All Switzerland articles – Page 3

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    Double-tracking funded

    2018-12-28T14:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The federal government approved a SFr23·3m financing agreement on December 14 which will enable Swiss Federal Railways to go ahead with double-tracking the 800 m Goldach – Rorschach Stadt section of the St Gallen – St Margrethen route. Construction permits have already been obtained, and work is expected to ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Stadler a contract to supply seven four-car Mouette electric multiple-units.
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    SBB orders Seagulls

    2018-12-20T12:28:04Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Stadler a SFr65m contract to supply seven four-car electric multiple-units for use on the Bern – La Chaux-de-Fonds route, where services are to be transferred from BLS to the national operator in December 2020. The EMUs from Stadler’s Flirt family are to be branded ...

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    SOB orders more Flirts

    2018-12-14T11:39:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: A firm order for Stadler to supply Schweizerische Südostbahn with a further 12 Flirt electric multiple-units was signed in St Gallen on December 13. The latest option to be exercised covers seven eight-car Flirt Traverso long-distance units with a copper-coloured livery, and five four-car silver-coloured Flirt regional EMUs. ...

  • No fewer than 12 level crossings have been refurbished on the Belfort - Delle route ahead of its reopening on December 9.
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    Belfort – Delle reopening to revive Franco-Swiss link

    2018-12-05T10:27:20Z

    EUROPE: The 22 km missing link between Belfort in eastern France and Delle on the border with Switzerland is to reopen for passenger trains with the European timetable change on December 9, following a formal opening ceremony on December 6 to be attended by French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne and ...

  • Two coaches which have been upgraded to provide a premium ‘Excellence Class’ on the tourist-focused Glacier Express service have been unveiled.
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    Glacier Express reveals Excellence Class coaches

    2018-11-28T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Two coaches which have been upgraded to provide a premium ‘Excellence Class’ on the tourist-focused Glacier Express service have been unveiled by operating partners Rhätische Bahn and Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn. The interiors were designed by Nose Design Experience, and refitting of the coaches provided by RhB and MGB ...

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    SmartRail 4.0 pilot within three years

    2018-11-12T10:30:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways expects to launch trials of a next-generation signalling system within three years. Reporting details of progress with the ‘ambitious’ SmartRail 4.0 programme at the Alpine Rail Optimisation conference in Wien on November 8, SBB’s head of Co-operation & Research for the project Bernhard Rytz said the ...

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    Diesel-battery hybrid locos ordered for SBB Cargo

    2018-11-05T12:12:05Z

    SWITZERLAND: Investment group Reichmuth Infrastruktur Schweiz’s leasing business LokRoll 2 has awarded Alstom a €40m contract to supply 12 Prima H3 diesel-battery hybrid shunting locomotives, which it will lease to SBB Cargo for 10 years. The three-axle locomotives are to be delivered from Alstom’s Stendal plant from October 2020. ...

  • The new Sora Giuvna (‘Little Sister’) steel bridge was the winning design in an international engineering competition (Photo: Rhätische Bahn).
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    Rhätische Bahn opens 'Little Sister' bridge

    2018-11-04T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Rhätsiche Bahn services are scheduled to be diverted over the recently-completed second Hinterrhein bridge at Reichenau from November 4, enabling the original bridge dating from 1895 to be closed for renovation. The older structure is scheduled to reopen in late 2019. This will complete a SFr32·5m project to provide ...

  • The refurbishment is intended to ensure a further 25 years of operation on services including the Glacier Express, car shuttles and freight and infrastructure trains.
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    Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn locos to be modernised

    2018-10-31T09:47:26Z

    SWITZERLAND: Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn has awarded Swiss Federal Railways a SFr35·4m contract to modernise nine HGe4/4-II electric locomotives and three BDt driving trailers. The work is to be undertaken at SBB’s Bellinzona works by the end of 2022. The 1·9 MW metre gauge Bo-Bo locomotives equipped for rack operation were ...

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    Stadler selected for Waldenburgerbahn contract

    2018-10-24T11:10:12Z

    SWITZERLAND: Baselland Transport has selected Stadler to supply 10 light rail vehicles to operate on the Waldenburgerbahn line, the operator announced on October 23. BLT is ordering the vehicles under a joint procurement with Aargau Verkehr, which is to receive eight for the Limmattalbahn project in Zürich. BLT expects ...

