Visit to Stadler Rail

02 Feb. 2018

Dear Fellow Alumns,

Tony Quayle has organized an interesting tour of the new 250km/hr trains that will be introduced by SBB in 2019 (see the full description below). The registration for this event is now open and you can register at:

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Best regards,
Duane Hudgins
MIT Club of Switzerland
Event Coordinator

The Gotthard Basistunnel, the opening of which some members were able to enjoy on a visit arranged by the LSE Alumni Association, is a powerful new symbol of swiss infrastructure and unity. New 250km/hr trains, the EC250 Giruno, will be introduced by SBB on the Zürich-Milan route at the end of 2019 and will later be extended to form a direct Frankfurt-Milan service.

The MIT Club offers members the opportunity to view these new trains on a visit to the headquarters of Stadler Rail in Bussnang and the Stadler Testing and Commissioning Center in nearby Erlen (both near Weinfelden TG). The visit will include a technical presentation on the Giruno, a guided tour of production and testing, and an inspection walk-through of the first production train set. A part-completed Giruno trainset was demonstrated to the Swiss President, Doris Leuthard, and other VIPS earlier this year. Stadler Rail is itself a Swiss success story and has grown considerably, both organically and by consolidating the industry, under the leadership of Peter Spuhler, a former SVP politician. It remains a family-owned business and now employs some 7,000 people at 20 locations worldwide.

Date: Friday 2 February 2018

Visit Duration: 12.45 – 16.50

Meet at site or at Zürich Hbf Treffpunkt at 11.30 for 11.37 train to Bussnang (change Weinfelden).
*Recommended: SBB Ticket Z-Pass Ostwind Tageskarte All Zones, CHF 27.80 with Halbtax (valid for outward and return journeys and transfer to Erlen).

Note: Stadler make no charge for this visit.