Rock and Pop trains make their inaugural trip

The first Trenitalia’s Rock and Pop trains met at Bologna station, after Hitachi train leaved Piacenza station and Alstom train leaved Rimini station, on June 14.
The Rock double deck-regional train, delivered ahead of schedule, is manufactured by Hitachi Rail under a EUR 3 billion contract to deliver Trenitalia 300 high capacity trains.
Rock marks a significant evolution of double deck high capacity trains circulating in Italy, especially in terms of reliability, energy savings and performance, with an acceleration that can be compared to a metro train. It is a new concept of commuter train with innovative technical features in terms of reliability and comfort of the internal spaces made brighter thanks to large windows.

The Rock train

Emilia Romagna is the first Italian Region that signed the framework agreement for the supply of 39 trains, followed by Veneto (47 trains), Liguria (28 trains), Tuscany (4 trains) and Lazio (17 trains) for a total amount of 135 already-ordered trains that are being realized in Hitachi Rail’s plants in Pistoia, Napoli and Reggio Calabria.
Manufactured by Alstom, Pop train is the newest Trenitalia single-deck EMU, delivered under a contract signed in 2016 for up to 150 trains, with an initial order for 27 three-car and 20 four-car trains.
The delivery of Pop and Rock trains will continue until 2020, providing passengers better performance and greater comfort. By the end of the summer, 40% of the trains will be delivered, by December 80% and in early months of 2020, all trains will be supplied, making Italy’s youngest rolling stock fleet which will be deployed on Emilia-Romagna network.

The Pop train

More than 40% of the trains will be on the tracks before the end of the summer, around 80% by December, 100% in the early months of 2020 and, together with the Vivalto and the ETR 350 entered service in the last three years, will complete the renewal of the Emilia-Romagna regional fleet which will become the “youngest” in Italy.
Both trains are up to 97% recyclable, with a 300% less energy consumption compared to previous generation trains.
According to the Industrial Plan, 600 new regional trains will be procured within the next 5 year, with a EUR 6 billion investment.

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