BLS RABe 525

The BLS RABe 525 are regional trains, which were developed for the BLS Lötschberg Railway, today BLS AG in Switzerland. Due to the project name low-floor commuter train, the product was given the name " NINA ".


The vehicle was the mid- 1990s, Vevey Technologies together with Bombardier Talbot, Aachen ( D) developed and built. Low-floor concept and bogie technology are largely taken from the trainset talent, which was developed by Bombardier Talbot in Aachen. The bogies have an almost identical structure that has only been adapted for NINA. For the electrical engineering company Holec Machines & apparatus was - later Alstom / Traxis - from Ridderkerk ( NL) responsible, which, like the Vevey Technologies at this time also belonged to Begemann Group from the Netherlands. Since 2001, the company Vevey Technologies operates as Bombardier Transportation ( Switzerland ). The vehicles were still being manufactured in the factory in Villeneuve VD.

The " NINA " were offered as a two-to four -car multiple units. They are driven by two two-axle motor bogies under the cabs. Between the individual cars Jacob bogies are attached. The train counts as the Stadler GTW to lightweight vehicles. A three-part unit weighs only 78 tons empty (for comparison, a Re 465 " Lok 2000 " weighs 84 tons). The top speed is 140 km / h

The BLS procured in 1998 a first series of eight three-piece units. In 2000, a repeat followed about six vehicles, which was followed by a third series over 18 vehicles that were ordered in late 2002. The place in the year 2003 fourth order four vehicles, the stock rose to a total of 36 units. In order to increase the seating capacity, the thirteen RABe were 525 015 extended to 027 to each one intermediate car to four-car train sets in 2007.

Also the Transports de Martigny et régions (TMR ) and the transport Régionaux Neuchâtelois ( TRN) joined to the second order to the BLS. The TMR procured three units ( RABe 527511-513 ), who are traveling in the canton of Valais on behalf of RegionAlps and have been taken over by that company in 2009. The TRN procured two NINA ( RABe 527321-322 ) that are covered pursuant to the end of 2007 is complete agreement in the subsequent years of the BLS. RABe 527 322 is already the beginning of 2008 at the BLS and the end of September 2008 were classified as RABe 525 038 in the stock of the BLS; the opening of the Bernese shopping center West Side, the vehicle was pasted accordingly. After the removal of these advertising trainset went all in white, with a red stripe on the forehead front. This unit was sold to the delivery of the re-ordering of solder to the salvors RegionAlps. RABe 525 037 beginning of August 2009 was also classified in the inventory of the BLS. These NINA wrong since the beginning of October 2009 in the colors of the club login vocational training and was 17 October 2009 at station Langnau iE baptized. RABe 525 036 had received a promotional painting for the Zentrum Paul Klee shortly after delivery. Since 2011 this unit advertises the Berner Zeitung. Also in 2011 RABe 525 035 received a Werbebeklebung for the musical Alperose.

On December 24, 2010, NINA RABe 525 031 BLS fell into Müntschemier on fire and burned down almost completely. The box structure was doing so badly damaged that the multiple unit had to be canceled. As a substitute, another Lötschberger ( RABe 535) was procured in 2012.

2012 sold the BLS NINA 38 to the RegionAlps. As part of the registration in the National Rolling Stock Register ( NVR), the other three RA trains TSI numbers received after the BLS trains, ie 39-41.

Lötschberger RABe 535

For use as RE Lötschberg on the Lötschberg route ( Bern -Spiez -Brig ) from the end of 2008 trainsets were obtained from the BLS under the project name " Panina " thirteen "Panorama" ordered from Bombardier. The " Panina ", which were presented at the official rollout in Villeneuve as "Lötschberger" ( RABe 535101-113 ), based largely on the constructive NINA, have, however, due to the longer travel times more comfortable equipment. Due to the foreseeable scarce fleet an option for eight more units of this type was even before delivery of the first vehicle, redeemed. The commissioning of the first series was accompanied by various problems ( Failed to automatically couple / uncouple, disorders of air conditioners, errors in the passenger information system, etc.), also it was too late. The second series ( 535114-121 ) could be set up for completion in Spring 2010 and still operating. In 2011, four trains reordered, among other things, as a substitute for NINA 31 and 38 and the RBDe 565 730 These trains went in the fall of 2012.