The first commercial passenger test trips in the Ceneri Base Tunnel began on 14 September.
The first trip through the tunnel, the 6:04am departure from Chiasso, went off without a hitch. The second train, which left Zurich for 7:10am and was headed towards Milan got stuck in the tunnel because of a technical problem with the vehicle. This problem had nothing to do with the new tunnel.
The employees of SBB Intervention wanted to recover the stuck EuroCity using the fire and rescue train but this wasn’t possible because the braking system was blocked as a result of air loss. Consequently the employees evacuated the approximately 150 passengers via a crossway. An additional train then brought the evacuated passengers from the clear tunnel to Bellinzona from where they were able to continue their journeys. The SBB has apologised to all passengers affected.
No other passenger or freight services have been affected.
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