ÖBB gains double-decker trains


Author: Mankirat Kaur

Austrian rail operator ÖBB has placed an order for 35 double-decker trains from Stadler.

The deal, which is worth approximately €600 million, includes 14 six-car trains for long-distance services and 21 four-car KISS trains for local transport that are expected to deployed and scheduled for service as early as 2026.

The new six-car Railjet double-decker train – designed to reach speeds of 200km/h – will seat around 480 passengers, a near-20% increase in space over the existing fleet and will feature what the operators says are, ‘modern interiors with advanced passenger information systems such as monitors with real-time information, automatic air conditioning and free Wi-Fi’.

Additional design cues include catering to customers that have strollers thanks to a low-floor entrance and optimised multi-purpose areas that can used for placing items like luggage and bicycles. Such storage units will be located in the entry and exit areas. For passengers with reduced mobility, the intermediate car of the sets also has its own specially dedicated area for wheelchair spaces with height-adjustable side wall tables.