All Switzerland articles – Page 10

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    Swiss long-distance concession split confirmed

    2018-06-13T10:12:21Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Office for Transport announced on June 12 its final decision to split the concession to operate long-distance passenger services from the December 2019 timetable change. Most routes and the whole of the inter-city network will be run by incumbent SBB, but BLS will operate Interregio services on ...

  • Südostbahn and Stadler have unveiled the first Traverso EMU for Voralpen-Express services.
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    Südostbahn unveils Traverso EMU

    2018-06-06T14:18:49Z

    SWITZERLAND: The first of 11 electric multiple-units which Stadler is to supply to Südostbahn for Voralpen-Express services was unveiled in Erlen on June 6. Part of the Flirt family, the six eight-car and five four-car 160 km/h units will feature a new motor bogie design and lightweight trailer bogies ...

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    Ministers urge that Rastatt lessons are learnt

    2018-05-31T08:44:05Z

    EUROPE: Transport ministers have issued a Declaration calling for rapid implementation of measures to mitigate the effects of a major incident such as the seven-week closure last August of the Rhein Valley main line between Basel and Karlsruhe in Germany following a tunnel collapse beneath the alignment at Rastatt. The ...

  • Stadler is supplying a fleet of non-tilting 250 km/h trainsets for the Gotthard corridor.
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    SBB and Trenitalia to step up cross-border services

    2018-05-28T08:20:00Z

    EUROPE: Swiss and Italian national operators SBB and Trenitalia signed an agreement on May 22 to increase the number of cross-border inter-city services. In an initial step the 2020 timetable will include an extra Basel – Milano service via Bern, giving four trains a day in each direction, with a ...

  • Regional railway BLS operates an extensive network of rail, bus and ferry routes as well as owning 436 km of railway infrastructure centred on the two Lötschberg routes.
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    Operators oppose long-distance concession plans

    2018-05-25T13:46:10Z

    SWITZERLAND: Regional operator BLS is contesting the plans announced in April by the Federal Office for Transport (BAV) for the 10-year concession to run long-distance passenger services from December 2019. Under the proposals national operator SBB would run all Intercity routes and most of the so-called Basic Network, but the ...

  • Rhätische Bahn is making its Infot(r)ainment digital route guide available to all Bernina Express passengers.
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    Digital guide to the Bernina Express

    2018-05-13T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Following a successful launch in first class, from May 10 Rhätische Bahn is making its Infot(r)ainment digital route guide available to all Bernina Express passengers. Accessible on smartphones, tablets or laptops, Infot(r)ainment provides information and interactive maps covering the route from Chur and Davos to St Moritz and Tirano. ...

  • ‘Advanced planning’ is being undertaken to facilitate the possible launch of a direct London – Bordeaux high speed rail service, HS1 Ltd has confirmed.
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    High speed services from London to Bordeaux, Frankfurt and Genève under discussion

    2018-05-01T10:12:53Z

    EUROPE: ‘Advanced planning’ is being undertaken to facilitate the possible launch of a direct London – Bordeaux high speed rail service, HS1 Ltd confirmed on April 30. The manager of the high speed line between London and the Channel Tunnel also confirmed it was in very early stage discussions for ...

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    Swissrail predicts hectic activity at InnoTrans 2018

    2018-04-30T06:00:00Z

    SWISSRAIL: Switzerland’s rail industry association Swissrail will bring together 46 of its more than 100 member companies on more than 1 000 m2 of display space spread across two stands in the Railway Technology and Railway Infrastructure areas of InnoTrans 2018. ‘We are expecting a record number of visitors and, ...

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    Competition comes to Swiss long-distance network

    2018-04-23T12:04:46Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Office for Transport has decided to split the concession to operate long-distance passenger services on the national network, although Swiss Federal Railways will continue to be responsible for all but two routes. BAV announced on April 19 that it expects to award a concession to SBB to ...

  • SBB Cargo Schweiz is keen to take advantage of technical advances.
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    Partners sought as SBB Cargo cuts back wagonload

    2018-04-03T12:31:41Z

    SWITZERLAND: Discussions with investors and potential business partners are on the summer agenda for SBB Cargo Schweiz as it targets a return to break-even by 2020. Having achieved positive results in 2013, 2014 and 2016, SBB Cargo Schweiz ended 2017 with an operating loss of SFr37m as wagonload volumes fell ...

