SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has awarded a consortium of Windhoff Bahn- & Anlagentechnik and Dräger Safety a SFr38m contract to supply three firefighting and rescue trainsets by the end of 2018.

The LRZ18 trainsets will be based at Genève, Melide and Brig to cover the CEVA line, Ceneri base tunnel and the Lötschberg and Simplon tunnels.

Each trainset will comprise a number of 60-person rescue vehicles with independent air supplies, an equipment car and a firefighting car with a 50 000 litre capacity tank. The self-propelled trainsets will have a maximum speed of 100 km/h, and the ability to haul trains of up to 1 600 tonnes out of the tunnels.