Ferrovie.info has published a video of the Mercitalia FAST high speed freight train. The designated ‘ETR 500 M 01’ is a high speed train rebuilt for use as fast freight transporter. The video displays, for the first time, the interior of the unit and how Mercitalia plans to load and unload it. Enjoy:
Mercitalia launched the FAST project in April this year. The service is now set to start in November (this was October), connecting Caserta and Bologna (around ~600 km) with a travel time of 3 hours and 20 minutes and an average speed of 180 km/h.
With the 14-car train (2 power cars + 12 coaches) Mercitalia wants to transport time sensitive products, which are loaded/unloaded using 1m3 roll containers (70x80x180cm).