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Swiss Electric Multiple Units

Welcome to the new Swiss Electric Multiple Units page! There are also special pages for the Diesel Multiple Units, Electric Locos and Diesel Locos.

  • SBB class 523 FLIRT1 train in Swiss landscape. Picture by Peider SwissTrip
  • SBB Re450 headed double decked local in Wadenswil. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo
  • Südostbahn class 526 climbing a hill in Biberbrugg. Picture by Peider SwissTrip
  • TGV Lyria SNCF TGV-POS unit 4411 is preparing to depart from Zürich to Paris. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo
  • Zürich double decked local RABe 514 stops at Stadelhofen. Picture by Andreas Ehnberg
  • SBB 'Thurbo' RABe 526 in Rüti. Picture by Andreas Ehnberg
  • SBB class 511 'Dosto' on test drive in Aigle. Picture by Peider SwissTrip
  • SBB RABDe 500 'ICN' on classic curve in Wassen. Picture by Nick Slocombe
  • SBB EC250 'Giruno' stopping in Brigg. Picture by Stadler Rail
  • MTHB vintage class ABDe 536 in Konstanz. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo
  • SBB ETR-610 aka RABe503 at terminal in Zürich. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo
SBB class 523 FLIRT1 train in Swiss landscape. Picture by Peider SwissTrip1 SBB Re450 headed double decked local in Wadenswil. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo2 Südostbahn class 526 climbing a hill in Biberbrugg. Picture by Peider SwissTrip3 TGV Lyria SNCF TGV-POS unit 4411 is preparing to depart from Zürich to Paris. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo4 Zürich double decked local RABe 514 stops at Stadelhofen. Picture by Andreas Ehnberg5 SBB 'Thurbo' RABe 526 in Rüti. Picture by Andreas Ehnberg6 SBB class 511 'Dosto' on test drive in Aigle. Picture by Peider SwissTrip7 SBB RABDe 500 'ICN' on classic curve in Wassen. Picture by Nick Slocombe8 SBB EC250 'Giruno' stopping in Brigg. Picture by Stadler Rail9 MTHB vintage class ABDe 536 in Konstanz. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo10 SBB ETR-610 aka RABe503 at terminal in Zürich. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo11

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Created for 4rail.net by John McKey, Ilkka Siissalo and Andreas Ehnberg. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo, Sanna Siissalo, Peider SwissTrip, Hannu Peltola, Nick Slocombe, Andreas Ehnberg and John McKey.




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  BLS
BLS class 515 number 002 at Erlen, Switzerland

BLS RABe 515 "Mutz" (Stadler Rail KISS)
BLS only double decked stock used on local and regional traffic.

Units buit for BLS: 28
Unit numbers: RABe 515 numbers 515 001 - 515 028
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)
Capacity: 335, 1st: 61, 2nd: 274
Electrical systems: overhead.el., 15 kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Local and regional traffic for Bern

  
Detailed information on RABe 515...



BLS RABe 526 GTWs in Luzern, Switzerland

BLS RABe 526 (Stadler Rail GTW 2/8) (Currently in use at SBB)
These GTWs were first 3rd generation GTW 2/6s when delivered in 2003 to Regionalverkehr Mittelland. Operator merged to BLS in 2006 and soon after one additional module was included, creating GTW 2/8 EMUs.

Units buit for RM & BLS: 13
Unit numbers: RABe 526 numbers 526 260 - 526 286
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)
Capacity: 173, 1st: 15, 2nd: 148 + folding seats 10
Electrical systems: overhead.el., 15 kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Earlier local and regional traffic for Bern, now for SBB use

  
Detailed information on RABe 526...

  SBB
SBB ETR-610, Zürich, Switzerland

SBB Etr610 in Cisalpino colors, Basel, Switzerland
SBB ETR-610 / RABe 503 EMU (Alstom 600 series Pendolino)
SBB "inherited" a batch of these new generation 250 km/h (155 mph) Pendolinos after the split of cooperation Cisalpino (SBB+FS). Operator has also invested in two new orders bringing numbers to 19 units by 2016. Pendolinos will provide SBB necessary initial rolling stock for Gotthard and Simplon new tunnels.

