SFr56m project financed by the federal government is scheduled to be completed in December 2023. It ...

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    Lugano tram-train cut-off tunnel approved


    SWITZERLAND: Plans for a 2·2 km cut-off tunnel which would provide metre-gauge operator Ferrovie Luganesi with a more direct route into Lugano were approved by the Federal Council on August 11. Construction of the tunnel along with a 1·9 km surface branch to Manno are key ...

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    Metre-gauge infrastructure measuring vehicle


    SWITZERLAND: Rhätische Bahn is using a track and electrification inspection and measuring vehicle designed to provide metre-gauge railway operators with detailed data to help plan maintenance and renewal works. The vehicle has been developed in a joint project by RhB, Fachhochschule ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    First MIKA trainsets enter service


    SWITZERLAND: BLS has put the first of its Stadler MIKA electric multiple-units into revenue service on the Bern – Neuchâtel route. Stadler was named preferred bidder for the operator’s largest-ever rolling stock contract in May 2017, beating a rival offer from Bombardier Transportation. Two orders ...

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    SBB orders 60 double-deck EMUs to increase capacity and accessibility


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a further 60 Kiss double-deck electric multiple-units to provide additional capacity and improve accessibility on its InterRegio long-distance services.

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    Switzerland: GoldenPass Express launch postponed to 2022


    After repeated delays, Montreux-Oberland Bahn has chosen to further postpone the start date for its gauge-changing GoldenPass Express panoramic trains between Montreux and Interlaken until the end of 2022. Murray Hughes reports.

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    Switzerland: Lötschberg Base Tunnel flood damage repaired


    Swiss operator BLS resumed normal services through the Lötschberg Base Tunnel at the end of February after completing repairs in the wake of flooding in the eastern bore last year. Toma Bačić reports.

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    Ferrovie Luganesi tram-train delivered


    SWITZERLAND: Ferrovie Luganesi has taken delivery of the first of nine Stadler Tramlink tram-trains ordered in 2018 at cost of SFr47m for use around Lugano. The manufacturer has appointed Van Der Vlist to deliver the vehicles from its factory in ...

  • The southern end of the western bore of the Ceneri base tunnel is holed though (Photo: AlpTransit Gotthard).

    Swissrail to discuss Ceneri Base Tunnel project in next InnoTrans podcast


    Source: AlpTransit Gotthard INNOTRANS: Michaela Stöckli, director of Swiss railway industry association Swissrail, will be the guest on the next edition of the InnoTrans Mobility podcast. She will be discussing the 15 km Ceneri Base Tunnel, which opened last year as part of the ...

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    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 ...

  • Baselland Transport has selected Stadler to supply 25 trams between October 2023 and 2025 to replace ageing Schindler vehicles.
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    Baselland Transport selects Stadler trams


    SWITZERLAND: Baselland Transport has selected Stadler to supply 25 trams between October 2023 and 2025 to replace ageing Schindler vehicles. The contract, which is expected to be finalised in September, would be worth SFr125m, including spare parts. The seven-section steel-bodied trams will be 45·5 ...

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    Luzern deep-level through station planning contracts awarded


    SWITZERLAND: On behalf of the Swiss Conferderation, SBB has awarded contracts for planning work on the proposed deep-level through station in Luzern and the connecting approach routes. Design of the four-track underground station beneath the existing terminus is to be undertaken by the LUx consortium. ...

  • Ferrovie Autolinee Regionali Ticinesi has awarded Stadler a contract to supply eight custom-made electric multiple-units to the Centovalli railway

    FART orders new trains


    SWITZERLAND: Ticino rail and bus operator Ferrovie Autolinee Regionali Ticinesi has awarded Stadler a contract to supply eight custom-made electric multiple-units to the Centovalli railway in time for the metre-gauge line’s 100th anniversary in 2023. Announcing the SFr94m contract on January 7, Stadler said the replacement ...

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    Switzerland: Ceneri Base Tunnel opening completes NEAT jigsaw


    The December timetable change marked the start of regular commercial services through the Ceneri Base Tunnel at the southern end of Switzerland’s busy Gotthard corridor. Toma Bačić reports.

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    MFD Rail aims to build leading intermodal wagon business


    SWITZERLAND: The management team and funds advised by Oaktree Capital Management have invested in MFD Rail, a start-up which aims to become one of Europe’s leading intermodal wagon leasing company over the next few years. MFD Rail says building a business from scratch ‘without having ...