|Founded||6 October 2011|
15 rue des Sablons
|Key people||Albert Alday|
|Services||Trans-national night trains|
|Owner(s)||Veolia Transdev, Trenitalia|
Since 11 December 2011, Thello operates night trains between Paris Gare de Lyon and Venezia Santa Lucia railway station. The trains stop at Dijon-Ville, Milano Centrale, Brescia, Verona Porta Nuova, Vicenza and Padova. From 9 December 2012, Thello restarted the service between Paris and Rome, previously operated as Artesia.
Thello trains have three classes:
- 6 berth couchette
- 4 berth couchette
- 1-3 berth sleeping compartments
Initially the carriages are leased by Trenitalia while the locomotive is leased from Akiem by SNCF Geodis. The locomotives used are three-system SNCF Class BB 36000 electric locos uprated from 160 km/h to 200 km/h operation.
The sleeping-cars are type MU, a design originally created for the Wagons-Lits Company, built 1964-1974 but refurbished by Trenitalia in the mid-2000s when LED lighting & corridor CCTV were fitted and carpets removed. Each sleeping-car has 12 compartments with washbasin, each usable as single, double or triple. Couchette cars are of various types and can be used as 4 berth or 6-berth.
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