Units buit for SBB by Alstom: 7 (Cisalpino origin) + 8 +4 => 19
Unit numbers: ETR-610 005-007, 9,10, 13, 15, RABe 503 011-018, (019-022)
Maximum allowed speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
Capacity: 431, 1st: 109, 2nd: 304, Restaurant: 18
Electrical systems: overhead.el., DC 3000V, 15 kV 16,7 Hz and AC 25 kV 50 Hz
Usage: International high speed traffic

  Detailed information on ETR-610 / RABe 503...



Stadler EC250 on SBB Bene design, Switzerland

SBB EC250 "Giruno" EMU (Stadler Rail EC250)
New era with _low_floor_ high speed will dawn in 2017, when first EC250 EMUs will enter traffic for SBB Gotthard new base tunnel traffic.

Units buit for SBB by Stadler: 29 in order, testing will start in 2016
Unit numbers: not known yet, to be classified as one of the RABDe 500 classes
Maximum allowed speed: 240 km/h (155 mph)
Capacity: ~400, 1st: 117, 2nd: 286, Restaurant: unknown
Electrical systems: overhead.el., DC 3000V, 15 kV 16,7 Hz and AC 25 kV 50 Hz
Usage: International high speed traffic

  
Detailed information on EC250...



SBB Rabde 500 in Zürich, Switzerland SBB RABDe 500 EMU (Adtranz+Fiat, Bombardier+Alstom)
Everpresent, tilting and already legendary, class RABDe 500 ICN (Intercity-Neigezug) run on many main routes of Switzerland.

Units buit for SBB: 44, 1999 - 2005
Unit numbers: 500 000 - 500 043, all named too
Maximum allowed speed: 200 km/h (124 mph) on production use
Capacity: 477, 1st: 125, 2nd: 322, restaurant: 20, folding seats: 6
Electrical systems: overhead.el., 15 kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Swiss intercity traffic

  
Detailed information on RaABDe500/ICN...


Cisalpino ETR-470 unit 6 in Switzerland SBB ETR-470 EMU (Alstom 400 seriss Pendolino) (retired in 2015)
ETR-470 had immense technical problems almost throughout its history and became a very costly affair to SBB. Originally these trains were ordered for use with Trenitalia-SBB joint venture Cisalpino. They were retired in 2015 as soon as newer stock could be acquired to replace these trains.

Pendolino units built: 4 (originally 9+1 units, split for SBB-Trenitalia), 9 modules per train
Unit numbers: ETR-470 1-10 before split
Maximum allowed speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
Electrical systems: 15 KV 16,7 Hz, 3000V DC
Cab signalling: Swiss and Italian
Usage: Swiss-Iltalian main high speed routes, Zürich - Milan


  
Detailed information on SBB class ETR-470...


SBB Thurbo RABe 526 GTWs at Winterthur, Switzerland SBB Thurbo RABe 526 EMU (Stadler Rail GTW 2/6) (Thurbo=Thur+Bodensee)


SBB Flirt class 523 in beautiful mountain landscape in Steinen, Switzerland  
NSB Bm74 number 503 and SBB class 522 number 202 in Rorschach, Switzerland  
SBB RABe 520 number 009 GTW 2/8 in Lenzburg, Switzerland  
SBB RABe 514 number 054, Stadelhofen, Switzerland  


SBB class 511 Dosto EMU number 001 on thest drive at Aigle, Switzerland SBB RABe511 "Dosto"/"KISS" EMU
Zürich has had these G1 KISS/Diosto EMUs of Stadler in traffic since 2011. SBB also took a full option of 24 additional units for this high tech innovative train with broader inside loading aguge than normally.

Units built for SBB by Stadler Rail: 50 6 module sets + 24 4 module sets
Unit numbers: 6 part: 94 85 0511 001 - 050, 4 part: 94 85 0511 101 - 124
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)
Capacity: 6 part: 1st 120, 2nd 415 + 838 standees, 4 part: 60+277+548
Electrical systems: overhead electricity, 15 kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Zürich area regional traffic


  Detailed information on SBB RABe511...



