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Switzerland: Windhoff Supply Fire Rescue Recovery Trains to SBB

Image courtesy of Windhoff Bahn Und Anlagentechnik GmbH
Image courtesy of Windhoff Bahn Und Anlagentechnik GmbH

Windhoff Bahn Und Anlagentechnik GmbH and Dräger Safety AG & Co. KGaA will supply three self-propelled firefighting, rescue and recovery trains to SBB Switzerland, to be delivered by 2018.

Dräger Safety, as leaders in medical and safety technology, will work with Windhoff to develop a next generation locomotive to be stationed in Geneva, Melide and Brig to serve the SBB CEVA-line, the Ceneri Base Tunnel and the Lötchberg Tunnel, Simpion and Wallis. From these points, the locomotives can reach the entire rail network within the allocated intervention period.

The locomotives have a maximum speed of 100km/h and a safe towing load of 1,600 tonnes. Each unit consist of rescue vehicles, an equipment car and firefighting car. The operator stand and rescue vehicles are all fitted with an independent ventilation and air supply system, with capacity for the evacuation of 60 people. The firefighting car has a 50,000 litre tank as well as foam to combat any form of fire.

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