[AT] ÖBB and Siemens present: The new Nightjet interior! [video]

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The summer of 2023 will introduce the new generation of night trains – Siemens Viaggio Comfort Next Level coaches that will enter service as Nightjet for ÖBB. Today, the manufacturer and the Austrian operator officially presented the final interior of the ‘Liegewagen’ (couchette) and ‘Schlafwagen’ (sleeper) cars. A video walkthrough comes at the end of the article.

The Austrian government and incumbent rail operator ÖBB are investing over EUR 700 million in 33 new night trains for operation across Europe. More and more people travel by sleeper train between European cities, and ÖBB decided several years ago it wanted to be the frontrunner in rebuilding the European network of night trains. This has resulted in a unique project – Europe has not seen new rolling stock for this type of train for a long time, but Siemens is doing it now.

The next generation Nightjet brings the latest technological solutions to night trains: extra light bogies with a top speed of 230 km/h and special windows that reflect light but let telephone signals through, to name a few.

Eventually, each new Nightjet train will be a fixed seven-car consist, including a driving trailer with a Vectron cab and a multifunctional car with a low floor section. The new trains are dearly needed, for many connections one has to book way in advance to secure a spot (or bed). Therefore, the arrival of the new Nightjets will not result in the withdrawal of older rolling stock. ÖBB will redeploy the existing fleet to extend its offering even further.

Siemens stated that this new product comes as a result of a well-balanced mix of comfort, price, reliability, and modularity. This is extra important for future deployment in different countries. European countries are relatively small, and interoperability is key. The German railway vehicle manufacturer mentioned the Netherlands and Switzerland as important countries for the new trains, although it s in the end up to ÖBB to decide.

Below you see one of the two Nightjet rakes that are being used for authorization tests:

Nighjet test train pushed by ÖBB 1016 013 near Kappeln on 21.07.2022 © Dominik Pauli

But most importantly, the interiors of the Liegewagen and the Schlafwagen were presented today. Together we can walk through the new interiors of four types of compartments:

Liegewagen / couchette car

Classic four-person compartments

Couchette car compartment with 4 beds © ÖBB

Mini cabins: one-person sleeping pods with extra privacy

Couchette car corridor © ÖBB

 

Schlafwagen / Sleeper car

Sleeping car corridor © ÖBB

Comfort cabins: your own bedroom with two berths, a seated area, and a wash basin, and a toilet.

Sleeping car Comfort compartment © ÖBB

Comfort Plus cabins: similar but with extra space, with your own bathroom, including a wash basin, a toilet and a shower

Sleeping car Comfort Plus compartment © ÖBB
Comfort Plus compartment: WC and shower © ÖBB

The official walkthrough video

© ÖBB

New Raijet/Nightjet orders overview: