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The first of eight Alstom’s Pendolino ETR 610 trains have been delivered to the swiss operator SBB. The order was made back in July 2012 and the first of the order has arrived. The trains were manufactured at the Savigliano plant in Italy.
At it’s arrival, the train – which has already obtained the type homologation for Switzerland – will pass the last dynamic tests. Two more trains are planned to be handed over to SBB by the end of 2014.
The trains are planned to operate on the Gotthard line for the EuroCity trains to Milan from the end of 2014. The new trains will work well alongside the first series of Pendolino ETR 610 trains which are currently in service on the Simplon line. In addition, the second series of trains are equipped with the tilting technology delivered by Alstom for the curves in the track. This will allow the train to reach higher speeds than conventional trains. The trains that will be delivered are 95% recyclable and uses an electrical system which injects brake power back into the catenary system.
Some of the features included in the new Pendolino ETR 610 trains are that it can run at 250km/h with maximum comfortability and can accommodate 430 passengers across its seven cars. The high standard of the first series will be maintained – wide corridors and gangways offer optimal accessibility and comfort to passengers. The seats are equipped with Seats are equipped with individual reading lights, electric sockets and a reclining function. They are aligned with the large panoramic windows which allow passengers to benefit from natural light and enjoy the scenery. A video surveillance system ensures maximum safety.
The trains are being manufactured at Alstoms Savigliano site in Italy, where Pendolino trains have been manufactured for more than 30 years. The other Alstom Transport sites involved are Sesto San Giovanni and Bologna in Italy, Le Creusot, Ornans and Reichshoffen in France, Montreal in Canada, and Neuhausen in Switzerland
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