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  • BLS Loetschberger EMU (Photo BLS)
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    BLS undertakes Lötschberger mid-life refurbishment

    2024-06-12T11:00:00Z

    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)
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    Rhätische Bahn’s replacement Albula tunnel opens

    2024-06-11T14:00:00Z

    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
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    Low floor coaches added to the GoldenPass Express

    2024-05-31T13:00:00Z

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

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    Flirt EMUs ordered for cross-border services

    2024-05-24T11:00:00Z

    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)
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    Improvements to railway serving car-free village near completion

    2024-05-13T15:44:00Z

    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

    2024-04-27T07:21:00Z

    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

    2024-04-22T09:20:00Z

    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

    2024-04-01T05:00:00Z

    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

    2024-03-27T12:48:00Z

    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

    2024-03-25T15:36:00Z

    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

    2024-03-22T12:00:00Z

    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

    2024-03-21T05:00:00Z

    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
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    Swiss railway collaboration to continue

    2024-02-15T05:00:00Z

    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

    2024-02-14T16:26:00Z

    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

    2024-02-01T14:00:00Z

    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

    2024-02-01T05:00:00Z

    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

    2024-01-22T13:00:00Z

    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
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    Rail-replacement helicopter service takes off

    2023-11-15T15:17:00Z

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

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    Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn orders more Orion EMUs

    2023-11-09T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Metre-gauge operator Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn has awarded Stadler a firm contract to supply a further 25 ABeh 8/12 Orion rack electric multiple-units. ‘This order represents a milestone in Stadler’s history and is the largest single order for rack trains that we have ever received’, said ...

  • Gotthard Base Tunnel repairs
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    Gotthard Base Tunnel repairs could take until September 2024

    2023-11-02T15:12:00Z

    Source: SBB SWITZERLAND: The 57 km Gotthard Base Tunnel may not fully reopen until September 2024, 13 months after a derailed freight train badly damaged the track in the western bore. In an update on November 2 Swiss Federal Railways said the damage to the world’s ...