July 02, 2014

SBB orders Harsco catenary maintenance vehicles

Written by  Anitra Green
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SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) has awarded Harsco a SFr 100m ($US 113m) contract to supply 59 catenary maintenance and renewal vehicles, which will replace older units and expand the fleet to meet future maintenance requirements.

The project will be managed by Harsco Rail Europe, which is based in Ratingen (Germany), and will involve several Swiss companies that are supplying maintenance equipment for the Gotthard and Ceneri base tunnels, including ABB, Railtec Nystems, Nencki, Ferriere Cattaneo and Joseph Meyer.

The new vehicles will be delivered between March 2016 and September 2017, and will be used across Switzerland.

Last October SBB awarded Harsco a contract to supply 31 Utility Track Vehicles (UTVs), including 13 powered units, for maintenance in the Gotthard and Ceneri base tunnels. MTU announced on July 1 that it has received a contract to supply 700kW underfloor powerpacks for the 13 powered vehicles based on the 12-cylinder MTU 12V 1600 R80L diesel engine.


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