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  • Aargau Verkehr Stadler Saphir II EMU impression
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    Aargau Verkehr orders EMUs to standardise fleet

    2023-01-24T12:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Aargau Verkehr has awarded Stadler a SFr39·5m contract to supply five ABe4/8 Saphir II metre-gauge electric multiple-units for use on the 22 km Wynental and 10 km Suhrental lines west of Zürich from December 2025. The firm order has been placed as an option on ...

  • RS Clare acquires Swiss lubrication product supplier
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    RS Clare acquires Swiss lubrication product supplier

    2023-01-20T06:00:00Z

    EUROPE: UK-based lubricant supplier RS Clare & Co has acquired Switzerland-based wheel-rail friction management product manufacture Igralub Holding, along with its subsidiaries in Germany and Austria and its share in a North American joint venture. Igralub will operate as a subsidiary of RS Clare, benefiting from ...

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    Track Maintenance: Alleviating suffering on the metre gauge

    2023-01-06T09:00:00Z

    Following severe wheel-rail interaction problems on Swiss metre-gauge networks, the RailPlus association has launched a technical study to investigate and address the issue, as Technical Manager Markus Barth  explains to Reinhard Christeller.

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    Trams reach Waldenburg as regauged line reopens

    2022-12-19T10:01:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Baselland Transport has started operating light rail services between Liestal and Waldenburg, following the conversion of the former narrow-gauge railway which it acquired in 2016. The 13·1 km Waldenburgerbahn dating from 1883 has been rebuilt from 750 mm to 1 000 ...

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    Limmattalbahn opens to serve Zürich’s northwest suburbs

    2022-12-16T14:55:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The 13 km Limmattalbahn light rail line linking Altstetten, Schlieren, Dietikon and Killwangen-Spreitenbach opened for revenue service on December 11. 

  • Gauge-changing GoldenPass Express train service
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    MOB to launch gauge-changing Montreux – Interlaken GoldenPass Express

    2022-12-08T09:55:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: December 11 will mark the start of a long-awaited through service by luxury train between Interlaken and Montreux. Operated by Montreux-Oberland Bahn and BLS Lötschbergbahn, the gauge-changing GoldenPass Express service is expected to become a major attraction between the two lakeside resorts.

  • Impression of Stadler Flirt for RegionAlps
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    Flirt Evo onboard network contract

    2022-12-04T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Westermo is to supply networking technology to support the train control and management systems on the next generation of Flirt EMUs that Stadler is to supply to Swiss Federal Railways, Thurbo and RegionAlps. In October last year Stadler won a framework contract to supply 510 EMUs, with a firm ...

  • Lausanne Stadler Tramlink tram impression
    Metro Report International

    Lausanne orders 10 trams for Line T1

    2022-11-22T09:50:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Stadler announced on November 10 that it had signed a contract with operator TL Lausanne to deliver 10 standard gauge Tramlink trams plus spare parts and maintenance equipment for the city’s future T1 tram line which is currently under construction. Stadler had been selected as ...

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    Operators team up to introduce common maps

    2022-11-17T07:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: In a bid to make use of public transport easier, operators in the area at the western end of Lac Léman have published maps of their individual networks based on common design standards. Local rail, tram, bus and lake shuttle and steamer services in Genève, ...

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    Rhätische Bahn runs record passenger train

    2022-10-31T11:35:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: On October 29 Rhätische Bahn successfully ran a special service formed of 25 four-car Capricorn electric multiple-units to claim a record for the world’s longest passenger train.

  • Impression of Stadler railcar for Appenzeller Bahnen's Rheineck – Walzenhausen line (1)
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    Rack railway to be converted to driverless operation

    2022-09-28T11:03:00Z

    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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    Active steering tested on Swiss tram

    2022-09-26T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Zürich start-up Traila has demonstrated a prototype sensor-based active steering system which is designed to significantly reduce the friction between tram wheels and rails, reducing noise, wear and dust. A simulation platform is being used to test the prototype in partnership ...

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    Dolderbahn rack railcar design unveiled

    2022-07-19T06:00:00Z

    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 ...

  • Waldenburgerbahn tram arrives (Photo: Lorenz Degen)
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    Waldenburgerbahn tram arrives for testing

    2022-07-18T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The first of 10 Be 6/8 Tramlink light rail vehicles being supplied by Stadler Valencia to operate the Waldenburgerbahn south of Basel has been delivered to Bad Bubendorf for the start of test running. Car 101 was delivered in three parts on a fleet of ...

  • SBB Cargo Siemens Mobility Vectron design study
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    SBB Cargo Vectron order

    2022-07-15T11:25:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Reichmuth & Co Investment Management’s LokRoll 3 business has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply and maintain 35 Vectron AC electric locomotives which Northrail will lease to SBB Cargo for eight years from 2024. The locos are to be equipped ...

  • SBB Twindexx EMU
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    SBB drops active suspension on Twindexx fleet

    2022-07-12T09:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has announced that it will no longer pursue plans to introduce active suspension on its fleet of Twindexx double-deck electric multiple-units. SBB had planned to launch the technology on inter-city versions of its Twindexx fleet in 2027 as a means of saving ...

  • MGB Stadler Orion EMU (2)
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    Orion narrow gauge rack EMU unveiled

    2022-07-11T12:36:00Z

    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 ...

  • Geneve Stadler Tramlink tram impression
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    Genève tram order to support network expansion

    2022-07-07T11:07:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Genève public transport operator TPG has selected Stadler to supply trams to replace older vehicles and support planned expansion of the network Tenders were called in August last year, and the formal award of the contract announced on July 7 is subject a standstill period. ...

  • SBB Cargo International Vectron locos (Photo Siemens Mobility)
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    Vectron locos ordered with XLoad to increase Alpine capacity

    2022-07-04T11:20:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: SüdLeasing has placed an order for Siemens Mobility to supply and maintain 20 Vectron multisystem locomotives equipped with the XLoad package to increase the locos’ haulage capability. The 160 km/h locos will be delivered from early 2024 and leased by SBB Cargo International under a ...

  • SBB confirmed on November 30 that it will launch the first Twindexx double-deck EMUs in commercial service during 2018.
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    Consultation starts on Swiss Bahn 2050 programme

    2022-06-28T13:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Council has put forward proposals for a further long-term programme of investment in the national rail network. Enhancement of the existing network to allow more intensive use is now seen as preferable to starting more major infrastructure projects.