Stadler expands with Texas rail-car order

Stadler, the Swiss-based train manufacturer, is expanding in the United States after securing a 100-million-franc ($107-million) order to supply rail cars for a commuter line in Fort Worth, Texas.

Stadler expands with Texas rail-car order

TEX Rail announced this week it was buying eight diesel-powered rail cars from the company based in the canton of Thurgau for its 43-kilometre rail line to link downtown Fort Worth with the Dallas-Fort Worth airport by the end of 2018.

Because government funding is involved in the purchase of the rail cars, including backing from the US Federal Transit Administration, Stadler is obliged to comply with Buy America laws that require more than 60 percent of the cost of rail car components to be built in the US.

The deal includes an option to acquire 24 additional trains.

Stadler has already sold trains to two other transportation systems in Texas.

Peter Spuhler, Stadler’s CEO and majority shareholder, said the company was considering opening a manufacturing plant in Lewisville, Texas, to build the FLIRT (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train) cars, the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram reported.

So far the company has sold 49 rail rail cars through five contracts in the US, the ATS news agency said.

Stadler Rail is a major supplier of trains to Swiss federal Railways and other rail operators in Switzerland with four plants in the country, employing 3,000 people.

But it does significant business throughout Europe through subsidiaries in Austria, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Poland.

It also has a maintenance division in Algeria after selling 64 FLIRTs to the Algerian National Railway.

Overall, it employs more than 6,000 people at 12 locations.

The privately held company does not publish an annual report but, according to its website, its sales reached 2.5 billion francs in 2013.

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Rail services to remain disrupted in Switzerland in the coming days

Snow and sub-zero temperatures over the weekend caused havoc on some train lines, mainly in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.

Rail services to remain disrupted in Switzerland in the coming days
Snow has slowed down train traffic in Switzerland. Photo by AFP

Freezing temperatures cut off the power on some lines, disrupting train traffic in several regions.

Internationally, traffic between St. Margrethen in St.Gallen and Munich was interrupted due to heavy snowfall. EuroCity trains between Zurich and Munich were canceled.

Before it resumes normal service, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) must clear a thick layer of snow from trains and remove fallen trees from tracks, the company said on its website.

The train between Basel and Zurich airport will be canceled until Tuesday evening. 

But SBB says it will resume most of its traffic on the main lines on Monday, though at reduced frequency.

Shorter train formations and longer journeys should also be expected in the next few days.

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How can you know ahead of time about any last-minute cancellations or delays?

The timetable is also constantly updated on the SBB Mobile App. 

Any delays or last minute cancellations are indicated there in real time.

On Twitter, @RailService and @railinfo_cff provide information on possible disruptions as well.

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