Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) - Articles and news items
Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 /
Travelling by train uses four times less energy than driving a car and utilises 90% hydropower too. Swiss Federal Railways AG (SBB) already makes a major contribution to sustainable mobility – and will continue to do so in the future. However, it also remains the largest consumer of electricity in Switzerland and, due to the ongoing expansion of services, still more traction power will ultimately be needed. This article, from Oliver Johner, Head of SBB’s Energy Saving Programme, addresses the ambitious plans of the Swiss rail company to achieve greater energy efficiency.
Rail industry news / 12 December 2016 /
Regular passenger services have begun operating through the Gotthard Base Tunnel – the world’s longest tunnel – in Switzerland.
Issue 6 2016 / 23 November 2016 /
For Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), swissTAMP is a key component in building a proactive asset management system vital for the efficient and effective planning of systematic track maintenance.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…