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World class made in the Canton of Thurgau

The President of the commune is strategically located at the major intersection of the place. From the console, he sees every vehicle that drives through his village, and it's worth it for him to lift-and the view of the work: As the Jungfraujoch train passed by, the Glacier Express, the Rocky Mountaineer Train or the gear train, the carried in Rio de Janeiro tourists to the Christ the Redeemer Statue up. One day, the stairway to Heaven was even slipped in the municipality of Bussnang over, the Golden path, which ascends to the Austrian pilgrimage site of Mariazell.

Can't be? But. Ruedi, President of the "Church with the train", a Slogan that he himself has invented Zbinden. "Because everyone knows that it is in Bussnang. Bussnang Stadler Rail," he says. In the municipality of President of the former Artists shines through, he is broad-shouldered, wears a moustache, has a down-to-earth. And he knows, how he puts his community in the best possible light – just three weeks ago, when Stadler Rail , went public, he was once more in all of the media present.

If the latest cars from Stadler Rail, painted freshly in the Assembly hall, driven back, in front of the parish house to maneuver – the crossroads is for the bulky cargo. "Who would have thought that from the small engineering office that was in 1962, in the village, a world group?" Zbinden asks.

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In the huge hall, drilled and whistles and whirrs. The car is a wagon, SBB in addition to Greater Anglia, UK, in addition to regional transport Bern-Solothurn. Dozens of blue-clad run to the car, grinding metal, climbing on ladders in the car, wiring of the switchgear, assemble the chair.

in Front of the hall, two men, a big narrower and a smaller stronger. You are the memory of Bussnang – the long-term memory. Hubert Haag, formerly the land register administrator, is 77, Willi Ausderau, a farmer and the village chronicler, 87. "No man would have thought that Stadler is so great," says Haag. He looks so incredulous at the halls, as he saw you for the first Time. He grew up in the neighboring house. He was 20, as Ernst Stadler grapes here, where farmers, sugar beet and calves in goods loaded cars, an Assembly hall with a railway siding built.

Ruedi Zbinden: President of the municipality of Bussnang. Photo: Reto Oeschger

Of his parent's house in Hubert Haag saw it, a world group grew: First Stadler has built a office building and a Villa for his family. But then business picked up: Always, if a big came in order, was built. The tracks along, then around the Villa, and finally in the height. Thus, the company could continue to grow, was moved to a road, but then to stand there on the Tracks. "They could have built more, would be the train drove through the place," says Haag dry. After all, it would have been the own – the Thurbos that run here, were built by Stadler.


Today, you can't miss Stadler. Those arriving by train, see the Assembly halls, the railway cottage. Who comes with the car, is made at each intersection to Stadler. And the parish President returns from vacation, he looks like the Assembly halls from the plane.

Muffled blaring it in front of the railway cottages. Two men in a suit and rolling suitcase in Hand at the Track. "It's a quiet place here," says the elder, an Englishman. He listens to the birds whistle, cowbells ringing, and over the bridge above him thunders a tractor over. "It's mobile phone," says his companion. The Englishman: "I didn't expect that."

Who here wegwill, must stop the train by pressing a button, otherwise it departs. Why should get out of here Foreign? The most important monument is the Ganggelisteig, the only event of the sulky races, the only personality that has brought the village according to Wikipedia: Ernst Stadler (1908-1981), engineer, entrepreneur, founder of the Stadler vehicles AG.

"of Course you are proud!"

In the village core there is no Baker, no butcher, not even a Volg. The only supply station is the Selecta vending machine at the train station. The 2300 Bussliger are distributed to 18 villages and hamlets, a large patchwork of Fields and meadows. The two churches in the village core of a ring, respectively, and combines the Sunday, so all can hear.

giant Stadler and the village are two worlds, and mix. Noon men Smoking in Blue in front of the Assembly halls, a few Hundred meters further on, in the Blumenau, you see, but no. "As Stadler had no canteen and ate some of them here," says the landlady, Karin Dostal. Today, she sees the workers as many in the village just in front of the house in a traffic jam. Nevertheless, "The people are very connected with Stadler. It means: I'm from Busslig, where Stadler is."

"of Course, one is proud of! Right, Willi?", Hubert Haag asks in front of the Assembly hall. A lot of have not contributed to the village in the success of Stadler. "We put him out but never in the way." Since 20 years had passed not a year where no new construction had been, and, accordingly, the assembled congregation was often Einzonungen, Zoning, or road laying. "There has never been any Objections," says Haag. And Ausderau: "It would have been stupid."

Willi Ausderau: The village chronicler, and Bauer is 87 years old. Photo: Reto Oeschger

but How this village came to a world group? Perhaps Hague is the Only one who still knows: "My father was administrator and President of the Raiffeisenbank. So he got early Wind of it, that a Mr. Stadler from Zürich is looking for a piece of Land with rail siding." The former Mittel-Thurgau-Bahn had one – that prior to the Hague's doorstep. So Hague senior came to the railway Director, and said: "You, Toni, I have an interested party."

thanks to Stadler Rail in Bussnang is more than a farming village. "Stadler carries our name in the world, Busslig is called in a train with London, or Rio de Janeiro," says Ruedi Zbinden. It is unmistakable how much he is the President of this congregation and how much he enjoys it, if here again large the station is. If the Federal councilors and group heads report to and people who come from "who knows where", to see the latest train.

"The village is in a fever with Stadler as with a sports team," says Zbinden. It is glad if in the newspaper, Stadler receives a 80-million-order from Canada. And lapsed conversely, in a state of shock, as the national Bank in 2015-gave up on the Euro minimum exchange rate. And we asked: What does this mean for us?

Who has the Say in the village?

Before Stadler at the height of the flight, was Bussnang a hardship to the municipality. She was deep in debt, and had the second-highest Tax rate in the Canton. Today, he is still half as high as in 2004. How much tax Stadler pays, not allowed to say the President of the commune. Only The legal persons and the Stadler is on for a third of the income. So ask yourself: Who in the village Say that Stadler and Zbinden? The not hear the question the first Time: "of Course, the local Council and me." Stadler've never tried, its Position in this matter. Oh, sure, sometimes he get hear already: "If Stadler calls, everything goes fast." But the people of Stadler were it used to work and delivered perfect documents.

fear of the community that Stadler pulls away one day? "Our company can't be transplanted," says spokeswoman Marina Winder. It was grown on Bussnanger soil organically, and today, all the processes are optimized.

So familiar with the village on Stadler, and in particular the Chairman of the Board Peter Spuhler. On the former Grenadier-Kadi is leaving, says Zbinden. Could motivate his people and shy away from any task: Gaht nöd, gits nöd. The Bussliger thanked him by making Spuhler of honorary citizens.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 01.05.2019, 22:56 PM

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