Stadler and ÖBB present new rescue trains

21 May 2024 09:11

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Bussnang/St. Pölten - The rail vehicle manufacturing company Stadler is to deliver 18 new rescue trains to ÖBB. The trains, which are known as Servicejets and are designed to assist firefighting and rescue operations, are to be stationed at various tunnel portals.

Stadler, the rail vehicle manufacturing company based in Bussnang in the canton of Thurgau, has presented its new rescue train at the ÖBB training campus in St. Pölten in Austria. As detailed in a press release, the company from the St.GallenBodenseeArea is set to deliver 18 of these rescue trains to ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, which is part of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), the national railway company of Austria. These were developed and built at the company’s sites in Bussnang and St.Margrethen in the canton of St.Gallen. The trimodal trains can be operated by overhead lines, diesel generators or powerful traction batteries. Known by the name Servicejets, the trains are designed to assist firefighting and rescue operations for people stuck in damaged trains. The carriages, which offer uninterrupted access along the entire train, can accommodate up to 300 people, with smoke-proof doors and overpressure systems installed to protect the carriage interiors from toxic exhaust fumes. In total, 18 seats are equipped with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) brackets for firefighters, while both on-board and additional fire extinguishing units can be used to fight fires. A high-pressure system (100 bar) can be used for firefighting as well as for cooling tunnels by generating a fine spray mist.

“Our new Servicejets enable us to provide assistance even faster than before”, as Johann Pluy, Member of the Board of Management of ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, comments in the press release. He adds: “They provide more power in a larger operational area. The new concept also enables a reduction from 21 to 18 vehicles”.

“With the launch of the rescue train, we have put a highly innovative concept on the rails that meets ÖBB Infrastruktur’s specifications and satisfies all the customer’s quality and safety requirements. That’s why we will now take the next steps towards the mobility of the future together. Stadler has been commissioned by ÖBB to build long-distance trains from the KISS brand, as well as intercity and regional multiple units from the FLIRT”, explains Peter Spuhler, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stadler. ce/ww

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