(PRESS RELEASE) BUSSNAG, 12-Jun-2020 — /EuropaWire/ — Swiss trains manufacturer Stadler has announced that 20 additional Capricorn trains are ordered from the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) for the Rhaetian Railway. The current purchase is worth 172.9 million Swiss Francs (~ EUR 161.3 million) and is part of the original order of 36 trains which was placed in 2016, at the time it was the largest purchase of rolling stock in the company’s history. The new 20 vehicles are part of Rhaetian Railway (RhB)’s Strategy 2030 to modernize and harmonize its fleet.
The four-car trains are operated on the narrow-gauge network of RhB in the Swiss canton of Grisons. Their maximum speed is 120 kilometers per hour. Each train is 76.4 meters long and offers 164 seats, 35 of them in the first class. The view from the driver’s cab is broadcasted to the passenger area, adding a special experience to the passenger journey.
The “Capricorn” trains are used as separable multiple units. A train can be divided into two sections in transit. The two partial trains then continue to different destinations. When travelling back in the opposite direction, the two parts are coupled together again to continue their journey. This will allow the half-hourly cycle on the single-track line between Landquart and Klosters to be completed without costly line extensions. The “Capricorns” are equipped with automatic coupling to ensure smooth operation of the separable multiple units.
Ansgar Brockmeyer, Head of Sales at Stadler, said: “The Rhaetian Railways and Stadler have been working together over decades already. We’re proud that they have decided to modernize their fleet with our robust and high-quality trains and that we can now deliver a total of 56 ‘Capricorns’ to the Grisons.”
International rail vehicle construction company, Stadler, is headquartered in Bussnang in Eastern Switzerland. Founded in 1942, it has a workforce of around 11,000 based in various production and over 40 service locations. Stadler provides a comprehensive range of products in the heavy and urban transport segments: High-speed trains, intercity trains, regional and commuter heavy rail trains, underground trains, tram trains and trams. Stadler also manufactures main-line locomotives, shunting locomotives and passenger carriages, including the most powerful diesel-electric locomotive in Europe. It is the world’s leading manufacturer in the rack-and-pinion rail vehicle industry.
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