All Switzerland articles – Page 5

  • 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. ...

  • Arrival of a special InterRegio train from Chur marked the opening of the rebuilt Rhätische Bahn station.
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    Rhätische Bahn opens rebuilt St Moritz station

    2017-09-06T08:10:32Z

    SWITZERLAND: Arrival of a special InterRegio train from Chur marked the opening of the rebuilt Rhätische Bahn station on August 26. The train broke through a polystyrene barrier in front of guests who included Deputy President of the Graubünden Canton Mario Cavigelli. RhB Director Renato Fasciati took the opportunity to ...

  • DB Netz began work to rebuild the alignment over the collapsed tunnel at Rastatt on August 25.
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    Logistics bodies urge action after Rastatt ‘disaster’

    2017-09-05T13:17:49Z

    EUROPE: ‘The European system of rail logistics is about to collapse’, warned more than 20 trade bodies on September 4 in an open letter to European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and German Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. The letter was copied to seven other transport ministers and Josef Doppelbauer, Executive ...

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    BLS bids to take over Simplon car shuttle

    2017-08-22T13:32:48Z

    SWITZERLAND: BLS has applied to the Valais canton to take over the car-carrier shuttle service between Brig and Iselle currently run by Swiss Federal Railways, which is not seeking to renew its concession when it expires in December. If its application succeeds, BLS would operate the service from the ...

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    Bern station expansion gets underway

    2017-07-04T13:13:50Z

    SWITZERLAND: A long-discussed project to expand the main station in Bern was officially launched on July 3, following completion of the planning approval process on June 26. The Zukunft Bahnhof Bern project is intended to provide much-needed capacity increases in several areas, as both the SBB through station and the ...

  • A Stadler EC250 Giruno trainset ran through the Gotthard Base Tunnel for the first time during testing on July 2.
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    First Giruno runs through the Gotthard Base Tunnel

    2017-07-03T14:13:55Z

    SWITZERLAND: A Stadler EC250 Giruno trainset ran through the Gotthard Base Tunnel for the first time during testing on July 2. The manufacturer said that the test run at a maximum speed of 100 km/h had been a 'complete success', demonstrating that the design meets the standards required to operate ...

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    Südostbahn plans automatic train operation

    2017-06-16T09:31:50Z

    SWITZERLAND: A pilot project to develop automatic train operation was unveiled by Südostbahn AG on June 15. The ultimate intention is to achieve Grade of Automation 3, full automatic train operation with no driver but retaining staff on board for customer service and to take control when necessary. SOB has ...

  • SNCF Logistics’ planned acquisition of a 45% stake in BLS Cargo will come into effect at the beginning of July.
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    SNCF Logistics’ investment in BLS Cargo approved

    2017-06-14T10:35:52Z

    SWITZERLAND: SNCF Logistics’ planned acquisition of a 45% stake in BLS Cargo will come into effect at the beginning of July, BLS AG said on June 14. This follows Swiss and German regulatory approval for the planned acquisition, which had been announced by the companies on February 16. From July ...