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EXCITING: Stadler to Boost Austrian Railways with 35 Double-Decker Trains

EXCITING: Stadler to Boost Austrian Railways with 35 Double-Decker Trains
photo: ÖBB/Stadler Rail /Stadler to Boost Austrian Railways with 35 Double-Decker Trains
07 / 07 / 2023

ÖBB, the Austrian Federal Railways, has announced a significant expansion of its fleet through a €600 million order of 35 double-decker trains from Stadler, a renowned Swiss train manufacturer.

The new order comprises 14 six-car trains for long-distance services and 21 four-car trains for local services. The first Railjet double-decker trains are projected to be operational on the western route by 2026, and with the completion of the Semmering Base Tunnel, deployment on the southern route is also on the horizon.

The deal comes amid a growing preference for eco-friendly travel among Austrians, as evidenced by the 237,000 KlimaTickets sold. "People are willing to switch to public transport if it is cheap, comfortable and attractive. With the new double-decker trains, ÖBB is meeting this demand," says Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler. The timing is opportune, given the recent passenger boom recorded by the ÖBB in 2022, with a total of 41.6 million passengers, surpassing the previous record set in 2019.

The new six-car Railjet double-decker trains are designed for top speeds of up to 200 km/h, offering around 480 seats, an almost 19% increase over the current Railjet fleet. These trains are designed for efficiency with faster passenger changes and high acceleration. The trains also boast modern interior design and amenities like vending machines, power sockets with USB connections in every row, free WLAN, real-time information system, automatic air conditioning, and video surveillance. The order also includes 21 four-car "Cityjet double-decker new" trains for local services in the eastern region, taking Austria's sustainable and accessible public transport infrastructure up a notch.