All Switzerland articles – Page 10

  • Passengers will be able to buy the digital currency Bitcoin from Swiss Federal Railways’ ticket machines (Photo: SBB).

    Bitcoin to be sold through Swiss ticket machines


    SWITZERLAND: Passengers will be able to buy the digital currency Bitcoin from Swiss Federal Railways’ ticket machines from November 11, under a distribution deal between the operator and financial intermediary company SweePay. SBB said there have been limited opportunities to purchase Bitcoin in Switzerland, and over the past two years ...

  • A groundbreaking ceremony for the 2·7 km new Bözberg Tunnelwas held at Schinznach-Dorf on March 9 (Photo: SBB).

    Bözberg Tunnel groundbreaking


    SWITZERLAND: A groundbreaking ceremony held at Schinznach-Dorf on March 9 launched construction of the 2·7 km new Bözberg Tunnel, the biggest single element of the project to increase clearances to 4 m to accommodate semitrailers on the Gotthard corridor between Bern and Italy. The new double-track bore is being built ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Windhoff Bahn- & Anlagentechnik and Dräger Safety a contract to supply three firefighting and rescue trainsets.

    SBB orders rescue trains


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded a consortium of Windhoff Bahn- & Anlagentechnik and Dräger Safety a SFr38m contract to supply three firefighting and rescue trainsets by the end of 2018. The LRZ18 trainsets will be based at Genève, Melide and Brig to cover the CEVA line, Ceneri base tunnel ...

  • Trains would share the 8·3 km tunnel with high voltage transmission cables.

    Cantons back Grimsel Tunnel to link metre gauge networks


    SWITZERLAND: The cantons of Bern and Valais and electricity distribution company Swissgrid unveiled a SFr580m plan for the construction of a railway linking the Zentralbahn and Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn metre-gauge networks on February 4. Swissgrid’s high voltage link over the Grimsel Pass is due to be replaced, and the ...

  • Freight train testing in the Gotthard Base Tunnel (Photo: AlpTransit Gotthard)>

    Gotthard Base Tunnel freight tests begin


    " src="" />SWITZERLAND: Testing of freight rolling stock in the 57 km Gotthard Base Tunnel began on January 16, when project promoter AlpTransit Gotthard and SBB Cargo undertook trials with a variety of wagon types including two rolling motorway lorry-carrying vehicles. Further tests over the coming weeks will assess vehicle ...

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    Rebuilt snow blower on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn


    SWITZERLAND: Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn is keeping its Oberalp Pass route open this winter using a snow clearing vehicle which has been completely rebuilt by Schmidt. The metre-gauge vehicle which was previously used on the Rhätische Bahn’s Bernina route is more than 50 years old. After being acquired by MGB it ...

  • Windhoff self-propelled on-track machine for Swiss Federal Railways.

    Windhoff designs high performance on-track machines for SBB


    SWITZERLAND: Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik has announced details of the 35 self-propelled on-track machines which it is to supply to Swiss Federal Railways under the largest single contract which the company has won. Deliveries are scheduled from spring 2017 until 2021, with the first five vehicles to undergo six months ...

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    Waldenburgbahn to be regauged


    SWITZERLAND: Plans to convert the 13·1 km Waldenburgbahn from 750 mm to 1 000 mm gauge by 2022 were approved by Basel’s construction and planning commission last month. The single-track line from Liestal to Waldenburg opened in 1880 and was electrified at 1·5 kV DC in 1953. It is ...

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    Rhätische Bahn takes first delivery of Albula line trainset


    SWITZERLAND: StadlerRail delivered the first new-generation trainset for Rhätische Bahn’s Albula line to Landquart depot on December 2. Testing of the 1 000 mm gauge trainsets ordered to operate express services between Chur and St Moritz, is due to begin between December 7 and 11, with certification by the ...

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    SBB inaugurates Olten control centre


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways formally inaugurated its regional control centre at Olten on November 17, in a ceremony attended by SBB CEO Andreas Meyer, the president of canton Solothurn Roland Fürst and the Mayor of Olten Martin Wey. BZ Mitte is one of four regional centres that will eventually manage ...

