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They are scheduled to enter service in 2020, enabling 11 older locomotives to be withdrawn.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 in December 2016.

They will be rated at 500 kW with a maximum speed of 80 km/h when operating from 11 kV 16·7 Hz overhead electrification, and 200 kW with a maximum speed of 40 km/h when powered by lithium-ion batteries.