All Switzerland articles – Page 4

  • A groundbreaking ceremony launched construction of Stadler’s new assembly plant at St Margrethen on July 4.
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    Stadler starts work on new factory

    2018-07-04T14:26:58Z

    SWITZERLAND: A groundbreaking ceremony launched construction of Stadler’s new assembly plant at St Margrethen in the northeast corner of Switzerland on July 4. The SFr86m facility will be used to assemble Kiss double-deck trainsets, replacing a former aircraft factory in nearby Altenrhein which is no longer suitable for the task. ...

  • A project to use wagons’ onboard telematics units to provide an early warning of wheel flats has been undertaken by leasing company Wascosa and Savvy Telematic Systems.
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    Using onboard telematics units to identify wheel flats

    2018-06-26T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: A project to use wagons’ onboard telematics units to provide an early warning of wheel flats has been undertaken by leasing company Wascosa and Savvy Telematic Systems, with the support of the Federal Office for the Environment which is seeking to reduce train noise. Savvy has developed an algorithm ...

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    Alstom ETCS for SBB Pendolinos

    2018-06-25T11:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded Alstom a €16m contract to upgrade the train control systems on its 19 ETR610 trainsets with its Atlas ETCS Level 2 Baseline 3 technology, with the Swiss national train control system being a specific transmission module. This forms part of a wider ongoing ...

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    Stadler enters the signalling market

    2018-06-20T15:12:03Z

    STADLER: Consolidation in the supply sector including the planned Siemens-Alstom merger and CRRC’s expansion has spurred Stadler to develop its own signalling and automation systems. The Swiss group wants to avoid the need to purchase important components from its competitors in the rolling stock market, and also sees an opportunity ...

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    Swiss long-distance concession split confirmed

    2018-06-13T10:12:21Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Office for Transport announced on June 12 its final decision to split the concession to operate long-distance passenger services from the December 2019 timetable change. Most routes and the whole of the inter-city network will be run by incumbent SBB, but BLS will operate Interregio services on ...

  • Südostbahn and Stadler have unveiled the first Traverso EMU for Voralpen-Express services.
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    Südostbahn unveils Traverso EMU

    2018-06-06T14:18:49Z

    SWITZERLAND: The first of 11 electric multiple-units which Stadler is to supply to Südostbahn for Voralpen-Express services was unveiled in Erlen on June 6. Part of the Flirt family, the six eight-car and five four-car 160 km/h units will feature a new motor bogie design and lightweight trailer ...

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    Ministers urge that Rastatt lessons are learnt

    2018-05-31T08:44:05Z

    EUROPE: Transport ministers have issued a Declaration calling for rapid implementation of measures to mitigate the effects of a major incident such as the seven-week closure last August of the Rhein Valley main line between Basel and Karlsruhe in Germany following a tunnel collapse beneath the alignment at Rastatt. The ...

  • Stadler is supplying a fleet of non-tilting 250 km/h trainsets for the Gotthard corridor.
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    SBB and Trenitalia to step up cross-border services

    2018-05-28T08:20:00Z

    EUROPE: Swiss and Italian national operators SBB and Trenitalia signed an agreement on May 22 to increase the number of cross-border inter-city services. In an initial step the 2020 timetable will include an extra Basel – Milano service via Bern, giving four trains a day in each direction, with a ...

  • Regional railway BLS operates an extensive network of rail, bus and ferry routes as well as owning 436 km of railway infrastructure centred on the two Lötschberg routes.
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    Operators oppose long-distance concession plans

    2018-05-25T13:46:10Z

    SWITZERLAND: Regional operator BLS is contesting the plans announced in April by the Federal Office for Transport (BAV) for the 10-year concession to run long-distance passenger services from December 2019. Under the proposals national operator SBB would run all Intercity routes and most of the so-called Basic Network, but the ...

  • Rhätische Bahn is making its Infot(r)ainment digital route guide available to all Bernina Express passengers.
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    Digital guide to the Bernina Express

    2018-05-13T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Following a successful launch in first class, from May 10 Rhätische Bahn is making its Infot(r)ainment digital route guide available to all Bernina Express passengers. Accessible on smartphones, tablets or laptops, Infot(r)ainment provides information and interactive maps covering the route from Chur and Davos to St Moritz and ...

