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April 28, 2015

New high-speed train Frecciarossa 1000 makes inaugural journey in Italy

Italian transport operator Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane has put the new Frecciarossa 1000 high-speed train into service for the first time, running from Milan to Rome.

By Samseer M

Frecciarossa 1000

Italian transport operator Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane has put the new Frecciarossa 1000 high-speed train into service for the first time, running from Milan to Rome.

Bombardier and its consortium partner AnsaldoBreda were awarded a €1.54bn ($2.1bn) contract by Trenitalia in September 2010 to supply 50 Frecciarossa 1000 train units.

The cost a train set is €30.8m ($40.2m). Bombardier’s share of the contract is estimated at €652m ($889m).

The new train-sets are expected to start commercial service in June.

The newest member of Bombardier’s Zefiro family of high-speed trains, Frecciarossa 1000 is capable of operating at up to 360km/h on the Alta Velocità network, reducing the journey time between Milan and Rome to 2h and 20min.

"Bombardier has become a strong dedicated long-term partner to the Italian market."

Bombardier Transportation president and chief operating officer Lutz Bertling said: "Bombardier has become a strong dedicated long-term partner to the Italian market.

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"We value our partnership with Ferrovie dello Stato and thank them for allowing us to play such a key role in the evolution of Italian technological excellence."

Designed to offer high-acceleration for use on winding routes, the Frecciarossa 1000 train will be fully interoperable for cross-border services.

This 200m-long, bi-directional electrical multiple unit (EMU) will offer 485 seats across four classes, such as executive, business, premium and standard, and two spaces for passengers with reduced mobility.

The train is also equipped with European rail traffic management system (ERTMS), allowing it for integration of different national signalling systems and automatic train protection (ATP) systems in Europe.

Other features of the rail cars include LED lighting, soundproofing, Wi-Fi connectivity and climate control.

Meanwhile, Bombardier Transportation, along with AnsaldoBreda, also received a ten-year contract to maintain Trenitalia’s fleet of Frecciarossa 1000 trains in December last year.


Image: The V300ZEFIRO very high-speed train, known as the Frecciarossa 1000 in Italy. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.

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