The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) and Stadler have today celebrated with about 120 guests from business and politics to roll out the new “Capricorn” (Romansh for Capricorn) for the largest canton of Switzerland and presents the new multiple unit for the first time to the public. With these features the Flügelzugbetrieb is possible in Graubünden first time. Thus the half hour can be realized without expensive route extensions on single-track trails. Overall, Stadler is building 36 four-car trains for the RhB. It is the largest procurement of new rolling stock in the history of RhB.
Dr. Renato Fasciati, director of the RhB, and Dr. Thomas Ahlburg, Group CEO of Stadler, unveiled today joined the “Capricorn” to the public. Around 120 invited guests from business and politics pursued in Altenrhein live the spectacular entrance of the new unit train. The two CEOs cut the roll-out ceremony a red ribbon at the exit from the new train. The roll-out is one of the most important milestones in the development process of a rail vehicle. In the industry, it is common that this moment will be celebrated.
The end of June 2016, the RhB has ordered the electric low-floor trains for 361 million Swiss francs at Stadler. For the RhB it is the largest procurement of rolling stock in its history. The 36 “Capricorn” contribute significantly to the modernization of the existing fleet at RhB and allow the Grisons rail operators a step change in productivity. The RhB is planning to use the first new four-car trains on the Landquart-Davos-Filisur from late autumn 2019 is expected in 2021 with the Flügelzugbetrieb Landquart-Klosters-Davos / St. Moritz started. The moves come in the Surselva and undercut used. True to the future application of the new trains, the occasion was marked quite bündnerisch: comedian Claudio Zuccolini led by the program and the guests were treated to Grisons specialties.
Renato Fasciati: “A milestone in two ways”
“The new” Capricorn “is a milestone in two ways. On the one hand we can to offer our passengers more comfort. With the gradual commissioning of the new trains will go a whole trunk network have modern, handicapped accessible rolling road. Second, it is with a contract value of 361 million Swiss francs, the largest procurement project in our history. The new trains will mean a marked leap in productivity for rail traffic in Grisons. We are pleased that we have with Stadler long jähren partner who allows us to realize this project successfully.”
Thomas Ahlburg: “to build a joy train for Swiss rails”
“We are very proud to present the new train Grisons together with the RhB today. The whole Stadler team is always very pleased if we can build a train for the Swiss rail as a Swiss manufacturer. Already since 1963 we can build both trains and locomotives and cars for RhB. The steadily over the years built up trust and mutual understanding has contributed significantly to the fact that the train was so fast developed and built. The robust and comfortable trains will pave the passengers RhB much joy.”
The principle of “Flügelns”
New on this train is the Flügelzugbetrieb. In this multi-part features what is called “wings” are traveling separately. The two partial trains to various destinations on. In the opposite direction the two parts are reunited and go on together. Thus can be realized on the single-track line between Landquart and Klosters the half hour without expensive route extensions. In order to ensure a smooth Flügelzugbetrieb that have “Capricorn” on automatic couplings.
The four-car trains are equipped with 164 comfortable seats, including 35 in the first class. The traveler, all compartments outlets available. The modern passenger information system keeps passengers of their journey to date. Especially is the transmission of the view from the front camera in the cab. That, as in most RhB trains, including the new “Capricorn” in all compartments have open windows, the driving experience is further increased through the Grisons. Thanks to the large multi-function compartments that offer “Capricorn” sufficient space for bicycles, skis and other sports equipment as well as for prams and luggage.
Trains run at an operating speed of up to 120 kilometers per hour and are also aimed at people with reduced mobility. Three of the four cars have a low-floor entrances. In addition, the train with a disabled toilet, wheelchair spaces and tactile labels is equipped for the visually impaired. A fire fighting system ensures safe travel.