July 3, 2013

Bombardier introduces very high-speed train

Bombardier Transportation hosted the world premiere of the Frecciarossa 1000 very high-speed train at its Vado Ligure site in Italy.

Built by Bombardier Transportation and its consortium partner AnsaldoBreda of Italy, the Frecciarossa 1000 is the newest member of the Bombardier Zefiro family of high-speed trains and is known as the V300Zefiro model. This first train unit will now begin homologation test runs on the rail line between Genoa and Savona, which is also connected to the Bombardier Vado Ligure site. Regular passenger service is expected for early 2015.

The V300Zefiro is the fastest train in Europe and is capable of reaching commercial speeds of up to 223 miles per hour. During test runs the train will reach speeds in excess of 248 mph. Its advanced high acceleration enables the train to deliver excellent travel times, even on winding routes. It is fully interoperable and will provide cross-border services, taking passengers to other European countries without the need to change trains. It could also be adapted for use on networks in many other countries.

The train is an eight-car Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU) that can run in single operation and multiple operation of two units. It will have a total capacity of 485 across four classes, two additional tip-up seats for passengers with reduced mobility and a bistro.

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