  • Scheidt & Bachmann is supplying Rhätische Bahn with 97 replacement ticket vending machines.
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    Rhätische Bahn replaces ticket machines

    2018-04-03T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Scheidt & Bachmann is supplying Rhätische Bahn with 97 replacement ticket vending machines offering similar functionality to those used by Swiss Federal Railways. Passengers can select German, French, Italian and English language options. The TVMs can provide bank notes as well as coins in change for cash payments, and ...

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    Appenzeller Bahnen takes deliveries of EMU and LRV

    2018-03-29T09:18:36Z

    SWITZERLAND: Metre-gauge operator Appenzeller Bahnen recently took delivery of two vehicles ordered as part of the St Gallen Durchmesserlinie project. On March 27 Appenzeller Bahnen took delivery of the first of five ABe4/12 electric multiple-units ordered from Stadler for SFr40m in 2016. This is due to enter revenue service ...

  • Montreux-Oberland Bahn has ordered gauge-changing coaches to operate GoldenPass Express services.
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    MOB orders dual-gauge Golden Pass fleet

    2018-03-12T14:23:32Z

    SWITZERLAND: Montreux-Oberland Bahn has ordered a fleet of 20 gauge-changing coaches to operate through services between Montreux and Interlaken. To be marketed as GoldenPass Express, the service is due to be launched by MOB and its partner BLS from the timetable change in December 2020. To be built by Stadler, ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways has out the first of its Bombardier Transportation Twindexx double-deck EMUs into service (Photo: Bernhard Studer).
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    SBB’s Twindexx EMUs enter service

    2018-02-28T13:59:05Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways ran the first of its fleet of Bombardier Transportation Twindexx double-deck electric multiple-units in commercial service on February 26. The first train was IR2368, the 11.55 from Zürich to Olten and Bern. When SBB signed a contract with Bombardier on May 12 2010 for 59 double-deck ...

  • The Harsco mobile sealing gate which can be used to seal sections of the tunnel to prevent turbulence during maintenance work.
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    Gotthard Base Tunnel maintenance vehicles handed over

    2018-01-27T07:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The first six of 13 custom-designed maintenance ‘base vehicles’ which Harsco is building for use in the Gotthard Base Tunnel were officially handed over to SBB during December. The 80 tonne electro-diesel vehicles include an air-conditioned personnel module with a kitchenette and toilet, and can be operated from the ...

  • BLS has ordered 28 Stadler EMUs for Bern S-Bahn routes and 24 for RegioExpress services.
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    BLS signs its largest rolling stock contract

    2018-01-15T15:39:21Z

    SWITZERLAND: A firm order for the supply of 52 six-car Flirt electric multiple-units was signed by BLS Chief Executive Bernard Guillelmon and Stadler President Peter Spuhler on January 15. Stadler had been named preferred bidder for the operator’s largest-ever rolling stock contract in May 2017, beating a rival offer from ...

  • TILO began revenue services between Mendrisio in Switzerland and Varese in Italy on January 7, following an inauguration ceremony on December 22 (Photo: RFI).
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    Mendrisio – Varese cross-border services begin

    2018-01-09T15:09:37Z

    EUROPE: Regional train operator TILO began revenue passenger services on the 17·7 km cross-border line between Mendrisio in Switzerland and Varese in Italy on January 7. This followed an inauguration ceremony on December 22, when guests included President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard, Italian Minister of Transport Graziano Delrio, ...

  • Schweizerische Südostbahn has ordered 11 Stadler Flirt electric multiple-units for Gotthard Panoramic services.
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    Gotthard Panoramic route EMUs ordered

    2018-01-02T11:39:35Z

    SWITZERLAND: Schweizerische Südostbahn has ordered 11 Stadler Flirt electric multiple-units for use on services from Basel and Zürich to Locarno and Lugano operating via the traditional Gotthard main line, now branded the Gotthard Panoramic route following the opening in 2016 of the base tunnel. SOB and SBB finalised a co-operation ...

  • Hupac and CRRC International have signed a two-year contract for CRRC Shandong to supply flat wagons.
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    Hupac orders Chinese wagons

    2017-12-10T07:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Hupac and CRRC International have signed a two-year contract for CRRC Shandong to manufacture flat wagons for the intermodal freight operator and obtain Swiss wagon registration and EU certification for the designs. After the signing ceremony last month, the companies held talks on co-operation in the intermodal sector as ...

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    Border link to open in January

    2017-12-01T14:53:29Z

    EUROPE: The much-delayed cross-border link between Stabio in Switzerland and Varese in Italy forming part of the Ferrovia Mendrisio – Varese project will open for public services on January 7. In an initial step on December 10 cross-border operator for Ticino and Lombardia TILO will extend Route S40 between ...