Stadler has won a contract to supply eight electric multiple units for the Centovalli railway (also known as the Valle Vigezzo railway in Italy) that connects Domodossola in Italy with Locarno in Switzerland.
The new electric trains will replace the existing rolling stock on the line starting in 2023. The contract is worth in the region of 94 million CHF (86.6 million euros). The customer – Ferrovie Autolinee regionali Ticinesi SA – is a new one for Stadler. It is the third order Stadler has received from Ticino in the past two years.
Rendering of Stadler’s EMU for the Centovalli railway
The 52km Centovalli railway is a metre-gauge line. This is the first time Stadler is building new narrow-gauge multiple units for regional and cross-border rail services in the canton of Ticino, running into Italy’s Piedmont region. The order comprises 4 four-car units (63m) which will run between Locarno and Domodossola and 4 three-car units (49m) that will provide regional transport services in the Centovalli.
The four-car units will have a capacity of 343 passengers (141 seated), the three-car units 264 passengers (106 seated). The trains will have spaces reserved for wheelchair users, bicycles and prams. The vehicle bodies will be made of aluminium.