|Manufacturer||AnsaldoBreda (since 2015 Hitachi Rail Italy)
|Built at||Pistoia ( Hitachi Rail Italy ); Vado Ligure ( Bombardier Italy )|
|Constructed||2013 - 2017|
|Number built||50 ( May 2017 )|
|Formation||4M4T ; 1 Executive car, 1 Business car, 1 Business car with a Bar-Bistro, 1 Premium car, 4 Standard cars.|
|Capacity||457 ( Executive 10, Business 69, Premium 76, Standard 300 + 2 wheelchair )|
|Line(s) served||Torino-Milano-Bologna-Firenze-Roma-Napoli-Salerno-(Potenza-Taranto); Venezia-Padova-Bologna-Firenze-Roma-Napoli-Salerno|
|Car body construction||Aluminum alloy|
|Train length||202 m (662 ft 8 3⁄4 in)|
|Width||2,924 mm (9 ft 7 1⁄8 in)|
|Height||4,080 mm (13 ft 4 5⁄8 in)|
|Floor height||1,240 mm (48.8 in)|
|Wheel diameter||920 mm (36.2 in) (new)|
|Maximum speed||300 km/h (190 mph) (operational, current)
360 km/h (220 mph) (operational, future)
400 km/h (250 mph) (design)
|Weight||500 t (490 long tons; 550 short tons)|
|Axle load||17 t (17 long tons; 19 short tons)|
|Traction system||Water-cooled IGBT Converters and Asynchronous AC Traction Motors|
|Power output||9,800 kW (13,100 hp)|
|Tractive effort||370 kN (83,000 lbf)|
|Acceleration||0.7 m/s2 (2.5 km/(h⋅s); 2.3 ft/s2)|
|Deceleration||1.2 m/s2 (4.3 km/(h⋅s); 3.9 ft/s2)|
|Electric system(s)||25 kV 50 Hz, 15 kV 16.7 Hz (installed, but not active), 3 kV DC, 1.5 kV DC Overhead Catenary|
|Current collection method||Pantograph|
|UIC classification||Bo′Bo′+2′2′+Bo′Bo′+2′2′ +2′2′+Bo′Bo′+2′2′+Bo′Bo′|
|Braking system(s)||Regenerative, Dynamic, Electro-Pneumatic|
|Safety system(s)||ERTMS, ETCS|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Sources: NB quoted specifications are for unbuilt model (August 2012)|
The Frecciarossa 1000, also known as the ETR 1000 (Trenitalia classification) is a high-speed train operated by Italian state railway operator Trenitalia. It was co-developed as a joint venture between Italian rail manufacturer AnsaldoBreda (now Hitachi Rail Italy) and multinational conglomerate Bombardier Transportation; both design and production work was divided between the two partner companies.
Design work began on the train in 2008, during which considerable design work was performed by Bertone. It was heavily based on existing products, including Bombardier's Zefiro and AnsaldoBreda's V250 trains. The design was modified in order to conform with the requirements of a Trenitalia tender. In 2010, the ETR 1000 was selected and a total of 50 trainsets were ordered to meet Trenitalia's needs. Upon the public unveiling of the first example of the type, it was hailed as being the fastest train to reach series production in Europe at that time.
History and design
During the mid 2000s, Italian state railway operator Ferrovie dello Stato became increasingly interested in the acquisition of a new very-high-speed train for its Eurostar Alta Velocità Frecciarossa (Eurostar high speed Red Arrow) services along the Turin-Milan-Florence-Rome-Naples corridor. Having become aware of this interest, Italian rail manufacturer AnsaldoBreda and multinational conglomerate Bombardier Transportation decided to partner up to produce a suitable train in 2008. It was decided to centralise design work by the joint venture at a single location, working out of an office at Bombardier’s manufacturing plant at Hennigsdorf.
The emergent design was a 200 meter-long eight car non-articulated single decker train with distributed traction, capable of reaching a maximum speed of 350km/h (217mph); it was heavily based on elements of Bombardier's Zefiro and AnsaldoBreda's V250 existing train designs. The train's design includes an active suspension system. According to rail industry publication Rail Engineer, Bombardier personnel were responsible for conducting the concept and detailed design phases of development, as well as for the provision of propulsion equipment and bogies, homologation efforts, testing, and the commissioning of the first five trains. Meanwhile, AnsaldoBreda developed the train's industrial design, including body, interior, signalling and other systems, in addition to performing the final assembly and commissioning of series production trains. As such, both parties were involved in detail design and engineering activity.
Accordingly, the vehicle, formally designated as the Zefiro 300, was submitted by the joint venture as a response to Ferrovie dello Stato's tender for 50 new high-speed trainsets. Initial specifications were for a train meeting European high-speed technical standards, with a design commercial speed of 360 km/h (220 mph), initially operated at 300 km/h (190 mph), and to be tested to 400 km/h (250 mph). Other requirements included the train being suitable for a condition-based maintenance programme, while it was capable of being operated across seven different European countries, specifically the railway systems of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland.
The maximum speed specified by the tender exceeded that of the initial design, thus the design team was reassembled by AnsaldoBreda's Pistoia facility for a period of six months to revise the design to comply with the requirements outlaid. Reportedly, the new top speed required a detailed reexamination of the design of various elements of the train, including the bogies, power and control systems and pantograph. While the train was to only fitted with ERTMS Level 2 and the legacy Italian signalling system, passive provisions also had to be found for a number of other signalling systems that had been listed in the requirement.
Selection and delivery
During August 2010, it was announced that Trenitalia had awarded the contract to the Bombardier/Ansaldo joint venture, and that the first example was set to come into revenue service during 2013. The bid was determined to have been less expensive at €30.8m per train than the €35m per train cost given by the other bidder, French manufacturer Alstom; the contract value was €1.54bn of which Bombardier's share was €654m. The joint venture moved into the detailed design phase immediately following news of the selection.
During August 2012, a full-scale mock up of the train was unveiled at Rimini. By this point, it has received its official service designation, the 'Frecciarossa 1000'. On 26 March 2013, the first trainset was unveiled during a public ceremony at the Ansaldo-Breda facilities in Pistoia; this train was formally named Pietro Mennea, in memory of the Italian world record holder of the 200 metres track sprint event from 1979 to 1996, who had died five days earlier.
The train underwent extensive testing in order to be certified to operate on the Italian high-speed rail network at 360 km/h (220 mph). During August 2013, testing commenced on the Genoa-Savona line, before being transferred to conducting night time runs hled between Milan and Bologna. On 25 April 2015, it was announced that the testing phase of development had been successfully completed; to mark the occasion, a special inaugural service featuring various high-profile guests, including the president of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, was performed between Milan and Rome.
During June 2015, commercial services using the type commenced, having officially entered service for Expo 2015. According to Bombardier, following the first three months of service, Trenitalia had reported back to them that they had experienced the easiest introduction of a new train into service in their history with the type, and that it had attained all of its reliability targets.
The number of services performed by the type have gradually expanded as further examples have been delivered from the assembly line; as of September 2016, a total of 36 trains were in revenue service. At one point, trains were reportedly leaving the factory at the rate of two per week. On 26 February 2016, on the High Speed Line Torino-Milano, Frecciarossa 1000 n. 3 reportedly attained a peak speed of 393.8 km/h.
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