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  • GoldenPass Express train

    GoldenPass Express begins gauge-changing again after wheel spacing modification


    SWITZERLAND: The GoldenPass Express service has once again begun running through from Montreux to Interlaken, after modifications were made to the gauge-changing rolling stock to address problems with excessive track wear. Through running from the metre gauge Montreux-Oberland Bahn network to standard gauge BLS tracks began ...

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    SBB consults on second Zürich – Winterthur route


    Source: SBB SWITZERLAND: During June Swiss Federal Railways is to undertake public consultation on plans to build a new double-track line including a 9 km tunnel which, along with the existing route, would provide a total of four tracks between Zürich and Winterthur. The new alignment ...

  • Simplify Engineering automated wheelchair lift

    Automated train wheelchair lift launched


    SWITZERLAND: Högg Group company Simplify Engineering has received the first order for its latest design of automated train-mounted wheelchair lift.

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    In depth

    Switzerland: Second Albula tunnel to open in 2024


    Tracklaying will begin in June in the replacement Albula tunnel on the Rhätische Bahn main line from Chur to St Moritz. Murray Hughes reports.

  • GoldenPass Express

    Gauge-changing GoldenPass Express restricted to metre gauge route


    SWITZERLAND: Montreux-Oberland Bahn has suspended the gauge-changing GoldenPass Express through service between Montreux and Interlaken.

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    Metro Report International

    Multiple passengers can travel with one ticketing app


    TICKETING: Fairtiq is rolling out a function on its check-in/assisted check-out ticketing app allowing multiple people to travel together. This follows frequent customer requests, and will enable groups such as families with children to travel on one ticket. The ‘companion mode’ was tested in Switzerland and ...

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    Alstom and SBB agree final Twindexx compensation package


    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways and Alstom have reached an out of court settlement regarding compensation over the operator’s Twindexx EMU fleet.

  • Basel station

    Five priority projects in Swiss long-term spending plan


    SWITZERLAND: The Ministry of Transport has set out details of plans to enhance or rebuild key sections of the national rail network under legislation due to be passed in 2026 that will define further stages in the national long-term railway investment programme. Under the proposals announced ...

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    Metro Report International

    Bern Tramlink tram delivered


    SWITZERLAND: The first of 27 Stadler Tramlink trams ordered by Bern operator Bernmobil was delivered for testing on February 1. Entry into service is planned for late summer. A framework contract signed between the two parties in September 2019 covers the supply of up to 50 ...

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    Franco-Swiss TGV partnership extended for five more years


    EUROPE: The TGV Lyria cross-border passenger train partnership of France’s SNCF Voyageurs (74%) and Switzerland’s SBB (26%) has been extended for a further five years. The co-operation dates back 30 years. There are 17 return trips per day across the Genève – Paris, Lausanne – Paris ...

  • Aargau Verkehr Stadler Saphir II EMU impression

    Aargau Verkehr orders EMUs to standardise fleet


    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

    RS Clare acquires Swiss lubrication product supplier


    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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    In depth

    Track Maintenance: Alleviating suffering on the metre gauge


    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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    Metro Report International

    Trams reach Waldenburg as regauged line reopens


    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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    Metro Report International

    Limmattalbahn opens to serve Zürich’s northwest suburbs


    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

    MOB to launch gauge-changing Montreux – Interlaken GoldenPass Express


    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

    Flirt Evo onboard network contract


    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


    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 ...

  • Lausanne map

    Operators team up to introduce common maps


    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


    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.