In the summer of 2022, Railcolor News reported that the first Stadler ORION EMU for the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway had been handed over. Since then, we haven’t been able to bring you any updates on the project, until now.
This article was first published on 08.03.2023 and updated on 31.05.2023 and 12.06.2023 (pictures added).
Jonathan Grandjean caught a brand-new ORION set out for delivery on the famous Bietschtal viaduct, hauled by Stadler Rail RBDe 567 173:
Tests of the new EMUs are in full swing and are expected to enter service soon. Bruno Jurášek (Check out his Instagram) caught two new Orion units on tests near Niederwald (CH) on 05.05.2023:
On 06.06.2023 Stadler conducted a test run to Disentis/Mustér and afterwards on the RhB tracks toward Untervaz-Trimmis. The unit on tests was ABeh 8/12 301 and thanks to Gunther Lange, we are updating the article with some beautiful pictures of it:
Services start later in 2023
MGBahn placed an order for 27 “Optimaler Regionalzug Im Oeffentlichen Nahverkehr” or ORION sets back in 2020. The first units are scheduled to enter service in May of 2023. Read more about these trains in the article below: