Sicilian carrier Ferrovia Circumetnea (FCE) has placed an order for another 4 Vulcano 2-car vehicles under a framework agreement with Newag. The contract provided for the possibility of ordering up to 10 diesel multiple units by 2 December 2017.
The original order, with a value of EUR 14,8 mln., also included the delivery of four Newag Vulcano units. The first of them was delivered to FCE in December 2015. The total value of the current order is EUR 14,9 mln. (approx. PLN 62,7 mln.).
Originally FCE awarded a contract to Italian Costa Sistemi Ferroviari (CSF) which hit financial problems. In September 2013 Newag decided to buy out the order. The Vulcano trains were and will be produced in Poland to an updated version of CSF’s design.
The first batch of Vulcanos was handed over to FCE by Newag in December 2015, coinciding with the celebrations of 120th anniversary of founding FCE. The 2-car diesel trains are narrow gauge diesel multiple units to operate on the FCE route around the Etna volcano in Sicily. These trains have special ‘powerpack’ power-transmission systems mounted together with a specially designed electric transmission.
Vulcano trains offer enhanced travel comfort to both passengers and drivers. They are fully air-conditioned and adapted to transporting passengers with reduced mobility. One carriage is fitted with a toilet for disabled passengers. The external door area is fitted with special movable ramps for wheelchairs.
- Maximum speed: 100 km/h
- Track gauge: 0,95 m
- Seating capacity: 106 seats (including 7 fold-up seats)
- doors: 2 double doors/side
- Safety standards: compliant to EN15227, EN 12663 (crashworthiness) and EN 45545 (fire resistance)
Furthermore the diesel trains are equiped with a monitoring system,. a GPS system, a modern passenger information system as well as an intercom. The Vulcano trains are equiped to operate in multiple traction.