FS Class ALe 801/940

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ALe 801 / ALe 940
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ALe 801/940 in the originary livery
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ALe 801/940 in the XMPR-livery
Manufacturer Breda, Stanga
Constructed 1975–1979
Entered service 1976-2016
Number built 65 ALe 801
65 ALe 940
130 Le 108
Formation 4 cars for trainset
ALe 801 + Le 108 + Le 108 + ALe 940
Fleet numbers ALe 801.001–065
ALe 940.001–065
Le 108.001–130
Capacity 80 seats (ALe 801)
94 seats (ALe 940)
108 seats (Le 108)
Operator(s) Trenitalia
Specifications
Car length 26,815 mm (87 ft 11 34 in) (ALe 801/940)
26,110 mm (85 ft 8 in) (Le 108)
Height 3,820 mm (150 in)
Wheel diameter 1,040 mm (41 in) (ALe 801/940)
940 mm (37 in) (Le 108)
Maximum speed 150 km/h (93 mph)
Weight 70 t (68.9 long tons; 77.2 short tons) (ALe 801/940)
41 t (40.4 long tons; 45.2 short tons) (Le 108)
Traction system electric
Electric system(s) 3 kV DC, overhead line
Current collection method Pantograph
UIC classification Bo′Bo′ (ALe 801/940)
2′2′ (Le 108)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The ALe 801/940 are a serie of EMUs built in the 1970s for the Italian state railways FS, and now used by the railway company Trenitalia.

Description[edit]

The ALe 801/940 usually work as a 4 cars-complex, with two electric railcars (ALe 801 and ALe 940) and two wagons (Le 108) in the middle.

History[edit]

At the beginning of the 1970s, the Ferrovie dello Stato decided to improve the rolling stock for the commuter rail services.

As the chopper technology was at that time only at a prototype-state (with the so-called ″Treni GAI″), the FS decided to order a serie of EMUs with traditional electric equipment. The ALe 801/940 were ordered in 1973, as an evolution of the older ALe 803, with better capacity and acceleration.

The EMUs were delivered from 1975 to 1979 and put into service around the bigger cities of Italy.

Originally painted in a showy orange and yellow livery, that gave them the nickname of "Arancia Meccanica" (Italian title of the movie "A Clockwork Orange", at the end of the 1990s they received the new ″XMPR-livery″, based on green and blue tones.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Giovanni Cornolò, Automotrici elettriche dalle origini al 1983. Duegi Editrice, 2011 (reprint of 1985). P. 249–260.

External links[edit]

Media related to Category:FS ALe 801+ALe 940 at Wikimedia Commons