ÖBB Orders 19 Additional Railjet Trains from Siemens Mobility

ÖBB has ordered an additional 19 Railjet trains from Siemens Mobility, alongside putting the first new-generation unit into operation.

The newly launched train will initially operate on the Vienna-Feldkirch route. Excluding the locomotive, the nine-car train is around 240 meters long and has 532 seats.

This unit is part of ÖBB’s original order for eight trains, which aim to provide a new level of comfort for passengers.

Meanwhile, ÖBB has ordered an additional 19 vehicles, which are scheduled for delivery by autumn 2028. This brings the order total to 27 new-generation Railjets.

Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has inaugurated service for the first Railjet of the new generation from Siemens Mobility
Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has inaugurated service for the first Railjet of the new generation from Siemens Mobility

The new-generation Railjet model is equipped with high-tech lightweight bogies, windows optimised for cellphone reception, innovative power distribution systems, and a self-diagnosis system with a secure radio link to the maintenance depot.

The trains are built by Siemens Mobility in Vienna and are based on the same platform used by the new Nightjet trains.

Andreas Matthä, CEO ÖBB Holding said:

“We are delighted that we’re expanding our ÖBB long-distance fleet with 19 more new-generation Railjets. People are travelling more and many prefer to do so by train. In response to this development, which is beneficial for the environment and climate, we are increasing the number of modern trains. With the new travel experience at the Brenner Pass, we are able to further enhance the popularity of this route. The new generation of Railjets offers our passengers a truly first-class travel experience and raises rail comfort to a new level.”

Specifically, the bogies on the new trains are 30 percent lighter than in previous models and require fewer raw materials in production. They also make operation of the train more economical over its lifecycle since it uses less energy, particularly when accelerating and braking.

In addition, the patented windows have a laser-beamed structure that is optimally radio-permeable for improved mobile reception. They can thus conduct signal power that is 50 times stronger than standard glass. This increases the availability of good 4G reception by 33 percent.

The trains have also been equipped with digital solutions to ensure smooth, problem-free operation. Indeed, each train continually transmits self-diagnostic data to the maintenance depot, making it easier to plan maintenance work.

Meanwhile, the trains have improved energy efficiency thanks to features such as LED interior lighting, an air conditioning system with a heat pump, and fresh air ventilation regulated according to CO2 levels.

The train’s newly developed power distribution system also contributes to efficiency, as it is highly efficient in converting voltage and transporting energy within the train.

Albrecht Neumann, CEO Rolling Stock Siemens Mobility said:

“The new generation of Railjets with their many impressive innovations in the interior provide the highest level of comfort and convenience to passengers. By helping make rail travel more attractive, these trains will make an important contribution toward achieving climate targets. The order for 19 additional trains is a strong signal underscoring the quality and technology of Siemens Mobility.”

To enhance passenger comfort, the trains offer a choice of seating, including compartments, open-plan cars and raised seating areas. The trains also have designated quiet zones and family zones with game board tables.

The interior of the new Railjet train
The interior of the new Railjet train

WiFi service is offered throughout the train, and modern passenger information systems are provided on ceiling-mounted displays and other screens.

What’s more, the onboard interior lighting automatically adjusts to the time of day, and the new double seats are equipped with folding centre armrests, allowing them to be converted into a small sofa if capacity is available. Each seat row is also equipped with three charging options: a USB port, wireless NFC charging, and a 230-volt power outlet.

Additionally, luggage can be stored securely and unattended in spaces accessed via NFC or individual numerical codes.

Each train also has three wheelchair spaces and barrier-free access via a platform-level, extra-wide entrance in the multifunctional car. This car also provides space for storing skis and snowboards, along with six bicycle spaces.

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