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  • 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.

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    European policy: Capacity directive could be game-changer

    2022-06-22T11:31:00Z

    With legislation being considered to enhance capacity on Europe’s rail network, Murray Hughes asks Forum Train Europe Managing Director Edgar Schenk and Senior Project Manager Sebastián Čarek how this would improve rail’s ability to compete against road and air.

  • Wascosa Eamnos wagons
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    Wagon leasing company Wascosa acquired

    2022-06-21T11:08:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Funds managed by Swiss Life Asset Managers and Vauban Infrastructure Partners have acquired wagon leasing company Wascosa from Philipp Müller and his family. The new owners said the ‘highly attractive and resilient’ rail market was benefiting from ‘structural tailwinds driven by an increased modal share’. ...

  • Mont-Blanc Express Stadler SNCF Z890 EMU impression
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    Mont-Blanc Express trains ordered

    2022-06-20T12:54:00Z

    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 ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways has placed a SFr250m firm order for seven more Stadler Giruno trainsets for use on cross-border services to Germany (Photo: Stadler).
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    SBB orders Giruno trainsets for services to Germany

    2022-06-16T07:32:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has placed a SFr250m firm order for seven more Stadler Giruno trainsets for use on cross-border services to Germany. Announcing the order on June 15, Stadler said demand for rail travel to Germany had been increasing steadily before the pandemic, and had ...

  • Impression of Stadler Flirt for Thurbo (1)
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    Winner of 510-train framework contract confirmed

    2022-05-25T12:04:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Administrative Court has rejected Alstom’s challenge to the decision by Swiss Federal Railways, Thurbo and RegionAlps to award Stadler a framework contract for the supply of up to 510 electric multiple-units. The tendering process began in May 2020, with SBB and its two ...

  • Chemin de fer Lausanne-Echallens-Bercher tunnel
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    Street-running railway goes underground

    2022-05-20T13:50:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Chemin de fer Lausanne-Echallens-Bercher’s 1 km tunnel from the underground Lausanne-Flon terminus to Lausanne-Chauderon has been extended by 1·7 km to Union-Prilly, replacing a street-running section of single track line along Avenue d’Echallens. The double-track tunnel has been built to increase ...

  • Berner Oberland-Bahnen impression of Stadler EMUs
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    BOB park-and-ride EMUs to relieve valley roads

    2022-05-17T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Berner Oberland-Bahnen has announced a SFr66m order for six Stadler ABeh 4/8 three-car electric multiple units to enter service in winter 2025-26. The order will enable a 15-min headway service to be provided at the proposed Matten station between Interlaken Ost and Wilderswil, where a ...

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    Track Maintenance: Sittertobel renovation improves track forces

    2022-05-16T12:40:00Z

    Schweizerische Südostbahn worked with industry partners including Getzner Werkstoffe to renovate its historic Sittertobel viaduct and install a more optimised track structure. The benefits of the changes have been quantified in series of tests assessing the rail deflection generated by passing trains.

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    Narrow gauge EMUs enter service

    2022-05-01T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Chemin de Fer Nyon-Saint-Cergue-Morez has put into service the first two of six additional electric multiple-units being supplied by Stadler. NStCM ordered an initial four ABe4/8 two-car 1·5 kV DC metre-gauge EMUs in 2009, which entered service from December 2015. It ...

  • SBB Re460 locomotive (Photo: Toma Bacic)
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    Electric loco refurbishment programme completed

    2022-04-24T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has completed a five-year programme to refurbish its fleet of 119 Re460 electric locomotives. The 230 km/h multi-purpose locos rated at 6·1 MW were supplied by SLM and ABB in 1992-96. They are currently used to haul EW IV single-deck and IC2000 ...

  • SBB Cargo covered wagon (Photo: SBB CFF FFS)
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    Two options to develop wagonload freight

    2022-04-18T12:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Two options to determine the future of the wagonload freight business are to be analysed further with a view to the government setting the direction of future policy later this year. Rail currently handles about 25% of all freight traffic in Switzerland, but it has ...

  • Rigi Bahnen Stadler EMU
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    Mountain railway trains enter service

    2022-04-12T12:00:00Z

    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 ...

  • Limmattalbahn light rail vehicle delivered (2)
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    Limmattalbahn light rail vehicle delivered

    2022-03-29T12:44:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Aargau Verkehr has taken delivery of the first of eight Stadler Tramlink Be6/8 light rail vehicles for the Limmattalbahn project to the west of Zürich. The metre gauge LRVs were procured jointly with Baselland Transport. They are 44·3 m long, with ...

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

    2022-02-26T05:00:00Z

    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 ...

  • Measurement device specialist Kistler has developed a highly portable device for measuring brake force on trains.
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    Portable brake force measurement device

    2022-02-13T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Measurement device specialist Kistler has developed a highly portable device for measuring brake force on trains. Kistler developed the BFMS for staff at SBB’s maintenance depots in Oberwinterthur where the operator was keen to optimise the brake force measurement process. The device comprises four 9303A1B ...

  • Basel BLT tram (Photo BLT)
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    Automatic incident detection system for Swiss level crossings

    2022-02-03T04:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Nokia has partnered with Schweizer Electronics to deploy its Scene Analytics technology to improve level crossing safety on Baselland Transport’s network. Nokia Scene Analytics monitors level crossings in real time using computer vision and artificial intelligence to detect any foreign objects on or near the ...

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    Switzerland: Timetable recast in Luzern could add capacity

    2022-01-27T13:55:00Z

    The congested terminus at Luzern is one of the main infrastructure bottlenecks preventing an increase in services on the busy lines in central Switzerland. Reshaping the timetable pattern to make the most of the two-track approach to the terminus from the north could free up more paths to generate up to a 40% increase in capacity.

  • MOB Goldenpass Express gauge changing Stadler panorama coach impression (2)
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    Gauge-changing panorama coaches ordered

    2021-12-26T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Montreux-Oberland Bahn has awarded Stadler a SFr12m contract to supply four low-floor gauge-changing panorama coaches for the future Goldenpass Express service between Montreux and Interlaken. The order is being financed by MOB with the support of the cantons of Bern, Vaud and Fribourg and the ...