  • SBB Cargo aims to be in the black by 2020 and to become fully competitive and financially independent by 2023.
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    SBB Cargo to test autocouplers in intermodal traffic

    2018-10-23T08:14:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: In January 2019 SBB Cargo plans to begin a full-scale test of wagons fitted with automatic couplers on intermodal services. Under a SFr1·5m programme, a fleet of 100 wagons has been equipped with hybrid couplings that feature an autocoupler which folds up to reveal a conventional screw coupler. ...

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    Appenzeller Bahnen’s Durchmesserlinie project completed

    2018-10-11T13:06:43Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Durchmesserlinie project to enable through running between Appenzeller Bahnen’s metre-gauge Trogen and Appenzell routes was officially inaugurated on October 6. Revenue services on the realigned St Gallen – Trogen route began the following day using Tango light rail vehicles supplied by Stadler. The work included construction of ...

  • Rhätische Bahn’s 5 860 m long new Albula tunnel was holed through on October 2 (Photo: Rhätische Bahn).
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    Breakthrough for new Albula tunnel

    2018-10-07T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Rhätische Bahn’s 5 860 m long new Albula tunnel was holed through on October 2. Train services are expected to start in late 2021 or early 2022, with more than 15 000 trains carrying 1·2 million passengers/year. The existing 5 864 m long tunnel on the Chur – St ...

  • A consortium of wagon leasing company Wascosa and Hamburg-based logistics assets investor Aves One completed the acquisition of 4 400 wagons from the Nacco subsidiary of CIT Group.
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    Wascosa and Aves One acquire 4 400 wagons

    2018-10-02T09:25:00Z

    EUROPE: A consortium of wagon leasing company Wascosa and Hamburg-based logistics assets investor Aves One completed the acquisition of 4 400 wagons from the Nacco subsidiary of CIT Group on October 1. Wascosa has also taken over Nacco’s operations in Hamburg. VTG announced plans for the acquisition of Nacco in ...

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    Traverso offers space and comfort

    2018-09-20T06:39:00Z

    INNOTRANS: Swiss operator Schweizerische Suedostbahn and Stadler used the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin on September 19 to present what Stadler Group CEO Thomas Ahlburg described as the longest Flirt trainset yet built. The copper coloured eight-car low-floor units will replace SOB’s existing rolling stock on the St Gallen ...

  • Rhätische Bahn awarded Stadler Bussnang a SFr215m contract to supply seven two-axle overhead/battery electric shunting locomotives.
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    Rhätische Bahn orders locomotives

    2018-09-06T09:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Rhätische Bahn awarded Stadler Bussnang a SFr215m contract to supply seven two-axle overhead/battery electric shunting locomotives on September 3. They are scheduled to enter service in 2020, enabling 11 older locomotives to be withdrawn. The metre-gauge locomotives will be identical to ones ordered by Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn ...

  • Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn has begun work on a major project to modernise the 15·4 km Furka Base Tunnel.
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    Furka Base Tunnel modernisation gets underway

    2018-08-31T07:30:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn has begun work on a major project to modernise the 15·4 km Furka Base Tunnel, which opened in 1982. The main contractor is the Arge Furka 1618 consortium of Pizzarotti and Luigi Notari. New cabling and electrification equipment are to be installed, and changes to ...

  • BLS has completed construction of the Rosshäuser Tunnel on the Bern – Neuchâtel line  (Photo: BLS).
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    BLS opens Rosshäuser Tunnel

    2018-08-29T10:46:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: BLS celebrated the completion of the Rosshäuser Tunnel on the Bern – Neuchâtel line on August 25, ahead of the planned start of regular services on September 3. The 1 910 m long single bore tunnel with two tracks on a new 2·4 km alignment will replace a winding ...

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    FV-Dosto dining car unveiled

    2018-08-24T08:38:40Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways unveiled the first dining car for its new FV-Dosto double-deck EMUs in Zürich on August 21. The upper deck dining saloon presents what SBB describes as a bright, modern ambience with excellent views. SBB believes that on train dining is ‘a trump card’ which gives ...

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    SBB challenges long-distance concession split

    2018-07-17T11:42:05Z

    SWITZERLAND: Insisting that ‘legal clarification is necessary’, on July 16 Swiss Federal Railways lodged a formal challenge with the Federal Administrative Court against the decision to split the concession to operate long-distance passenger services. According to SBB, the decision by the Federal Office of Transport to award two inter-regional ...