Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian railways showcase 'stunning' new Frecciarossa

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(By Alina Trabattoni).
Rome, April 19 - Ferrovie dello Stato, Italy's
state-owned railway company, this month presented its new
technological gem, the high-speed Frecciarossa 1000 train, to
President Giorgio Napolitano at a ceremony in Rome.
The top-end masterpiece was created by Italian train-maker
AnsaldoBreda in conjunction with France's Bombardier. It is now
touring Europe in a promotional roadshow that is slated to end
when operational tests will start.
The Frecciarossa 1000 was built as part of a wider 5
billion-euro investment plan aimed at modernizing the railroad
comapny's fleet, also though the investment of 1.5 billion euros
in the production of regional trains. It can reach speeds of as
high as 360 kilometres per hour.
The machine is billed as "the most stunning high-speed
train in the world" by its owner, Ferrovie dello Stato's
passenger transport unit Trenitalia. The model boasts a metallic
snake-like body that showcases flexibility and style. Its red
and grey colours travel up the aerodynamic body with elegance
and style, and its interiors showcase comfort and design.
"Frecciarossa 1000 is unique in the international scenario
owing to its technological innovations, technical performance,
interoperability, design, quality and safety", Ferrovie dello
Stato said in an emailed statement. It is "set to raise the
current technical, environmental, external and internal
aesthetic standards, while guaranteeing maximum performance and
travel comfort".
It was released from the AnsaldoBreda production plant on
March 26, and has since started its whirlwind promotional tour.
Ferrovie dello Stato has commissioned a total of 50 Frecciarossa
1000 models to embellish the tracks that criss-cross Italy.
The company currently has 60 ETR500 Frecciarossa trains
running the tracks across Italy, reaching speeds as high as 300
kilometres and bringing passengers swiftly and safely to
destination. It operates the ETR610 Frecciargento model - the
so-called "Silver Arrow" train - mainly used to connect up the
capital city of Rome with the prime time tourist destination of
Venice, through speeds of as high as 250kmh.
Prior to arriving in Rome for the presentation to the
Italian president, the technological gem was showcased to
admiring audiences in other cities such as Berlin, Naples,
Milan, Bologna and Rimini, where Italian caretaker Prime
Minister Mario Monti was present.
The 1.5-billion-euro project took three years to come to
fruition, after Ferrovie dello Stato held a public tender in
2010 for the works that was won by AnsaldoBreda and Bombardier.
The very first model was dedicated to Italian Olympic
Champion and politician Pietro Mennea, who recently died, and is
slated to start operational tests very soon.
It is forecast to start carrying passengers at the end of
2014 or in early 2015.
Trenitalia also has some 70 regional trains under
production as part of a separate project won by French
power-equipment and train maker Alstom.
AnsaldoBreda is owned by Finmeccanica, Italy's state-owned
defence company. Bombardier is the world's third-largest
planemaker, and also owns train producer Bombardier
Transportation.

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