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:

https://en.xing-events.com/QNDCDCV

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.