Seven more Giruno trains heading to Switzerland. These trainsets will be supplied to Swiss Railways SBB by Stadler.

Seven more Giruno trains heading to Switzerland. These trainsets will be supplied to Swiss Railways SBB by Stadler.

Trains have to be able to run on the high-speed Deutsche Bahn network. Because SBB wants to extend its international lines to Germany from 2026 probably.

For this expansion of services, SBB trains must be able to run at a speed of 250 km/h on DB’s high-speed lines. SBB currently operates its services to Germany with the Astoro (ETR610) and the Eurocity compositions procured in the late 1980s. The Eurocity trains do not meet the speed requirements for the envisaged service concept and cannot be used for this purpose. The existing Astoro trains that are suitable for the high-speed network are already in use on other high-speed lines and are therefore not available. That is why SBB is ordering another seven Giruno trains from Stadler for around 250 million Swiss francs. These seven vehicles are part of the options right that SBB had published when the Giruno were put out to tender. The Eurocity compositions will continue to be used for national and other international connections. 

“We are proud to be delivering seven more of our high-speed trains to SBB. The Giruno is a fine example of Stadler’s innovative strength. The train is a result of the long-standing and successful cooperation between SBB and Stadler. Less than two years after signing the contract, we were able to present the multiple units to the public at Innotrans in 2016, and Giruno has already been operating reliably since 2019. We would like to thank SBB for their trust, and look forward to continuing our partnership,” says Peter Spuhler, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Group CEO a.i. of Stadler. 

The Giruno is Stadler’s SMILE high-speed train. The SMILE is an eleven-car electric multi-system multiple units with a length of 202 metres that can travel at speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour. In double traction, the Giruno offers passengers a total of 810 seats over a length of up to 400 metres. 

The existing 29 Giruno trains were ordered by SBB in 2014. Stadler delivered 29th Giruno on 10 May 2021. Trains already run from Basel/Zurich to Lugano/Milan and on to Genoa, Bologna, and Venice. 

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