Ah things are moving regarding the ÖBB tender for new loco-hauled rolling stock. New coaches to used for both day and night trains. After a long period – the winner was expected to be selected in 2017 – with Siemens and Bombardier – the two only contestants in this game – battling over whether or not it is allowed/desirable/possible to built parts of these trains in China, the ÖBB has selected a winner; Siemens has made the best offer. What follows now is the mandatory 10-day stand still period.
Reuters reports: Siemens is selected as preferred bidder for the delivery of, initially, 21 passenger trains (loco-hauled sets). The order has a value of around 375 million euro.
The ÖBB needs new loco-hauled rolling stock for passenger services. New safety regulations are being implemented. Travellers’ needs are changing. The Eurocity and night train coaches now in use are getting outdated.
ÖBB is one of few Western-European rail operators that is still actively maintaining and expanding a network for night train services. It took over various trunk route services from the german railways in 2016, after this operator decided to completely withdraw from this market.