All Switzerland articles – Page 4

  • 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 They are scheduled to enter service in 2020, enabling 11 older locomotives to be withdrawn.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 ...

  • 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 ...