The Rhaetian Railway (RhB) and Stadler today celebrated the roll-out of the new Capricorn for Switzerland’s largest canton in the company of around 120 guests from business and politics. The multiple unit was presented to the public for the first time. These trains can be operated as separable multiple units, which has never been possible before in Graubünden. This will allow the half-hourly cycle on single-track routes to be completed without costly line extensions. Stadler is building a total of 36 four-car trains for the RhB. It is the largest purchase of new rolling stock in the history of the RhB.
Dr. Renato Fasciati, Director of RhB, and Dr. Thomas Ahlburg, Group CEO of Stadler, together presented the «Capricorn» to the public for the first time today. Around 120 guests from business and politics watched the spectacular entrance of the new multiple unit live in Altenrhein. The two CEOs ceremonially cut the red ribbon on descending from the new train. The roll-out is one of the most important milestones in the creation of a rail vehicle featuring highly-complex technology. It is usual in the industry to duly celebrate reaching this stage in the process.
The RhB placed an order worth 361 million Swiss francs with Stadler for the electric low-floor multiple units at the end of June 2016. For the RhB it is the largest procurement of rolling stock in its history. The 36 Capricorns 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.
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. To reflect the future area of operation of the new trains, the event was held very much in a Grisons atmosphere. The guests enjoyed tasty Grisons specialities as comedian Claudio Zuccolini led them through the programme.