Stadler and Swiss transport company, Rhaetian Railway (RhB), presented the new Capricorn EMU, that can be operated as separable multiple units, which has never been possible before in Graubünden.
The possibility to operate the new train as separable multiple units is what sets it apart. The different parts of the train can be divided into sections in transit. The two partial trains then continue to different destinations. When travelling back in the opposite direction, the two parts are coupled together again to continue their journey. This will allow the half-hourly cycle on the single-track line between Landquart and Klosters to be completed without costly line extensions. The «Capricorns» are equipped with automatic coupling to ensure smooth operation of the separable multiple units.
The RhB plans to deploy the first new four-car trains on the Landquart–Davos–Filisur line from late autumn 2019.
It is expected that 2021 will see the launch of the separable multiple units on the Landquart–Klosters–Davos/St. Moritz route. The trains will also be used in the Surselva and Unterschnitt areas.
The four-car trains have seats for 164 passengers, including 35 in first class, with large multifunctional compartments. Power outlets are available for travellers to use in all compartments. The vehicles are equipped with passenger information system, with special spaces for bicycles, skis and other sports equipment, as well as pushchairs and luggage.
Another special feature is the transmission of the view from the front camera to the driver’s cab. The fact that windows can be opened in all compartments of the new Capricorn will further enhance the experience of travelling through Graubünden.
The trains run at a maximum operating speed of 120 km/h and are also designed for people with reduced mobility. Three of the four cars have a low-floor entrance. The trains include a disabled toilet, wheelchair spaces and tactile signage for the visually impaired. A fire-fighting system ensures safe travel.
Under a CHF 361 million (EUR 318.6 million) contract signed in 2016, Stadler will deliver RhB a total of 36 four-car EMUs. The 36 Capricorn EMUs will make a major contribution to the modernisation of the existing RhB fleet and will enable the rail operator from the Grisons to make a significant leap forward in terms of productivity.