HISTORY

2017 The rebuilt terminal in Freiburg i.B. was opened in Mai 2017.

2015 For the first time more than 100'000 trucks were carried by the Rola across the Swiss Alps via the Lötschberg-Simplon axis.

2014 The millionth truck transits Switzerland on the Rola.

2013 RAlpin achieved a record result with 109‘000 loaded truck on the Rola.

2013 RAlpin is successfully certified as ECM regarding the norm EN 445.

2012: Entry into service of the 20 renovated passenger coaches; launch of Production Monitoring activities; inauguration of the newly built wheelset maintenance workshop in Wangen bei Olten. October sees RAlpin AG gain ISO 9001:2008 quality management certification.

2011: Transfer of the Basel - Lugano relation from Hupac SA.

December 2010: purchase of 20 passenger coaches from SBB POP.


November 2010: conclusion of contract with Switzerland's Federal Office of Transport (BAV) for Rolling Highway operations 2012 – 2018.

November 2008: carriage of the 500,000th truck.

Mid-June 2007 sees RAlpin start using the new 34.6-kilometre Lötschberg Base Tunnel.

1 June 2006 sees RAlpin's Board of Directors restructure the organisation and appoint René Dancet as Managing Director. The new organisation is also strengthened in the area of finance and technology. RAlpin continues to avail itself of services from its shareholders and partners Hupac, BLS and SBB Cargo. The company's domicile is relocated to Olten.

2006: RAlpin is now transporting more than 80,000 trucks per year through Switzerland.

In 2004 to keep pace with the growing volume of traffic, RAlpin adds two pairs of trains to its exiting fleet of eight pairs. This finds RAlpin reaching the upper limits of rail capacity.

2002 sees Trenitalia SpA join RAlpin AG as a shareholder. Demand for the Rolling Highway continues unabated. Within just one-and-a-half years the Rolling Highway has established itself as a firm feature of Switzerland's transalpine traffic scene.

On 4 April 2001 BLS Lötschbergbahn AG, Hupac SA and SBB Cargo AG establish RAlpin AG with domicile in Bern. Two months later on 11 June 2001 the first RAlpin train takes to the rails.

In 1999 RAlpin, still a BLS/SBB/Hupac joint venture at the time, is awarded the contract to operate the Rolling Highway. With its approval of the distance-related heavy vehicle fee (HVF) law in 1998, the Swiss population restates its determination to see traffic adopt a more environmentally responsible attitude and boost the cost-effectiveness of rail. Alongside the existing Sunday and night-driving ban on heavy goods vehicles, the HVF presents RAlpin with a further argument in favour of the Rolling Highway.

By the late 1980s / early 1990s Switzerland had become well aware of energy and environmental issues due to the energy crisis of 1973. As early as 1976 the Federation commissions the conversion to twin tracks of the Lötschberg railway line for piggy-back traffic, while in 1982 the VCS automobile club and environmental associations launch a citizens' initiative calling for the introduction of a distance-related charge for heavy goods vehicles.

In the early 1980s, Switzerland's Federal Department of Transport, Communications and Energy (EVED – now UVEK) presents a transit concept calling for the harmonisation of road and rail development. The report also declares that rail should be the preferred means of transporting freight over long distances. This was to be the concept that laid the cornerstone of Switzerland's modal shift policy. 1981 sees Hupac launch a Rolling Highway service on the Lötschberg-Simplon axis between Freiburg im Breisgau and Milan Greco Pirelli.

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