Knorr-Bremse to equip La Dolce Vita trains

La Dolce Vita trainsArsenale Express awarded Knorr-Bremse a “double-digit million-euro” contract to equip two Orient Express La Dolce Vita trains comprising 11 cars to be used for luxurious, “slow travel” journeys to many of Italy’s most iconic regions and beauty spots.

Starting in the third quarter of 2023, Knorr-Bremse will supply state-of-the-art braking technology as well as entrance, climate control and sanitary systems, enabling a safe, sustainable and comfortable travel experience.

“In the luxury rail segment, tradition and modernity are coming together in a unique way. Knorr-Bremse is helping to achieve this by providing a range of top-quality, environmentally friendly technologies,” Harald Schneider, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems said.

To travel north to south down Italy, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, the Orient Express La Dolce Vita trains will be thoroughly modernised by Arsenale Express and are due to enter service in mid-2024.

The climate control systems will use intelligent technology to optimally distribute cooling power to passenger areas. The systems will use carbon dioxide as a sustainable refrigerant and will be able to regulate each car’s temperature and ventilation manually or automatically.

The compact sanitary systems are designed to be exceptionally eco-friendly and low-maintenance thanks to a closed water circuit and early fault detection. Customised entrance systems will highlight the unique experience of traveling aboard La Dolce Vita trains. Among other things, they will contribute to maximising space and increasing passenger flow in the magnificent lounge car.

“We’re proud that Arsenale Express has identified Knorr-Bremse as a trusted partner for this project, which truly exemplifies the excellence of Made in Italy. We’re looking forward to supporting passengers with our various system solutions as they enjoy a unique and exclusive travel experience to a broad range of iconic destinations across Italy,” Simone Mantero, Managing Director of Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems Italy, said.


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