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Production of Double-Deck Railcars for Trenitalia Completed

The last Vivalto double-deck railcars manufactured by Hitachi Rail Italy for Trenitalia left the Reggio Calabria factory yesterday, 11 July 2017.

The CDPTR railcars – Carrozze Doppio Piano Traporto Regionale (double-deck railcars for regional transport) are part of a framework contract concerning the production of 706 cars for Trenitalia, for a total amount of €987 million.

Double-Deck Railcars
© Hitachi Rail Italy

Vivalto Double-Deck Railcars

The train, called “Vivalto” by Trenitalia, is a highly innovative double-deck train characterised by comfort and user-friendliness. The 6-car consists of five trailer cars plus one motor car, has 725 seats and, considering also the space for standing passengers, has a total transport capacity of 1,300 passengers. The train, equipped with easy access for disabled passengers, can reach the max speed of 160 km/h.

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Its high level of comfort and safety are connected to the maximum availability of the interior space, with large glass windows bestowing high visibility and clarity to the interior of the cars. The train is equipped with a last generation fire-fighting system as well as a video surveillance system for the real time visualisation of images on the onboard monitors.


The production of these trains involved all the Italian Hitachi Rail Italy plants: Naples for the manufacturing of the bogies of almost the entire fleet and Pistoia and Reggio Calabria for the mechanical work, the assembly and the interior fittings as well as tests and final testing with the customer.

The cars officially handed over to Trenitalia yesterday are the last of the 280 manufactured in the Calabrian plant.

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Maurizio Manfellotto, CEO of Hitachi Rail Italy, said:

“Today we are confirming, once again, our capacity to supply state of the art products within the delivery schedule. Many and important changes have taken place in the companies forming the Consortium of which Hitachi Rail Italy is the Main Contractor for the execution of this contract. Being able to rely upon the commitment of our factories we are able to present ourselves to our main customer as a reliable partner not only for the fulfilment of the contractual agreements but also for the products quality. Regional transport is an important segment of our product portfolio. Hitachi Rail Italy, with the Vivalto today and with Rock in the near future, aims to continuously innovate mostly in the fields of safety, technology and sustainability”.

Barbara Morgante, CEO of Trenitalia, added:

“With over 700 Vivalto cars purchased over the past few years, about 126 high-capacity trains, Trenitalia has made a decisive turning point in the modernization of its regional fleet. We are giving a determined acceleration to the tender for the 135 diesel fueled trains launched a few weeks ago, and with the framework agreement for the supply of 450 trains, 300 of them will be delivered by Hitachi Rail Italy staring from 2019”.

Original article © Hitachi Rail Italy.

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