SBB Re450, Sargans, Switzerland  
  SNCF
   
TGV-Lyria SBB unit 4406 at Basel Haupbahnhof in 2007
TGV-POS of TGV-Lyria (SBB & SNCF)
The TGV trains trafficking to switzerland are chancing from TGV-PSE to TGV-POS type.

Operator: SBB AG & SNCF under TGV-Lyria
Builder: Alstom
Units: a few in this use
Usage: high speed international traffic

   Detailed information on the type and units...
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Seetalbahn  
   

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SBB AG

  SBB Italian Class ETR 610 / Swiss Class RABe 503 EMU
SBB Etr610 in Cisalpino colors, Basel, Switzerland
A new ETR 610 at basel station after the initial delivery for the Cisalpino. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.
SBB Etr610 unit 13 coach side view in Cisalpino colors, Basel, Switzerland

SBB new generation Pendolino units were originally acquired to cooperation Cisalpino which shared the ownership between SBB in Switzerland and Trenitalia in Italy. Due to long discussed difficulty of the Italian party to maintain the Pendolinos, the cooperation was finally dissolved in 2011. After the split half of the trains ended up to both parties and since the SBB units have since been painted to traditional red-white-black SBB colors.

The ETR-610 train units are of newer design and not plagued numerous problems with its predecessor ETR-470. The highest speed has now been raised to 250 km/h (155 Mph).


Technical details for ETR 610 of SBB
-> Type/class: ETR 610 (multivoltage new generation Pendolino)    
-> Usage: international high speed traffic  
-> Builder: Alstom in Italy    
-> Operators: SBB AG of Switzerland
-> Production dates: 2007 - 2011    
-> Numbers built:  ? ~10
   
-> Seen: mainly on the routes between Switzerland and Italy  
-> Number series:

-> Configuration: 7 cars
-> Seats: 432
    - First class: 126
    - Second class: 306
    - Restaurant car:
    - Folding seats:

-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 3000V DC + 15kV 16,66 Hz AC + 25kV 50 Hz
-> Power output: 5500kW (7400 Hp)
-- 8 x 687 kW
-> Tractive Effort: 225 kN continuous
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): unknown   
-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 250 km/h (155 mph) 
-> Multiple drive: yes
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo'+2'2'+2'2'+2'2'+Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo'

-> Wheel diameter: mm
-> Tilting: electro-hydraulic

-> Length: 187,4 m 
-> Height: m
-> Width: 2,83 m
-> Gauge: 1435 mm

-> Weight: 421 metric tons (,000 lb), empty 387 tons
-> Max. axle load: 16,5 metric tons
-> Power to weight ratio: 13,0

-> Train control: ERTMS, SCMT, ZUB, LZB, PZB, SIGNUM

-> Special:
-- most unit have been painted the SBB red-white-black.

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  SBB Italian Class ETR 470
Cisalpino ETR470 Pendolino number 6 in Lugano





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  SBB RABDe 500 ICN (Intercity-Neigezug)
ICN / Rabde500 at Wassen on Gotthard Route
An SBB/CFF class Rabde500 ICN is showing its tilting capabilities on the curve entering Zurich, Switzerland. Picture by Nick Slocombe.

SBB ICN in Lenzburg

The class RABDe 500 tilting EMUs are very common in Swiss long distance traffic. Many units have been taped for advertising or entertainment purposes.