  • The Prima H4 locomotives for SBB will have custom-designed large cabs (Image: Alstom/Design&Styling).

    SBB orders locomotives with ‘working and waiting’ cabs


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways’ Infrastructure business has awarded preferred bidder Alstom a €175m contract to supply 47 Prima H4 electro–diesel locomotives. The four-axle locomotives are scheduled to enter service in 2018, and will be used to haul infrastructure trains and for shunting in yards at Lausanne and Limmattal. Alstom ...

  • The flyovers were opened by Zürich Councillor Carmen Walker Späh, Director of the Federal Office of Transport Peter Füglistaler and SBB CEO Andreas Meyer.

    Durchmesserlinie project completed


    SWITZERLAND: The eight-year Durchmesserlinie project to increase capacity by eliminating the need for east–west trains to reverse at Zürich Hauptbahnhof was officially completed with a ceremony marking the end of Phase 2 on October 26. Phase 1 of the 9·6 km Durchmesserlinie comprised the 4·8 km S-shaped Weinberg Tunnel ...

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    SBB orders maintenance fleet


    SWITZERLAND: To handle rising volumes of infrastructure construction and maintenance traffic, Swiss Federal Railways has placed two orders totalling SFr265m for Alstom to supply 47 mainline and shunting locomotives and Windhoff 35 self-propelled infrastructure maintenance vehicles. SBB had called tenders in March 2014 as part of programme to renew its ...

  • An extension of SBB Cargo’s contract to haul transit freight trains on behalf of DB Schenker was signed inside the Gotthard base tunnel on September 25 (Photo: SBB Cargo).

    SBB Cargo and DB Schenker extend trans-Alpine contract


    SWITZERLAND: An extension of SBB Cargo’s contract to haul Germany – Italy trans-Alpine transit freight trains on behalf of DB Schenker was signed by representatives of the two companies inside the Gotthard base tunnel on September 25. DB switched its Gotthard transit contract from BLS to SBB in December 2013. ...

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    Swiss government funds more maintenance


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has secured a 15% increase in infrastructure funding from the government for the next three-year performance contract covering 2017-20. Due to be submitted to parliament after a hearing in September, the increase is justified by a predicted 9% rise in gross tonne-km and additions to the ...

  • DB Netz has licensed the Rail Control System train control and dispatching package developed by Swiss Federal Railways (Photo: SBB).

    DB Netz buys SBB’s Rail Control System


    GERMANY: Infrastructure manager DB Netz has licensed the Rail Control System train control and dispatching package developed by Swiss Federal Railways, and plans to deploy it across the German network from 2019. Introduced by SBB in 2009, RCS is also used by BLS and SOB. Belgium’s Infrabel was the first ...

  • Impression of Stadler Giruno trainset for Swiss Federal Railways (Image: SBB).

    Mock-up verifies Stadler’s Gotthard train design


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler Rail and Swiss Federal Railways are using a full-size wooden mock-up to verify the planned interior design of the 29 Giruno trainsets ordered in May 2014 for use on services from Basel and Zürich to Milano via the Gotthard base tunnel. The mock-up at Stadler’s Bussnang factory ...

  • Stadler inter-city trainset for SBB.

    Stadler Rail switches its focus from east to west


    STADLER RAIL: Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler Rail has announced plans to shift the focus of its growth plans away from the CIS and Middle East markets and towards the UK and the USA. On June 19 Stadler said the Swiss national bank’s decision to uncouple the franc from the ...

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    Mixed fleet for cross-border RER


    EUROPE: The Rhône-Alpes region of France has announced that it is to order a fleet of 17 Régiolis EMUs for the RER Franco-Valdo-Genevois network that will connect Evian, Saint-Gervais, Annecy and Bellegarde with Genève and Lausanne in Switzerland. Worth €220m, the order is to be placed under the framework agreement ...

  • Bombardier Twindexx Express EMU (Photo: SBB).

    SBB approves pre-series Twindexx EMU


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has confirmed that two Bombardier Transportation pre-series Twinindexx Express double-deck long-distance electric multiple-units meet its quality standards and technical requirements, ahead of the start of test running in Switzerland. SBB announced the approval on June 8, when it formally unveiled one of the pre-series EMUs and ...