ÖBB orders rescue trains

The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Stadler signed a framework agreement for the supply of up to 20 new fire-fighting and rescue trains. ÖBB Infrastruktur has already placed an initial call-off order for the first five trains with a value of EUR 60 million.

The agreement involves the development, manufacture, delivery and approval of all the 20 ordered trains with a total value of EUR 240 million.

The first vehicles are scheduled to enter into service by mid-2024 at the latest. The vehicles are intended for interventions in the three new base tunnels of Koralm, Semmering and Brenner, and will replace ÖBB’s first generation of fire-fighting and rescue trains. They will be able to run on ÖBB’s entire route network.

The new rescue trains are designed as three-car vehicles and are approximately 66.5 metres long. They each consist of a railcar, a motorised low-floor control car and a water car that can carry up to 45,000 litres of water.

The water car will be accessible and provide up to 56 seats. A total of 300 seats and standing places will be available per train, for example for persons in need of rescue.

The trains will travel at speeds of up to 160 km/h and will be suitable for trimodal operation in electric, diesel-electric and battery modes.

“We are very pleased about this order and the cooperation with ÖBB. Our many years of experience with tailor-made vehicles involving a wide variety of drive concepts will help us to produce these technically demanding trains. This experience is a unique advantage for Stadler,” Ansgar Brockmeyer, Sales Manager at Stadler said.

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