Our Expert subscribers got the news first: Bombardier will be delivering 7 Talent 3 multi-system EMUs to Strutture Trasporto Alto Adige / Südtiroler Transportstrukturen (STA) from the Italian Autonomous Province of Bolzano – Alto Adige / Bozen – Südtirol. Today, the exterior design of the trains was officially revealed during an official press conference in Bolzano:
Officials from the Italian autonomous province, STA, and railway vehicle manufacturer Bombardier Transportation celebrated the launch of the long-term sustainable mobility plan for Italy’s most northern region.
In the center of attention: the design of the seven Talent 3 multisystem EMUs ordered for cross-border services between Italy and Austria. The order has an estimated value of EUR 64.1 million, 3.7 of which have already been secured from the State Fund for Development and Cohesion. It is part of a framework contract including options for up to 32 trains of the type, as well as fleet maintenance services for up to 30 years.
“The new trains meet all the needs of future passengers. They have modern equipment, they are accessible for everyone, they have space for sports equipment, and they will operate with the power systems here and beyond the Brenner pass. This is another important step towards more attractive local public transport in South Tyrol.” – Martin Ausserdorfer, President of STA
According to Daniel Alfreider, Vice President and Regional Minister of Mobility and Infrastructures for the Autonomous region, the connections with the new trains, from Venosta to Trento, Innsbruck, and Lienz, is a concrete sign of international cooperation. Mr. Alfreider also added that the project marks a significant milestone in the plan for long-term sustainable and high-quality alpine mobility for the entire European region. Helping people to take the train instead of the car is a key goal for both public and international transport in the six.
Curious fact: Austria’s ÖBB has also ordered six such trainsets for use in the South Tyrol region, also for cross-border traffic to Italy.
The Talent 3 for STA
The new Talent 3 trains will be equipped with modern passenger information systems and air-conditioning. There will be ample space for wheelchairs, as well as designated areas for luggage, prams, bicycles and winter sports equipment. 3G and 4G internet reception, as well as in-seat power sockets, will be available.
- Maximum speed: 160 km/h;
- Supported power systems: 15kV AC, 25kV AC and 3kV DC;
- Capacity: 300 seats;
- ETCS-enabled: yes.
At Railcolor, we pay extra attention to design. This is why we wanted to highlight the new livery of the EMUs. The colors are taken from the corporate identity of South Tyrol’s marketing platform for tourism. You may know these from the FLIRT trains that are operated in the same region. However, instead of grey/silver, green will now be the most dominant color.
A milestone for Bombardier in Italy
Last but not least, the order represents an important milestone for Bombardier, as this is the first time the company will be delivering regional trains to Italy. According to the company, its portfolio for the Italian market included high-speed trains, trams, passenger and freight locomotives, airport people mover, as well as signaling systems and service and maintenance solutions.
And now, let’s have a look at Bombardier’s video impression of the trains (interior views included):