Italy Unveils New High-Speed Train

More good news from Italy's high-speed rail system: In response to the new Italo trains, national rail operator Trenitalia has unveiled a full scale mock-up of the of the Frecciarossa 1000 high speed train currently being built by rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and its consortium partner AnsaldoBreda. The Frecciarossa 1000 is the newest member of Bombardier’s ZEFIRO family of high speed trains, known as the V300ZEFIRO model.

According to Roberto Tazzioli, Chief Country Representative of Bombardier Transportation in Italy, the new train can travel at speeds up to 223 miles per hour and can hold up to 600 passengers. “The ZEFIRO family also sets a new benchmark for sustainable mobility by offering the lowest energy consumption per seat of any very high speed train in the world today,” Tazzioli added.

The new train also offers an unusually high acceleration that maintains quick travel times even on winding routes. In September 2010 Bombardier and AnsaldoBreda won an order to deliver 50 trains. The first units are already in production and track tests will take place at the end of 2012.

After the Rimini exhibition, the Frecciarossa 1000 mock-up will travel to Berlin, Germany, to be displayed at the world’s largest rail trade show, InnoTrans, from September 18 to 21.