Technical details for RABDe 500 ICN
-> Type/class: RABDe 500   
-> Usage: regional and interregional fast transportation 
-> Builder: Bombardier/Adtranz, Oerlikon and Pratteln, Alstom/Fiat-SIG
-> Design: Pininfarina    
-> Operators: SBB of Switzerland
-> Production dates: 1999 - 2005    
-> Numbers built:  44,
    - first serie 00 - 23
    - second serie 24 - 43
   
-> Seen: mainly on the routes within Switzerland  
-> Number series: 500 000 - 043

-> Seats: 477 (7 modules)
    - First class: 125,
    - Second class: 322,
    - Restaurant car: 20,
    - Folding seats: 6

-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Engine:  
-> Power output: 5200kW ( Hp)
-> Tractive Effort: 210 kN continuous
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): unknown 
-> Tilting: yes
 
-> Multiple drive: yes, typically 2 units
-> Wheel arrangement: 1A'A1'+1A'A1'+2'2'+2'2'+2'2'+1A'A1'+1A'A1'  
-> Wheel diameter: mm

-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 200 km/h (124 mph) 

-> Length: 188,8 m 
-> Height: 3,95 m
-> Width: 2,83 m

-> Weight: 355 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Power to weight ratio: 14,6

-> Special:

- The units are named as follows:
-- 500 000: Le Corbusier
-- 500 001: Jean Piaget
-- 500 002: Annemarie Schwarzenbach

-- 500 003: Madam de Staël
-- 500 004: Mani Matter
-- 500 005: Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
-- 500 006: Johanna Spyri

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  SBB Rabe 523 of SBB AG
SBB Flirt class 523 in beautiful mountain landscape in Steinen, Switzerland
SBB Class RABe 523 climbs a hill at the beautiful Swiss scenery at Steinen, Switzerland. Picture by Peider SwissTrip.



Class RABe 523 of SBB AG is a typical Flirt train (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train). This electric multiple unit consists of two powered driving modules and 2 intermediate modules, all of which are 98% low floored for faster access and alighting. You can walk through the 55 cm high train with steps only at the ends over the bogies.


Technical details for RABe 523 of SBB
-> Type/class: RABe 523, 4 module Flirt EMU
-> Usage: Stadtbahn Zug, Lausanne RER  
-> Builder: Stadler    
-> Operators: SBB AG
-> Production dates: 2004 - , 2007 -    
-> Numbers built: 24

-> Seen: SBB routes near Zug and Lausanne  
-> Number series: 523 001 - 523 024

-> Seats: 169
    - First class: 20
    - Second class: 138
    - Folding seats: 11
-> Standing capacity: around 300

-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output:
-- momentary: 2600 kW ( Hp)
-- continuous: 2000 KW ( Hp)
-> Tractive Effort: 200 kN start
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): unknown   
-> Multiple drive: up to 4 units
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'2'2'2'Bo' 

-> Wheel diameter:
    - Powered: 860 mm
    - Nonpowered: 750 mm
-> Tilting: -

-> Maximum operational speed: 160 km/h (100 mph) 

-> Length: 74,1 m 
-> Height: 4,15 m
-> Width: 2,88 m

-> Weight: 120 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axle load: metric tons
-> Power to weight ratio: 21,6 (excellent)

-> Train control:

-> Special:






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  Rabe 514 of SBB AG
SBB RABe 514 number 054, Stadelhofen, Switzerland
SBB Class RABe 514 unit 054 arrives to Stadelhofen, Zürich, Switzerland. Picture by Andreas Ehnberg.

SBB RABe 514 number 059 with NPZ RBDe, Stadelhofen, Switzerland

A very common sight in the Zürich local traffic is the class 514 EMU of SBB AG.


Technical details for RaBe 514
-> Type/class: RaBe 514, 4 module double decked EMU
-> Usage: Zurich local traffic  
-> Builder: Siemens / SKV / Stadler    
-> Operators: SBB AG of Switzerland
-> Production dates: 2005 - 2009    
-> Numbers built: 61
   
-> Seen: mainly on the S-Bahn routes around Zurich, Switzerland  
-> Number series: 514 001 - 514 061 (unlike most rolling stock the numbering starts with 1 not 0 here)

-> Seats: 378
    - First class: 74
    - Second class: 304
    - Folding seats:

-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 3200kW ( Hp)
-> Tractive Effort: 240 kN continuous
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): unknown   
-> Multiple drive: yes
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'+2'2'+2'2'+Bo'Bo' 

-> Wheel diameter: 920 mm
-> Tilting: -

-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 140 km/h (87 mph) 

-> Length: 100,0 m 
-> Height: 4,6 m
-> Width: 2,78 m

-> Weight: 225 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axle load: metric tons
-> Power to weight ratio: 14,2

-> Train control:

-> Special:






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  SBB Rabe 511 os SBB AG
SBB class 511 Dosto EMU number 001 on thest drive at Aigle, Switzerland
A test drive for unit 001 of class RABe 511 for SBB AG. The trains will be used in Zürich local S-bahn traffic. Picture by Peider SwissTrip.


