The MOB-MVR workshops: Over a century of expertise and innovation at your service
A remarkable history that continues today
The Chemin de Fer Montreux-Oberland Bernois (MOB) workshops were set up in 1907 and have played a key role in developing transport in Switzerland. Our predecessors were pioneers in the field who worked to ensure that prosperity was shared by all and that tourism could flourish. For example, MOB was one of the first rail companies to use electric traction to connect the shores of Lake Geneva to those of Lake Thun – a revolutionary idea that would later become widely accepted. Indeed, where would the Pays-d'Enhaut, Saanen, Haut-Simmental and the many mountain villages be without a safe, reliable rail network? It is easy to see how, without trains, Switzerland would be nothing but a collection of isolated regions.
Today, far from resting on our laurels, we continue to innovate to improve the experience, safety and comfort of our passengers every day. For example, in 1979 we were the first company to introduce air-conditioned panoramic trains that ran on metre gauge tracks – an innovation that has since been widely imitated. In 2010, we trialled a unique prototype carriage with variable-gauge bogies. It is currently undergoing tests and represents an ambitious, innovative project that promises great technological advances.
A complete range of services
Over the course of more than a century, the MOB-MVR technical workshops have acquired unrivalled expertise in the field and can now put all this experience at your service:
- Over the course of more than a century, the MOB-MVR technical workshops have acquired unrivalled expertise in the field and can now put all this experience at your service:
- Technical department for research into refurbishing, changing and constructing rail vehicles, including designs and diagrams. Expertise in a range of areas. For example, constructing, manufacturing, assembling, approving and bringing a 5th double cog railcar for the Rochers-de-Naye line into service that was identical to the 4 railcars originally provided by the industry.
- Assembling complete vehicles or parts.
- Refurbishing all types of bogies (adhesion and cog), including outlet reducers and tyred and one-piece axles.
- Mechanical, electrical and pneumatic refurbishment of parts or entire vehicles.
- Refurbishing and repairing AC and DC motors, rotors and stators.
- Repairing electronic components. Programming programmable logic controllers.
- Painting parts or entire vehicles.
- Group procurement and logistics.
- Partnership with suppliers for maintenance services (e.g. air conditioning).
- Apprentice training centre
Some of our clients:
- Transports Publics de la Région Lausannoise: refurbishment of the M1 metro and construction of 5 additional trains.
- SBB, TSOL: refurbishment of pneumatic parts.
- SBB, WAB: maintenance and repair of air conditioning systems.
- MBC, CJ: changing tyres on motorised and non-driving axles.
- Bex salt mines: converting engines and mine cars for use in tours.
- Bombardier: manufacturing a brush system for cleaning rails.
- BonAir Sweden AB: air conditioning after-sales service for Switzerland.