posted on 14th Jan 2021 09:37
In late December 2020, Ferrovie Autolinee regionali Ticinesi SA (FART) and Stadler signed a contract worth around 94 million CHF for delivery of eight new tailor-made EMUs, which from 2023 are to replace the old stock of the Centovalli railway in Ticino - in time for its 100th anniversary.
The new 1,000 mm gauge stock will consist of four four-car 63 m long units (141 seats, 202 standees) for the Locarno to Domodossola (Italy) line and four three-car 49 m long units (106 seats, 158 standees) for regional transport services in the Centovalli. The new trains, which will be built at Stadler Bussnang works, fully comply with BeHIG (the Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz, Law on Equal Rights for Persons with Disabilities), and will have areas reserved for wheelchairs as well as for bicycles and prams. They will also be fitted with a Wi-Fi network.
The 1,350 V DC trains with a maximum speed of 100 km/h and a power of around 750 kW (the three-car EMUs) and 1,000 kW (the four-car EMUs) have bodyshells made of aluminium profiles. The new fleet will allow FART to meet the needs of public transport as well as those of the region’s tourism industry, which is growing in the long term.
For Stadler, this is the third order from the Ticino (Tessin) region within the past two years: the FLIRT EMUs are already in use for TILO cross-border regional transport, while the first TRAMLINKs will be operated by Ferrovia Lugano Ponte Tresa SA (FLP) from summer 2021.