Monday, August 20, 2012

Bombardier, in Italy, unveils new HSR design

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Bombardier Transportation Monday said Italian rail operator Trenitalia has unveiled a full scale mock-up of the of the Frecciarossa 1000 high speed train currently being built by Bombardier and consortium partner AnsaldoBreda.

The Frecciarossa 1000 is the newest member of Bombardier's ZEFIRO family of high speed trains, known as the V300ZEFIRO model. The unveiling took place in Rimini, Italy on Sunday, Aug. 19.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti,attended the event, along with Mauro Moretti, managind director of Ferrovie dello Stato (Italian Railways), Maurizio Manfellotto, managing director, AnsaldoBreda, and Roberto Tazzioli, chief country representative of Bombardier Transportation in Italy.

"In addition to its beautiful design, our new train is a game changer in the rail industry," Tazzioli said. "It offers not only very high speeds of up to 360 km/h [223 mph], but also cost-efficiency, a capacity of up to 600 passengers, reliability, safety, and durability. "

Bombardier says the new train "offers an unusually high acceleration that ensures excellent travelling times even on winding routes.

Bombardier and AnsaldoBreda won an order to deliver 50 trains to Trenitalia in September 2010. The first units are already in production and track tests will take place at the end of this year, Bombardier said.

After the Rimini exhibition, the Frecciarossa 1000 mock-up will travel to Berlin, to be displayed at InnoTrans, from Sept. 18-21.