Stadler has confirmed it has signed a contract with Ferrovie Autolinee regional Ticinesi SA (FART) to deliver eight new multiple unit trains for Ticino in Switzerland.
The trains will replace the old rolling stock on the Centovalli Railway from 2023, with the order costing around £78m (94 million Swiss Francs).
These new trains will be in operation in time for the railways 100 anniversary and is the third order from Ticino in the past two years.
However, it is the first time that Stadler will build new customised narrow-gauge trains for regional and cross-border use in Ticino.
4 four-car variants will be used on the line from Locarno to Domodossola, whilst 4 three-car trains will be used on regional services in the Centovalli.
“We are proud to be building these new trains for the Centovalli railway. The development and production of tailor-made vehicles is and remains a core business area for Stadler,” says André Kurmann, Sales Manager Tailor Made at Stadler. “The new trains will ensure a high level of travel comfort for passengers. We have paid special attention to the design, to the choice of materials, and to the safety of passengers and crew members. These aspects are crucial to us as a leading train builder, and this is where our many years of experience come into play.”
“Over the past few months, we have worked closely with Stadler to define all the contractual details necessary for the completion of a contract of this kind,” underlines Paolo Caroni, Chairman of the Board of Directors of FART. “The challenge for us was to take advantage today of all the options for the development and modernisation of trains that will enter into service at the end of 2023 and continue to operate for decades to come. It is a great opportunity that requires vision and foresight.”
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