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Stadler to build 27 self-powered multiple-unit trains for Rhaetian Railway


Stadler has been awarded the contract to supply Rhaetian Railway (RhB) in Switzerland with 27 new self-powered multiple-unit trains. The contract, which includes an option for up to 20 additional trains, was signed today in Zurich. The vehicles will be manufactured in Altenrhein, and the first vehicle will be handed over in summer 2019.
Renato Fasciati, Director of RhB, and Peter Spuhler, Owner and Group CEO of Stadler, met today in Zurich to sign the contract for the new RhB trains together. The contract includes 27 four-carriage, 76.44-metre-long self-powered multiple-unit trains. It also includes an option for up to 20 additional vehicles. The total order volume amounts to CHF 285 million.
The air-conditioned self-powered multiple units will be equipped with 35 seats in first class, 137 seats in second class and two wheelchair spaces. The high-performance trains from Stadler are particularly attractive thanks to their low life-cycle costs and high availability and reliability. The trains are extremely robust, ensure maximum comfort for passengers and meet the requirements of the Swiss disability equality act (BehiG). The door width has been designed to ensure that guests can board and disembark as quickly and easily as possible, and the extensive low-floor area also allows for easy boarding and disembarkation. The new self-powered multiple-unit trains offer sufficient space for bicycles, skis, sporting equipment, prams and luggage, and are equipped with fully automatic couplings. The metre-gauge trains have an operating speed of 100 km/h.
At the contract signing in Zurich, RhB Director Renato Fasciati underscored the significance of this project: “The procurement of these self-powered multiple-unit trains is the largest rolling stock procurement project in the history of Rhaetian Railway. The new trains will thoroughly modernise our fleet and allow us to significantly increase our productivity. By awarding the contract to Stadler, who have already produced our Allegra multiple units and Alvra articulated trains, we are working together with a partner that we can count on, with whom we have a relationship that spans decades, and who is extremely familiar with the special requirements that our mountain railway places on our vehicles.”
“I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to build more high-quality trains for Rhaetian Railway. The RhB passengers will be sure to enjoy travelling in the durable and comfortable trains. I myself feel a deep personal connection to the Graubünden region after completing my military service there, and also as someone who loves to ski, so this project is a particular source of pride for me. And, of course, the entire Stadler team is always extremely pleased when we can acquire projects in our home country,” says Peter Spuhler.
The first self-powered multiple-unit trains will go into operation in 2019, primarily in Prättigau and Engadin, in particular as two-carriage units in Prättigau and as individual units from Klosters Platz to St. Moritz and Davos.

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