Switzerland electrifies rail system

In 2000, Switzerland became the first country to have a fully electrified rail system, with less than 0.4 percent powered by other energy sources.

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Additional Information:

  • Rail transport in Switzerland
    The Swiss rail network is noteworthy for its density,[13][14] its coordination between services, its integration with other modes of transport, and a thriving domestic and trans-alp freight system.
  • History of rail transport in Switzerland
    The construction and operation of Swiss railways during the 19th century was carried out by private railways. The first internal line was a 16 km line opened from Z├╝rich to Baden in 1847.
  • Railway electrification system
    A railway electrification system supplies electric power to railway trains and trams without an on-board prime mover or local fuel supply. Electrification has many advantages but requires significant capital expenditure.
  • Swiss Federal Railways
    It is usually referred to by the initials of its German, French and Italian names, either concatenated as SBB CFF FFS, or used separately. The Romansh version of its name, Viafiers federalas svizras, is not officially used.[
  • Railways in Switzerland
    The first railway in Switzerland opened in 1847 between Zurich and Baden, a distance of 16km. It was built to standard (1435mm) gauge.

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