Ferrovie della Calabria orders three more Stadler narrow-gauge hydrogen trains

Visualisations of the new hydrogen train for FdC Stadler website

The Italian railway operator, Ferrovie della Calabria (FdC), has recently finalised an agreement for the procurement of three new narrow-gauge hydrogen-powered trains. The deployment of these trains is expected to begin in 2026.

This development is in line with the overarching framework established in 2023, outlining the acquisition of up to 15 hydrogen-propelled trains dedicated to serving regional and local transportation networks across the Calabria region. Ernesto Ferraro, CEO of FdC, highlighted in a press release that the purchase of these hydrogen-powered trains aligns with FdC’s broader strategy of becoming a modern and sustainable transport company within the next three years. The company is also investing over 400 million euros into various ecological transition projects.

FdC and Stadler inked a second call-off, securing the delivery of three additional hydrogen trains tailored for the narrow-gauge network (950 mm). These trains are set to commence operations on regional and local transport routes within Calabria from 2026. Notably, these three new additions will round off the FdC fleet outlined in the framework agreement, which was formally signed in July 2023. The comprehensive agreement with Stadler encompasses the supply and maintenance of a total of 15 hydrogen-powered trains, with the initial order involving six units. All trains, both those already on order and the newly commissioned ones, will be manufactured at Stadler’s headquarters in Bussnang, Switzerland.

In terms of specifications, the newly ordered hydrogen-powered narrow-gauge trains consist of two passenger cars and a power pack. These lightweight aluminium-structured cars aim to enhance energy efficiency, with the power pack housing fuel cells, hydrogen tanks, and other technical equipment. Offering a total of 89 seats per vehicle and accommodating 155 passengers, these trains prioritise accessibility, featuring low-floor access for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as designated areas for pushchairs and bicycles. Notably, the trains also include a PRM toilet compliant with TSI standards.

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Author: Emma Dailey

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

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