Orion Testfahrt im Mattertal 2023


The latest multi-unit rail coaches

Our new multi-unit rail coaches will replace the veteran locomotives, and the passenger coaches that they have pulled, for our regional transport. The first new trains were delivered in autumn 2022 and are now being thoroughly tested.

From the end of 2023, all twelve multiple-unit trains should be in regular service. In a second stage, the acquisition of further 25 ORION is planned by 2028. The investment volume is over 400 million Swiss francs.

The stages of the ORION project

November 2023: Contract signing, 2nd stage
June 2023: Roll-In
September 2022: The arrival of the first ORION
June 2022: hand-over of the keys
March 2020: Contract signing, 1nd stage

Facts and figures about the ORION

  • Type designation: ABeh 8/12

  • Numbering: 301 - 312

  • Seating capacity per train: 24 1st class / 122 2nd class / Total 146

  • Maximum speed adhesion 120 km/h

  • Maximum speed rack uphill 35 km/h

  • Total weight tare: 114t

  • Gross total weight: 139t

  • Length over coupling: 56,6 meters

Energy efficient and future oriented

In addition to the use of lightweight materials throughout, the ORIONs are typified by the latest energy-efficient drive components, energy optimization in slumbering mode, and low energy consumption due to oil-free dry-type transformers.

Customer-friendly and flexible

Our brand-new trains named "ORION" (Optimaler Regionalzug Im Oeffentlichen Nahverkehr - Optimal Regional Train in Local Public Transport) are characterized by their exceptional customer-friendliness and their wide-ranging flexibility. Wheelchair users, families with baby carriages and senior citizens all benefit equally from the continuous low-floor access with level entry and exit to the platforms. In addition, each car has a multifunctional compartment for stowing luggage and sports equipment. The new trains are also equipped with WLAN access.

In operation, the trains offer flexible deployment options. They can be used on the entire MGBahn network between Zermatt and Disentis and can also overcome the maximum gradient of 181‰ between Göschenen and Andermatt. The new multiple units can also operate in double or triple traction. They can thus accommodate up to 990 passengers and have up to 444 seats, 66 of which are in first class.

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