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.