Stadler unveils new high-speed train ‘Giruno’

Credit: Stadler.
Credit: Stadler.

Stadler has marked its 75th anniversary by unveiling the new EC250 high-speed train.

Also known as ‘Giruno’, 29 of the 11-car low-floor multiple unit trains are being built for SBB.

The trains will run through the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland – the longest rail tunnel in the world – connecting Zurich, Basel, Milan and later Frankfurt from the end of 2019.

The 202 metre long trains can reach speeds of up to 250km/h and contain seats for 405 passengers.

The required output is generated using four motorised bogies in which both of the axles are driven.

In order to keep passengers occupied, the Giruno features a 3G/4G mobile communications amplifier, sockets at every seat as well as large luggage racks and separate toilets for men and women and special toilets for disabled passengers.

At the end of October 2014, SBB ordered 29 electric high-speed trains from Stadler to run in the Gotthard Base Tunnel for the end of 2019. The order also included the option for an additional 92 vehicles.

SBB CEO Andreas Meyer said: “The Giruno is currently our most important joint project. Trains like the Giruno are the basis for a modern and competitive rail system. They help us to be more competitive in terms of international transport: in future, the Giruno will be the most comfortable way to travel between Italy and Switzerland.”

Before commissioning, the high-speed train will be tested at Rail Tec Arsenal. Vienna.

The Giruno will also be approved for operation not only in Switzerland, but also in Germany, Austria and Italy.