[AT] Official: ÖBB and Siemens sign framework agreement for passenger coaches for Austria

As we recently reported, Siemens was selected as the preferred bidder for ÖBB’s loco-hauled night/day trains. Now the contract has been signed and we bring you details on the first call-off: eight 9-car Viaggio ‘day trains’ and thirteen 7-car Viaggio night trains.

The first call-off [edit] worth EUR 375 million for these 21 locomotive-hauled trains is part of a frame contract [edit] for up to 700 coaches, valued at over EUR 1.5 billion. These will all be in service in 2022. The ÖBB can extend the contract beyond 2023 if desired.

Eight low-floor day trains – branded as RailJet

Impression: ÖBB / PriestmannGoode

The day trains will enter service as ‘Railjet’, the brand name ÖBB already uses for its modern (international) Intercity fleet. The new low floor cars will feature extra wide doors. The standard 9-car composition will have 520 seats, 1st and 2nd class combined.

In terms of interior design, improvements include the use of the so-called “pod areas”, which will be available to families and business travelers looking for additional privacy. Interesting: Double seats can be transformed into sofas easily.

All seats will feature a power socket and an USB port – The standard seats in 1st and 2nd class of a new design with adjustable footrests.

13 new Nightjet trains

Impression: ÖBB / PriestmannGoode
  • Capacity: 100 seats + 160 couchettes
  • Configuration: seven cars, including 2 seat cars, 3 couchettes and 2 sleeping cars

More privacy in couchette cars will be offered with “mini-suites”. The standard and deluxe sleeping car compartments will include dedicated showers and toilets. The new Nghtjets will have Wi-Fi.

Production start in April 2019

All car types are equipped to accommodate passengers with reduced mobility. The new Viaggio loco-hauled trains will be operated in combination with ÖBB’s existing fleet of Taurus locomotives. The coaches will be manufactured at the Siemens factory in Vienna starting from April 2019.

Impression: ÖBB / PriestmannGoode

“With the new trains for day and night service, ÖBB is systematically continuing its efforts to further enhance passenger comfort. With the additional trains for the Nightjet, we’ll be underlining our leading role in overnight travel in Europe,” Andreas Matthä, CEO of ÖBB-Holding AG.

For international services

Siemens states that the train compositions are flexible so they still can be adjusted to special needs. There will be driving trailers, but it is not clear if these will be part of both the day and night trains. Initially, ÖBB wants to operate the new trains in Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, but it will be possible to equip the cars for services in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia too.