Last week, Alstom delivered the last Pendolino ETR 610 high-speed train to the Swiss railways (SBB), in accordance with the planned schedule defined within the contract signed in 2015 for four additional trains. They will operate as EuroCity trains on the Gotthard and Simplon line to Milan. This last delivery completes SBB’s tilting fleet, which now counts 19 Pendolino trains.
The Pendolino train for SBB (series designation RABe 503) is a seven-car train which can accommodate up to 430 passengers at a commercial top speed of 250 km/h. All trains were manufactured in Savigliano (Italy).
How 19 ETR trains became part of the SBB fleet:
- 2004: order ETR 600 001-012 Trenitalia
- 2004: order ETR 610 001-014 Cisalpino
- 2008: Revenue services should have started in december, but were postponed due to late delivery and quality issues
- 2009: Cisalpino is terminated, SBB and Trenitalia split the ETR 610 fleet:
- > SBB gets 7x ETR 610 005-007 / 009 / 010 / 013 / 014
- > Trenitalia 7x gets ETR 610 001-004 / 008 / 011 / 012
- 2012: SBB orders 8x RABe 503: no. 011-018
- 2015: SBB orders 4x RABe 503: no. 019-022
- 2017: delivery completed
Check out beautiful photos of SBB’s ETR 610 series on Trainspo.com