All Switzerland articles – Page 12

  • 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 ...

  • SBB says the timetable change in December will be ‘the most ambitious since the introduction of Bahn 2000 in 2004’ (Photo: SBB).

    Switzerland unveils biggest timetable shake-up since Bahn 2000


    SWITZERLAND: This year’s timetable change on December 13 will be ‘the most ambitious since the introduction of Bahn 2000 in 2004’, Swiss Federal Railways announced on May 26. Long-distance services are set to expand by 660 000 train-km, or about 1%, while regional services will increase by 2·3 million train-km, ...

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    Strong franc brings Huber+Suhner structural changes


    SWITZERLAND: Cable, connector and antenna systems supplier Huber+Suhner announced measures to cope with the impact of ‘negative effects due to the strong Swiss franc’ on May 12. The changes will lead to around 25 early retirements and 25 redundancies at its Herisau and Pfäffikon sites in 2015, along with ...

  • A pair of SBB Class Re460 locomotives was used by Alptransit Gotthard for 200 km/h testing in the base tunnel during 2014. Photo: Lorenz Degen

    SBB prepares for Gotthard base tunnel opening


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways is embarking on a major programme to modify long-distance rolling stock for operation through the Gotthard base tunnel, the company announced on April 30. In addition, it is launching an extensive staff training programme to prepare for the start of operations on December 11 2016. Announcing ...

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    ABB wins Swiss substation contracts


    SWITZERLAND: ABB has received turnkey contracts worth US$30m from Swiss Federal Railways and private operator Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn to supply three traction substations by 2018. The manufacturer says that this will help the operators to increase capacity by strengthening and stabilising their power supplies. The SBB order covers 132/66/15/11 ...

  • Siemens Vectron locomotive.

    BLS Cargo orders Vectron locomotives


    SWITZERLAND: BLS Cargo announced an order for Siemens to supply 15 Vectron multi-system electric locomotives on March 27. They are scheduled to be delivered in three batches, with the first to enter traffic in the second half of 2016 and the last in 2018. The locomotives are to ...

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    SBB awards on-track plant contracts


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded contracts totalling SFr136m a year for the lease of 65 tampers, cranes and other track maintenance plant over periods of five to 10 years. The contracts are due to come into effect at the end of 2015, when the current agreements signed in 2006 ...

  • The southern end of the western bore of the Ceneri base tunnel was holed though on March 17 (Photo: AlpTransit Gotthard).

    First Ceneri base tunnel breakthrough


    SWITZERLAND: A final blast at noon on March 17 broke through the southern end of the western bore of the Ceneri base tunnel on the Gotthard corridor, 13 months ahead of schedule. The base tunnel’s twin 15·4 km bores are being excavated south from the Vigana portal, north from ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways is to start work on six enhancement projects totalling SFr170m (Photo: SBB).

    ZEB funds ease Bern traffic flows


    SWITZERLAND: The release of a fifth tranche of funding under the ZEB railway infrastructure development programme paves the way for Swiss Federal Railways to start work on six enhancement projects worth a total of SFr170m. The biggest of these is the long-standing scheme to separate traffic flows at Wylerfeld east ...

  • SNCB Logistics has launched the Swiss Xpress wagonload service between Antwerpen and Basel.

    SNCB Logistics launches Swiss Xpress


    EUROPE: Belgian national freight operator SNCB Logistics has launched a fast single wagonload service between Antwerpen and Basel, which has reduced the transit time from seven to four and a half days. SBB Cargo provides feeder services in Switzerland. The Swiss Xpress trains leave the Belgian port on Mondays, ...

  • Alstom ETR610 New Pendolino tilting trainset for Swiss Federal Railways.

    SBB orders more ETR610 tilting trains


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has exercised an option for Alstom to supply an additional four ETR610 New Pendolino tilting trainsets for use on the north–south Gotthard and Simplon corridors from 2017. The SFr120m order announced on January 30 follows two previous orders for seven and eight trainsets. The 250 ...

  • Selectron Systems at InnoTrans 2014.

    Knorr-Bremse to buy Selectron Systems


    SWITZERLAND: Knorr-Bremse has signed an agreement to acquire rail vehicle automation, networking and control technology supplier Selectron Systems. Selectron Systems is based in Lyss and has more than 100 employees. Knorr-Bremse said customers of both companies would benefit in the original equipment, operations and aftermarket sectors, with Selectron Systems ...

  • BLS has agreed to buy the 45% stake BLS Cargo held by DB Schweiz Holding.

    BLS buys back DB’s stake in BLS Cargo


    SWITZERLAND: BLS has agreed to buy back the 45% stake BLS Cargo which is owned by DB Schweiz Holding for an undisclosed price. Announcing the agreement on January 6, BLS said the transaction would have no effect on the existing operational relationships between the companies, and DB Schenker Rail would ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways train (Photo: SBB).

    S-Bahn expansion schemes launched


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has started work on a major capacity improvement programme between Genève and Lausanne. Announcing the launch of the SFr3bn ‘Léman 2030’ project at a ceremony in Renens station on November 22, SBB said that traffic on the route along the shore of Lac Léman is expected ...

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    Swiss border link inaugurated


    SWITZERLAND: The first section of the FMV cross-border rail link will open for revenue service on December 15, following a formal dedication on November 27 attended by representatives from canton Ticino, the federal government, SBB and TILO, the cross-border transport operator for Ticino and Lombardia. Partially funded by the federal ...

  • Bombardier Twindexx Express train for Swiss Federal Railways.

    SBB gets free trains following double-deck delays


    SWITZERLAND: A revised schedule for the delivery of Twindexx Express long distance double-deck electric multiple-units ordered in 2010 has been agreed with Bombardier Transportation, Swiss Federal Railways announced on November 19. In compensation for a further one-year delay to deliveries, Bombardier will supply SBB with three additional EMUs and spare ...

  • SBB trains (Photo: SBB).

    SBB awards Eppenberg tunnel contract


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways announced on November 14 that it had awarded a SFr273·7m contract for the construction of the 3 km Eppenburg tunnel, the key element in the SFr855m project to four-track the busy Olten – Aarau line by 2020. The contract awarded to the ARGE Marti Eppenberg ...