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Riding through the longest railway tunnel of the world at a speed of 275 kph

Viktoria Steiniger (Maternity Leave)
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The test rides through the longest railway tunnel of the world, the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, will have been completed soon. voestalpine delivered 45 turnouts for this project, , as well as 18,000 tonnes of rails, each measuring 120 m in length.

The two tunnel tubes, which have a track length of 57 km (35.42 miles), including high-speed turnouts, each, have successfully been run over by a special test train at speeds of up to 275 kph.

Gotthard Base Tunnel

Delivery of 43 turnouts

On the whole, voestalpine could deliver the following for this project: a track with 43 turnouts made by voestalpine Weichensysteme GmbH and HYDROSTAR and IE 2010 made by voestalpine SIGNALING GmbH. Besides the delivery of turnouts, the service package included comprehensive engineering.

Furthermore, a total of around 18,000 tonnes of special heat-treated rails, each with a length of 120 m, were delivered by voestalpine Schienen GmbH, based in Leoben-Donawitz in Austria.work, qualification tests, documentations and trainings.


Project start eight years ago

Special challenges were due to the facts that employees of voestalpine Weichensysteme GmbH and voestalpine SIGNALING had the demanding task to intensively accompany and facilitate installation of the turnouts and were entrusted with installing turnout equipment at the site. As early as eight years ago, planning of the high-speed turnouts for this large and very important project was started in-house.

Up to handing-over to SBB (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen) in June 2016, the voestalpine employees will carry out the scheduled inspections on the turnouts within the track. In 2016, the timetable will be changed so that operation of the Gotthard Base Tunnel can be started accordingly.

Viktoria Steiniger (Maternity Leave)