All Switzerland articles – Page 3

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    Hupac looks to automate route planning


    SWITZERLAND: Intermodal freight operator Hupac is to automate its route planning and traffic management processes using sensor data and analytics provided by ETH Zürich spin-off company Nexiot. Hupac has previously equipped wagons with Nexiot sensors which provide information on their location, impact events, border crossings and mileage every 5 min. ...

  • Trading of Stadler Rail shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange began on April 12.

    Stadler Rail lists on SIX Swiss Exchange


    SWITZERLAND: Trading of Stadler Rail shares on the SIX Swiss Exchange began on April 12. The offer price for the initial public offering was set at SFr38 per share, in the upper half of the announced price range of SFr33 to SFr41. This values the base offer at SFr1·33bn and ...

  • The first completed electric multiple-unit for the future Léman Express cross-border regional passenger service between Genève in Switzerland and destinations in France was unveiled at Alstom’s Reichshoffen factory.

    Léman Express cross-border EMU unveiled


    EUROPE: The first completed Alstom electric multiple-unit for the Léman Express cross-border regional passenger service between Genève in Switzerland and destinations in France was unveiled at the manufacturer's Reichshoffen factory on April 10. SNCF has ordered 17 EMUs from Alstom’s Coradia Polyvalent family, known as Régiolis by the operator. The ...

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    Stadler announces IPO details and plans April 12 listing


    SWITZERLAND: Stadler Rail announced the launch of its initial public offering and published its offering memorandum on March 29. This comes ahead of the start of the bookbuilding process on April 1 and the listing and first day of trading on the SIX Swiss Exchange on April 12. The IPO ...

  • Stadler has announced plans for an initial public offering and listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

    Stadler announces IPO plan


    SWITZERLAND: Plans for an initial public offering and listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange were announced by rolling stock manufacturer Stadler on March 19. The IPO is planned for ‘the coming months’, subject to market conditions. It would consist entirely of secondary shares held directly and indirectly by Executive Chairman ...

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    SBB joins openETCS Foundation


    EUROPE: Swiss Federal Railways has become the 18th member of the openETCS Foundation, which provides a platform to exchange experience and jointly initiate train control and automation projects using open source software and open innovation concepts. Other members include railway operators such as DB, NS and SNCF, plus the UK’s ...

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    SBB Cargo stands alone


    SWITZERLAND: The ‘gradual separation’ of freight activities from the national railway operator has taken a further step, with SBB Cargo AG being managed as an independent company within the SBB Group since the start of the year. This is intended to pave the way for the introduction of third-party participation ...

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    Double-tracking funded


    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.

    SBB orders Seagulls


    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


    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.

    Belfort – Delle reopening to revive Franco-Swiss link


    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.

    Glacier Express reveals Excellence Class coaches


    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


    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


    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).

    Rhätische Bahn opens 'Little Sister' bridge


    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.

    Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn locos to be modernised


    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


    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.

    SBB Cargo to test autocouplers in intermodal traffic


    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


    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).

    Breakthrough for new Albula tunnel


    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 ...