The first Venture trainset manufactured by Siemens Mobility for Via Rail has been delivered and will perform the needed tests to soon enter passenger service. It is expected that the train will start operation at the beginning of 2022.
Under a EUR 650 million contract signed in December 2018, Siemens Mobility will design and build the next generation of trainsets for the Canadian state-owned intercity transport operator. The contract covers the delivery of 32 bi-directional trainsets and includes a 15-year service agreement.
The new trains will enter operation on the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor, company’s busiest rail route, linking Toronto and Montreal. Connecting these two Canada’s largest cities, the corridor has a length of more than 2,200 km on a northeast-southwest axis.
The Venture trainset has more comfortable seats and is equipped with modern climate control system, a digital passenger information system as well as Wi-Fi connection.
In addition to using energy-efficient LED lighting, the new bi-directional fleet will reduce turnaround time and operating time with engines running.
The intercity train is powered by Charger locomotives, one of the most fuel-efficient diesel-electric locomotives available on the rolling stock market. The new engine meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 emission standards, reducing particulate matter and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 85-95%.
The passenger cars come with a high level of comfort, air-suspension, state of the art interior design, a full range of modern passenger amenities, the latest in food service equipment and will feature Enhanced Universal Accessibility, offering multiple accommodations for wheelchairs and other mobility devices. The new trains will provide a barrier-free, fully accessible travel experience for the passengers with disabilities and are fitted with wheelchair lifts in every accessible car, mobility assistance spaces, large fully accessible washrooms and Braille and raised signage.
A content of more than 20 per cent of supplies and service is used to manufacture the trainsets at Siemens Mobility’s Sacramento rolling stock plant.