How to get your hands on a real Swiss train

A new website offers train lovers the chance to get their hands on what might just be the ultimate Swiss souvenir.

How to get your hands on a real Swiss train
Rail employees not included. Photo: SBB

The site (in German here) run by Switzerland’s national train operator SBB is targeted at companies and local authorities and lists second-hand products ranging from defibrillators to three phase transformers.

But it is the big-ticket items that are sure to get train buffs drooling.

This fire and rescue train has a price tag of one million francs. Photo: SBB

These items range from railway switches to locomotives and even a heavy-duty fire and rescue train.

However, anyone hoping for a bargain purchase might want to look elsewhere.

The starting price for the cheapest switch on offer is 18,000 Swiss francs (€16,200) while a Tm 232 locomotive from the early 2000s with a maximum payload of six tonnes will set you back a minimum 200,000 francs.

At the top end of the scale, the diesel-powered fire and rescue train – which comes complete with a rescue carriage with space for 50 people – has a hefty price tag of one million francs.

This switch is the perfect present for the train lover who has everything. Photo: SBB

The overall selection on the resale site remains limited, but there are plans to expand the range quickly, according to Swiss tabloid Blick.

“We want to be greener in how we do business and give rolling stock and infrastructure a second life where possible,” an SBB spokesperson told the paper.

There is a financial side too.

“When we sell products, that relieves the strain on the SBB budget,” the spokesperson added.

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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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