March 13, 2013

Swiss railways place joint order for Stadler trains

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Stadler emu for Montreux Oberland Bernois railway. Stadler emu for Montreux Oberland Bernois railway.

FOUR regional railways operating in the Vaud, Fribourg, and Berne cantons of western Switzerland have awarded Stadler Bussnang a joint contract worth a total of SFr 150m ($US 158m) to supply 17 metre-gauge emus, which will be delivered between January 2015 and July 2016.

Montreux Oberland Bernois (MOB) will take delivery of four 900V dc trains, which will allow the withdrawal the railway's four ABDe 8/8 two-car emus built in 1968.

Joux Valley Yverdon-les-Bains Ste-Croix Transport (Travys) has ordered three 15kV 16.7Hz emus from Stadler. Two of these trains will replace life-expired rolling stock while the third will allow the introduction of a half-hourly service on the 24km line from Yverdon-les-Bains on Lake Neuchâtel to Sainte Croix.

Fribourg Public Transport (TPF) will receive six 900V dc sets to replace older trains on its 49km metre-gauge network, while Morges-Bière-Cossonay Regional Transport (MBC) has ordered four emus (pictured below), which will replace trains built in 1981 and support the launch of half-hourly services on the 30km line between Morges and Bière from December 2015.

MBC was the legal representative for the tender, although Stadler will sign separate contracts with each of the four railways.

Stadler says the decision to issue a joint tender for the trains generated significant economies of scale for the four operators, reducing the overall purchase price by SFr 28m, while also offering potential synergies in maintenance provision. The contract includes options for additional trains which if exercised could be worth up to SFr 80m.


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