Austrian Federal Railways (OEBB) and Siemens Mobility have unveiled the exterior design of the new Nightjet trains during a press conference in Vienna on 23 February.
The new night trains will enter passenger service towards the end of 2022 and will initially serve connections from Austria and Germany to Italy. OEBB has already called 13 trainsets from a framework agreement with Siemens Mobility. It is likely OEBB will call a further 20 units later in 2021.
“In the fight against the climate crisis, Europe needs more climate-friendly mobility. A strong and extensive night train network is an important contribution here. That’s why we’ll be investing around €500 million in the future of night trains in the coming years and can purchase 20 more Nightjets produced with Austrian added value. This not only means additional cars for our fleet, but also more destinations and more night train lines. The Nightjet is the best option for traveling between major European cities. Austria is – and will continue to be – the trendsetter for this service in the EU.”
The new Nightjet trains will be seven cars long, comprising two coaches, three couchette cars and two sleeping cars. The couchette cars will feature mini-suites for single travellers. Each standard and deluxe compartment in the sleeping car will have its own toilet and shower. The regular compartments that were previously available will still be available in these new trains.
“The decision made in 2016 to enter the European night train business and steadily expand the night train network was absolutely right. We are already the largest provider of night train service in Europe and our investment in new and ultra-modern trains will ensure that we can continue building on our pioneering role. By providing greater comfort and privacy, our new, state-of-the-art Nightjets will clearly and convincingly focus on meeting the needs of passengers.”
CEO of Siemens Mobility, Michael Peter, was also keen to point out that the newly designed lightweight bogies would deliver a quiet and smooth experience for passengers, while also reducing energy consumption over the train’s lifecycle.
These new Nightjet trains will offer passengers free wifi. This was not previously available.
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