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Switzerland and 400 UHC® HSH®

4 April 2022 | 

Switzerland’s unique and beautiful landscape of many lakes and mountains poses a considerable challenge for rail transport. Cities that are spaced far apart, as well as local neighbors, all have to be connected with each other, over long as well as shorter distances.

For the railway and its infrastructure, especially for construction and operation, this means different geological conditions, tight curves and high gradients. From a rail point of view, and also for the customer-oriented rail manufacturer, the last two points are particular important requirements:

  • Tight curves and high gradients are known to cause high loads that are responsible for rail deterioration.

To counteract this problem and, above all, these loads, voestalpine Rail Technology has developed the 400 UHC® HSH®.

voestalpine Railway Systems´s 400 UHC® HSH® is an ideal product for the requirements of VöV railways in Switzerland. Many installations in track with different operators confirm the successful and proven application. Furthermore, we have been able to determine how important planning and consultations are, especially when introducing a super premium rail grade. The joint projects helped to analyse differences of the individual networks and develop adapted solutions, for, and with, customers.

Read here more about the challenging conditions in Switzerland and why the 400 UHC® HSH® is widely used in different areas of the country: