Frecciarossa 1000 high speed train makes inaugural journey
27 April 2015 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
Frecciarossa 1000 high speed train has made its maiden journey from Milan to Rome and it due to begin commercial service in June 2015.
The new high-speed train, manufactured by Bombardier in partnership with AnsaldoBreda, was launched by Italian transport operator Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and attended by Sergio Mattarella, President of Italian Republic together with Graziano Del Rio, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Dario Franceschini, Minister of Culture and Tourism.
Lutz Bertling, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation, said, “Bombardier has become a strong dedicated long-term partner to the Italian market, we are very proud to have been part of this ambitious project. We value our partnership with Ferrovie dello Stato and thank them for allowing us to play such a key role in the evolution of Italian technological excellence.”
The Frecciarossa 1000 or V300ZEFIRO is the newest member of the BOMBARDIER ZEFIRO family of high-speed trains. The train is reported to have a top speed of 360 km/h making it the fastest train in Europe – journey times will be dramatically reduced even on winding routes. The train will also be interoperable, meaning passengers can cross European borders without changing trains. It also has the capacity to be adapted for use in non-European countries.
The train has been manufactured in Italy by Bombardier who was responsible for leading the project management, mechanical and engineering product development. The design of the train was developed in conjunction with Bombardier Aerospace, enhancing its streamlined shape for speed.
Bombardier has also been awarded a ten-year maintenance contract to maintain Trenitalia’s fleet of 50 V300ZEFIRO/Frecciarossa 1000 high-speed trains. This will be carried out in association with Bombardier’s consortium partner AnsaldoBreda.