Siemens Mobility delivers first batch of Mireo trains to ÖBB

Siemens Mobility delivers first batch of Mireo trains to ÖBB

Siemens Mobility delivers first batch of Mireo trains to ÖBB Siemens Mobility press release

Siemens Mobility has commenced the delivery of the initial 70 Mireo regional and long-distance trains to the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). This milestone marks the first order from the 2023 framework agreement, with a value exceeding 800 million euros.

ÖBB’s order encompasses three distinct versions of the Mireo trains, set to be delivered from late 2027 on. Operating at speeds of up to 160 km/h, the Mireo trains boast a range of passenger amenities, including air conditioning, WiFi connectivity, barrier-free access, electrical plugs, ski and snowboard racks, space for buggies and wheelchairs near doors, and accommodations for bicycles. The new trains feature wider cars, enhancing the overall passenger experience.

The order comprises eleven 73-metre-long local trains, 28 106-metre-long trains for various federal regions, and 31 trainsets with a length of 106 metres for long-distance transport within the Alps. Siemens Mobility’s advanced European Train Control System (ETCS) will be employed to control the trains, facilitating shorter intervals on busy routes when coupled with appropriate infrastructure.

The Mireo trains prioritise sustainability through lightweight construction, low energy consumption, and environmentally friendly features such as air conditioning systems using a natural refrigerant and a heat pump. Additionally, Siemens Mobility has introduced inner-bearing bogies as part of a single-car concept for the first time with this new design. These bogies are designed with inner bearings to save on weight and space. The extra space gained is used for relocating other components beneath the car body, improving the train’s handling and giving passengers more room and an enhanced spatial experience.

ÖBB Mireo
ÖBB Mireo (Siemens Mobility press release)

Made in Austrian

Siemens Mobility incorporates Austrian expertise by utilising SF7500 bogies developed at its competence centre for train bogies in Graz. These bogies, powered by high-performance traction motors, enhance acceleration while optimising traction and energy efficiency. The inner bearing design of the bogies contributes to weight reduction and increased space, improving the train’s handling and providing passengers with more space.

The production of Mireo trains will take place within Siemens Mobility’s global network of train manufacturing facilities, with the bogies manufactured at the Graz competence centre.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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