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Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) - Articles and news items

Bitcoin to be sold at all SBB ticket machines in Switzerland

Rail industry news / 31 October 2016 /

Swiss national rail operator SBB has announced the digital currency Bitcoin will soon become available to purchase at all station ticket machines as part of a two year trial.

A new railway for the longest rail tunnel in the world

Issue 4 2016 / 25 July 2016 /

On 1 June 2016 an exciting new chapter was added to the Gotthard story. With the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, Switzerland made railway history with a once-in-a-century construction project that embodies the innovation and competitiveness that makes the country the envy of Europe. For European Railway Review Head of SBB Infrastructure, Philippe Gauderon, reflects on this major project and highlights the benefits renewed passenger and freight operations will bring to the Gotthard region…

A possible universal approach for risk assessments

Issue 2 2016 / 23 March 2016 /

François Bianco, Isabella Mariani and Hanspeter Schlatter from the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) Signalling Department present their risk assessment method and suggest that a possible universal approach could be used…

Introduction of energy metering, settlement and billing at SBB

Issue 1 2016 / 4 February 2016 /

In 2012, the Board of SBB (the Swiss Federal Railways) decided on a new energy strategy, with efficiency and saving being one of the strategic directions. SBB plans to reduce its yearly energy consumption by 600 GWh, which is about 20% of its total energy consumption, by 2025. Approximately 80% of the total SBB energy consumption is produced by its own hydro power stations. With the planned reduction, SBB intends to operate exclusively on electricity from renewable sources, thus supporting the strategy of Switzerland for sustainable energy production and consumption. SBB’s Gisela Hinrichs, Programme Manager for Energy Settlement and Billing, and John Hegarty, Programme Manager for Energy Metering, explain further…

SBB Bözberg railway tunnel contract delivers boost to transalpine rail freight

Rail industry news / 17 July 2015 /

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has awarded Implenia a SFr 145 million contract to replace the existing Bözberg railway tunnel with a new 4 metre twin-track tunnel further increasing the shift from road to rail freight.

SBB presents new double-deck Twindexx Express

Rail industry news / 15 June 2015 /

In a ceremony held on the 8th June, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) unveiled the new double-deck long-distance Bombardier Twindexx Express ahead of service in 2017.

Swiss railway infrastructure strengthened by $30 million investment

Rail industry news / 27 April 2015 /

National Swiss railway operator, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), has agreed a $30 million contract with power and automation technology group ABB, to help boost power and increase capacity in the Swiss Alps.

SBB to get additional Pendolino high-speed trains

Rail industry news / 16 February 2015 /

SBB – the Swiss federal railway operator – has awarded Alstom a contract worth around €115 million for the supply of four Pendolino high-speed trains…

SBB’s fleet gets data roaming services installed

Rail industry news / 12 February 2015 /

BICS, a global wholesale carrier for voice, mobile data and capacity services and Swisscom, the largest mobile operator in Switzerland, have implemented data roaming services on SBB’s fleet of train…

Prysmian wins new contract with the Swiss Federal Railways Company

Rail industry news / 2 October 2014 /

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a new contract for a frame agreement worth approximately € 26 million by SBB CFF FFS, the Swiss Federal Railways company…

Swiss railway operator SBB chooses Nexans cables for infrastructure upgrade

Rail industry news / 24 September 2014 /

SBB signs five-year framework agreement with Nexans for signalling and balise cables for upgrades to Swiss rail network…

ABB wins $70 million order to modernize locomotives for Swiss Railways SBB

Rail industry news / 24 September 2014 /

New generation of traction converters will improve energy efficiency of the modernized locomotive fleet and follows large fleet modernization orders in Germany and Sweden…

 

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