The new emerging class for the SBB AG will be RABe 511. These double decked trains have added much needed capacity to the Zürich local traffic from 2012 onwards.


Technical details for RaBe 511
-> Type/class: RaBe 511, 4 module double decked EMU
-> Usage: Zurich local traffic  
-> Builder: Stadler Altenrhein AG   
-> Operators: SBB AG of Switzerland, RegioExpress
-> Production dates: 2011 -    
-> Numbers built: a few (50 6 module + 24 4 module trains)

-> Seen: mainly on the S-Bahn routes around Zürich, Switzerland  
-> Number series: 511 001 - 511 050, 511 xx1 - 511 xx4

-> Seats: 527
   -- First class: 112 (some sources say 120)
   -- Second class: 415
   -- Folding seats: 0
-> Standing capacity: 846 / 1168

-> Floor height, entrance: 570 mm

-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 4000 kW ( Hp), momentary 6000 kW ( Hp)
   -- 8 x 750 kW
-> Tractive Effort: 400 kN starting
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): unknown   
-> Multiple drive: up to 4 units within class
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'+2'2'+2'2'+2'2'+2'2'+Bo'Bo' 

-> Wheel diameter: 920 mm
-> Tilting: -

-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 160 km/h (100 Mph) 

-> Length: 150,0 m 
-> Height: 4,6 m
-> Width: 2,8 m
-> Gauge: 1435 mm

-> Weight: 297,7 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axle load: metric tons
-> Power to weight ratio: 20 (impressive figure!)

-> Train control: Swiss

-> Special:
  -- bright passenger friendly area for passengers
  -- spacious boarding areas with 1400 mm wide double doors

  -- airconditioning throughout the train
  -- restroom suitable for people with difficulty to move
  -- air suspension on bogies for comfortable ride
  -- train bus for computer control of the vehicle(s)






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  SBB "DPZ" Re 450 headed virtual EMU

SBB RE450 number 033 and Re4/4 number 11201, Zurich, Switzerland
A virtual EMU created by Re450 number 033 + 3 double decked coaches + driving trailer in Zürich, Switzerland. Picture by Andreas Ehnberg.

Re450 with coaching at Wädenwil in Zürich, Switzerland
Re450 with coaching at Wädenwil in Zürich, Switzerland

 


Operator: SBB/CFF
Builder: SLM, ABB, SIG
Units: 115
Usage: Zürich local traffic
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Technical details
-> Type/class: Re450 headed virtual EMU with double decked stock and a dricving trailer.
-> Usage: Zurich local traffic  
-> Builder: SLM, SBB, SIG    
-> Operators: SBB of Switzerland
-> Production dates: 1989 - 1997   
-> Numbers built: 115
-> Numbers in use: 115

-> Seen: mainly on the S-Bahn routes around Zurich, Switzerland  
-> Number series: (450) 000 - (450) 114

-> Seats:
    - First class:
    - Second class:
    - Folding seats:

-> Energy Source: overhead electricity, 15kV 16,66 Hz AC
-> Power output: 3200kW ( Hp)
-> Tractive Effort: kN continuous
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): unknown   
-> Multiple drive:
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'+2'2'+... 

-> Wheel diameter: mm
-> Tilting: -

-> Maximum operational speed where possible: 130 km/h ( mph) 

-> Length, loco: 18,4 m 
-> Length, EMU: m 
-> Height: 4,5 m
-> Width: 2,98 m

-> Weight, loco: 74 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axle load: metric tons
-> Power to weight ratio:

-> Train control:

-> Special:






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