Vulcano DMU begins operation in Sicily
26 May 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, European Railway Review
NEWAG S.A has announced that its first Vulcano Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) for Italian operator FCE set off for its inaugural ride from Catania Borgo railway station in Sicily. The delivery forms part of contract signed in 2013 for the supply of four Vulcano DMUs totalling approximately €14.8million. The first train has now been approved for passenger traffic having successfully covered 3000km in test rides. The vehicles will initially operate during morning and afternoon rush hours calling at towns surrounding Mount Etna on the Catania – Riposto route.
Vulcano DMU can travel at speeds up to100 km/h
The vehicles, which can travel at speeds of 100 km/h, will feature air-conditioning and are fully accessible including, movable ramps for wheelchairs on external doors. In addition, the cab is equipped with ergonomic control panels to enhance the driver’s working conditions. Furthermore, the Vulcano has been installed with a monitoring system to ensure passenger safety.
Thanks to the configuration of the passenger compartment, the train, which has a seated capacity of 106, can operate on both urban and suburban lines. An easily-modified seat layout, including fold-up seats, allows for optimising passenger capacity.
Looking ahead, the framework agreement allows operator FCE to order an additional six trains from Polish manufacturer NEWAG.