ÖBB signs framework agreement for 700 coaches
Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Siemens Mobility have signed a framework agreement for the delivery of eight day trains and 13 night trains with a total of up to 700 passenger coaches over the next five years. The agreement has a total volume of more than 1.5 billion Euros when all of the agreement’s services have been called up.
ÖBB placed its first call for 8 nine-car trains for day service and 13 seven-car trains for night service. The Siemens Viaggio coaches will be operated with ÖBB’s current fleet of Siemens Taurus locomotives. The passenger coaches will be manufactured at the Siemens factory in Vienna, Austria. By the end of 2022, all trains ordered will be in use. The agreement can be extended beyond 2023 by ÖBB.
The contract covers the delivery of all types of passenger coaches, including cab cars, multipurpose cars, first- and second-class cars, as well as sleeping and couchette cars. The trains will be operated in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. If needed, there is an option to equip the coaches for use in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The basic variant for daytime transport is designed as a low-floor coach with extra-wide doors. The daytime trains have a seating capacity of 520, while the night trains offer 100 seats and 160 couchettes. The trains are fully equipped to accommodate passengers with limited mobility.
The Viaggio coaches feature LED interior lighting, air conditioning with a heat pump function, as well as a fresh air supply regulated by the CO2 content in the interior air. In addition, each seat in the 1st and 2nd class of the day trains will be upgraded with a USB charging socket. New on board the night trains is free Wi-Fi, which was previously restricted to long-distance rail jets and is now also available the new generation.