All Switzerland articles – Page 5

  • 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 ...

  • TILO began revenue services between Mendrisio in Switzerland and Varese in Italy on January 7, following an inauguration ceremony on December 22 (Photo: RFI).
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    Mendrisio – Varese cross-border services begin

    2018-01-09T15:09:37Z

    EUROPE: Regional train operator TILO began revenue passenger services on the 17·7 km cross-border line between Mendrisio in Switzerland and Varese in Italy on January 7. This followed an inauguration ceremony on December 22, when guests included President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard, Italian Minister of Transport Graziano Delrio, ...

  • Schweizerische Südostbahn has ordered 11 Stadler Flirt electric multiple-units for Gotthard Panoramic services.
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    Gotthard Panoramic route EMUs ordered

    2018-01-02T11:39:35Z

    SWITZERLAND: Schweizerische Südostbahn has ordered 11 Stadler Flirt electric multiple-units for use on services from Basel and Zürich to Locarno and Lugano operating via the traditional Gotthard main line, now branded the Gotthard Panoramic route following the opening in 2016 of the base tunnel. SOB and SBB finalised a co-operation ...

  • Hupac and CRRC International have signed a two-year contract for CRRC Shandong to supply flat wagons.
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    Hupac orders Chinese wagons

    2017-12-10T07:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Hupac and CRRC International have signed a two-year contract for CRRC Shandong to manufacture flat wagons for the intermodal freight operator and obtain Swiss wagon registration and EU certification for the designs. After the signing ceremony last month, the companies held talks on co-operation in the intermodal sector as ...

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    Border link to open in January

    2017-12-01T14:53:29Z

    EUROPE: The much-delayed cross-border link between Stabio in Switzerland and Varese in Italy forming part of the Ferrovia Mendrisio – Varese project will open for public services on January 7. In an initial step on December 10 cross-border operator for Ticino and Lombardia TILO will extend Route S40 between ...

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    Route numbers to identify SBB’s long-distance services

    2017-11-30T16:05:57Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways will introduce route numbers for its long-distance services from the start of the winter timetable on December 10. Intended to offer passengers ‘simple and reliable’ identification of their services, the numbering is based on that used for the national road network. The main east-west route ...

  • SBB confirmed on November 30 that it will launch the first Twindexx double-deck EMUs in commercial service during 2018.
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    Twindexx fleet to enter service in 2018

    2017-11-30T15:06:10Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways confirmed on November 30 that it will launch the first Twindexx double-deck electric multiple-units in commercial service during 2018. The decision follows an interim ruling by the Federal Office for Transport authorising the trains to carry passengers after supplier Bombardier Transportation provided all the necessary safety ...

  • The European Commission has asked the Council for a mandate to negotiate an amendment to the 1999 bilateral Land Transport Agreement with Switzerland (Photo: SBB).
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    Switzerland to participate in EU Agency for Railways

    2017-11-15T15:27:14Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has asked the Council for a mandate to negotiate an amendment to the 1999 bilateral Land Transport Agreement with Switzerland, which would enable the country to participate in the European Union Agency for Railways. On November 15 the Commission said Swiss involvement was foreseen by the ...

  • Rhätische Bahn held a ceremony on November 14 to mark the start of work to on a project to provide a second track between Bever and Samedan.
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    Rhätische Bahn launches double-tracking project

    2017-11-15T13:25:56Z

    SWITZERLAND: Rhätische Bahn held a ceremony on November 14 to mark the start of work to on a project to provide a second track between Bever, at the junction of the Albula and Engadin lines, and Samedan where the Bernina and St Moritz routes join. As well as increasing capacity, ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways is drawing up long-term proposals to run its long-distance services at 15 min intervals.
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    SBB targets 15 min frequencies in 'next quantum leap'

    2017-11-14T13:40:08Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways is drawing up long-term proposals to run its long-distance services at 15 min intervals. Describing this as ‘the next quantum leap in Swiss public transport’, SBB was responding on November 9 to a government consultation document on long-term investment in the national rail network. The ...

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    Swiss long-distance concession delayed

    2017-10-26T13:51:20Z

    SWITZERLAND: The Federal Transport Office, BAV, has decided to postpone the award of new concessions to operate long-distance passenger services on the national network, and to directly award SBB a two-year extension to its existing contract until the December 2019 timetable change. SBB had been in negotiation with regional operators ...

  • The modernisation of the SBB Re460 locomotives aims to improve energy efficiency, reliability and availability (Photo SBB).
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    Loco upgrade aims to save the power consumption of a town

    2017-10-18T08:48:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: A Re460 electric locomotive which has been fitted with IGBT traction converters as part of a mid-life refurbishment programme was presented at Swiss Federal Railways’ Yverdon-les-Bains workshops on October 17. The 119 Re460 locomotives form the backbone of SBB’s long-distance passenger locomotive fleet. Delivered by SLM and ABB in ...

  • Trapeze has supplied Rhätische Bahn with a PA-R-I-Ty communication system to provide IP-based voice and data radio links.
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    Rhätische Bahn commissions Trapeze communications system

    2017-09-30T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: Trapeze has supplied Rhätische Bahn with a PA-R-I-Ty communication system to provide IP-based voice and data radio links across the metre gauge operator’s network. RhB’s services are managed from 13 workstations at a control centre in Landquart and three workstations at a remote facility in Klosters. PA-R-I-Ty provides 10 ...

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    Swiss long-distance concession bids go in

    2017-09-15T14:36:13Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways and regional operator BLS have submitted separate bids to the Federal Transport Office to run long-distance passenger services under the concession which is due to come into effect from December. The SBB bid includes joint operations with SOB to be managed under a long-term co-operation agreement. ...