  • ‘Advanced planning’ is being undertaken to facilitate the possible launch of a direct London – Bordeaux high speed rail service, HS1 Ltd has confirmed.
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    High speed services from London to Bordeaux, Frankfurt and Genève under discussion

    2018-05-01T10:12:53Z

    EUROPE: ‘Advanced planning’ is being undertaken to facilitate the possible launch of a direct London – Bordeaux high speed rail service, HS1 Ltd confirmed on April 30. The manager of the high speed line between London and the Channel Tunnel also confirmed it was in very early stage discussions for ...

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    Swissrail predicts hectic activity at InnoTrans 2018

    2018-04-30T06:00:00Z

    SWISSRAIL: Switzerland’s rail industry association Swissrail will bring together 46 of its more than 100 member companies on more than 1 000 m 2 of display space spread across two stands in the Railway Technology and Railway Infrastructure areas of InnoTrans 2018. ‘We are expecting a record number of ...

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    Competition comes to Swiss long-distance network

    2018-04-23T12:04:46Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Office for Transport has decided to split the concession to operate long-distance passenger services on the national network, although Swiss Federal Railways will continue to be responsible for all but two routes. BAV announced on April 19 that it expects to award a concession to SBB to ...

  • SBB Cargo Schweiz is keen to take advantage of technical advances.
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    Partners sought as SBB Cargo cuts back wagonload

    2018-04-03T12:31:41Z

    SWITZERLAND: Discussions with investors and potential business partners are on the summer agenda for SBB Cargo Schweiz as it targets a return to break-even by 2020. Having achieved positive results in 2013, 2014 and 2016, SBB Cargo Schweiz ended 2017 with an operating loss of SFr37m as wagonload volumes fell ...

  • Scheidt & Bachmann is supplying Rhätische Bahn with 97 replacement ticket vending machines.
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    Rhätische Bahn replaces ticket machines

    2018-04-03T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Scheidt & Bachmann is supplying Rhätische Bahn with 97 replacement ticket vending machines offering similar functionality to those used by Swiss Federal Railways. Passengers can select German, French, Italian and English language options. The TVMs can provide bank notes as well as coins in change for cash payments, and ...

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    Appenzeller Bahnen takes deliveries of EMU and LRV

    2018-03-29T09:18:36Z

    SWITZERLAND: Metre-gauge operator Appenzeller Bahnen recently took delivery of two vehicles ordered as part of the St Gallen Durchmesserlinie project. On March 27 Appenzeller Bahnen took delivery of the first of five ABe4/12 electric multiple-units ordered from Stadler for SFr40m in 2016. This is due to enter revenue service ...

  • Montreux-Oberland Bahn has ordered gauge-changing coaches to operate GoldenPass Express services.
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    MOB orders dual-gauge Golden Pass fleet

    2018-03-12T14:23:32Z

    SWITZERLAND: Montreux-Oberland Bahn has ordered a fleet of 20 gauge-changing coaches to operate through services between Montreux and Interlaken. To be marketed as GoldenPass Express, the service is due to be launched by MOB and its partner BLS from the timetable change in December 2020. To be built by Stadler, ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways has out the first of its Bombardier Transportation Twindexx double-deck EMUs into service (Photo: Bernhard Studer).
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    SBB’s Twindexx EMUs enter service

    2018-02-28T13:59:05Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways ran the first of its fleet of Bombardier Transportation Twindexx double-deck electric multiple-units in commercial service on February 26. The first train was IR2368, the 11.55 from Zürich to Olten and Bern. When SBB signed a contract with Bombardier on May 12 2010 for 59 double-deck ...

  • The Harsco mobile sealing gate which can be used to seal sections of the tunnel to prevent turbulence during maintenance work.
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    Gotthard Base Tunnel maintenance vehicles handed over

    2018-01-27T07:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The first six of 13 custom-designed maintenance ‘base vehicles’ which Harsco is building for use in the Gotthard Base Tunnel were officially handed over to SBB during December. The 80 tonne electro-diesel vehicles include an air-conditioned personnel module with a kitchenette and toilet, and can be operated from the ...

  • BLS has ordered 28 Stadler EMUs for Bern S-Bahn routes and 24 for RegioExpress services.
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    BLS signs its largest rolling stock contract

    2018-01-15T15:39:21Z

    SWITZERLAND: A firm order for the supply of 52 six-car Flirt electric multiple-units was signed by BLS Chief Executive Bernard Guillelmon and Stadler President Peter Spuhler on January 15. Stadler had been named preferred bidder for the operator’s largest-ever rolling stock contract in May 2017, beating a rival offer from ...