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Railjet train
Railjet train at Guntramsdorf (February 2014)
Manufacturer Siemens[1]
Built at manufacturer: Siemens (Maribor, Slovenia)[2]
assembly: Siemens and ÖBB Technische Services (Simmering, Austria)[2]
Constructed 2006-2016[1]
Number under construction 9 For OBB Expected last delivery in Dec. 2016[1]
Number built 58 (increase to 67 in 2016)

ÖBB: 316 (economy) + 76 (first) + 16 (premium)[1]

ČD: 394 (economy) + 42 (first) + 6 (premium)
Operator(s) ÖBB (60 units)
České dráhy (7 units)
Train length 204.78m[1] (185.5m without locomotive[3])
Car length driving trailer 26.850m[4]
intermediate cars 26.500m[4]
Maximum speed 230 km/h (140 mph)[1]
Weight driving trailer 50.9t[4]
intermediate cars 47t[4]
Power output 6.4MW[1]
Electric system(s) 15kV 16.7Hz or 25kV 50Hz[1][note 1]
UIC classification Bo'Bo' 2'2' 2'2' 2'2' 2'2' 2'2' 2'2' 2'2'
Safety system(s) Switzerland : Integra, ETCS[1]
Hungary : EVM 120[note 2][1]

The Railjet is a high-speed train of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Czech Railways (ČD), which was introduced with the timetable change of 2008-2009 and operates at speeds of up to 230 km/h (143 mph). The railjet is the premier service of the ÖBB and operates both domestically within Austria and on international services to adjacent major cities of Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Czech Republic and from December 2016 Italy.


Rather than choosing electric multiple units (EMUs) such as ICE 3 or Shinkansen, ÖBB opted for locomotive-hauled push-pull high-speed trains, which could be hauled by its existing fleet of Taurus high-speed Siemens EuroSprinter electric locomotives.[5][note 3] On 9 February 2006, 9 months after receiving sealed bids, the board of directors of the Austrian Federal Railways awarded Siemens a contract to build 23 sets of 7-coach trains, with the Siemens design viewed to be the best as well as the least expensive.[6][7] In September 2007 Siemens received an additional order for 44 more Railjet trains from the Austrian Federal Railways.[8] The total value of the order was €798 million for 469 passenger carriages.[9]

In September 2011 Siemens agreed the sale of sixteen Railjet trainsets to the Czech Railways (České Dráhy); the sets should have been originally built for an uncompleted order for ÖBB,[10] CD's trainsets were to be hauled by Škoda's ČD Class 380 electric locomotives.[11] In 2012 Czech Railways cancelled the order.[12] A reduced order of seven viaggio comfort trainsets was agreed in August 2012.[13]

In June 2014 OBB took up an option for a remaining 9 railjets from Siemens, planned to be used on the Westbahn route between Wien and Salzburg and will also be equipped to operate in Italy.[14]

Introduction and operations[edit]

Railjet routes (2015)

The first unit was produced on 15 September 2008, and put on display at Graz, then Innotrans in late September and then at Salzburger Verkehrstage on 15 October.[15] The first railjet trains began test runs in late 2008.[15][16]

Commercial services started on 14 December 2008 between Munich, Vienna and Budapest,[15][17] gradually replacing the former EuroCity connection until September 2009. Since 2011 trains run to Frankfurt (Main) and Wiesbaden on weekends. Following the completion of the track improvement works on the Westbahn, running at speeds between 200–230 km/h (120–140 mph) from 2012, the journey time between Salzburg and Vienna is now about 2hr20min.[18] Since December 2014, trains serve the new Wien Hauptbahnhof, passing Wien Mediling and the Lainz Tunnel since 2015.

In December 2009 service started between Vienna via Innsbruck to Zürich and Bregenz.[19] Following the completion of the track improvement works on the Westbahn in December 2012, the journey time between Vienna and Innsbruck is now about 4hr15min. From Wien Hauptbahnhof trains also serve Vienna Airport.

From 2011 onwards, Railjet trains also run on the Southern Railway line from Vienna to Graz and Klagenfurt/Villach. Since 2013 trains also serve Lienz in East Tyrol. On 15 June 2014, České dráhy inaugurated a Railjet connection from Wiener Neustadt to Prague. From December 2014 onwards, trains run from Graz via Vienna and Brno to Praha hlavní nádraží. In December 2017, train services will connect Vienna with Venezia Santa Lucia via Villach Hauptbahnhof and Udine. Services to Ljubljana and/or Zagreb and for an increased service between Vienna and Bregenz/Zürich via Salzburg and Innsbruck were also planned from the end of 2010 onwards.[19][20]


ÖBB Railjet in Prague

A Railjet train set consists of seven individual coaches that are permanently coupled with airtight interconnections,[citation needed] but with buffer and hook couplings on the outer ends of the set of coaches suitable for buffer and chain screw coupling[21] Two complete train sets with two locomotives can be run as a pair giving a train of fourteen carriages.[22] The coach furthest from the locomotive acts as a control car. The number of carriages per train can be extended up to ten in a single train unit.[23]

The industrial design company Spirit Design was contracted to provide an exterior and interior design,[24] three colour schemes were presented and the livery to be used was decided by poll conducted by the Austrian tabloid Kronen Zeitung.[25] In 2009 the railjet design was given a Red Dot award.[26][27]

Passenger accommodation[edit]

Railjet trains have three levels of service; economy, first and business classes.[28]

Business class has the highest level of service, containing premium seating for 16 passengers located in the front part of the control car at the opposite end of the train to the locomotive.[28] The seating plan is in an 'open compartments' style,[5][note 4] and intended to be a considerable improvement over previous first class accommodation. A galley separates the business and first class compartments.[28]

First class seating occupies the remainder of the control car, the second coach and half of the third coach which also contains spaces and facilities for wheel chair users. 76 seats are provided in [2+1] formation. The remainder of the third coach contains the restaurant which provides an at seat service.[28] The remaining four coaches provide 316 economy class seats in [2+2] formation,[28] the fourth coach also contains an area for families and children.[29]

From the thirty eighth set of trains onwards the galley is replaced with a seated restaurant area.[30]

Passenger vehicles' construction[edit]

The bodies of the vehicles are constructed from ribbed, cold-rolled steel, with the driving trailer deriving its forward end shape from the Taurus locomotives.[21]

The passenger cars are equipped with electropneumatic disc brakes (3 per axle in SF400 bogies[31]), as well as electromagnetic track brakes (eddy current brakes), and a parking brake. The driving trailer also has a manually operated brake using the disc brakes.[32] Primary bogie suspension is by coil spring, and secondary suspension is pneumatic.[31] The driving trailers are designated 'Afmpz', the premium and business class vehicle 'Ampz', the 'bistro' or restaurant car 'ARbmpz' and the economy class cars 'Bmpz'.[33]

The intermediate passenger wagon bodyshells of the first units were manufactured by Siemens in Maribor, Slovenia. Final assembly takes place at the rail works at Simmering, Vienna; the first three trains were assembled by Siemens, the remainder by ÖBB Technische Services.[note 5] The driving trailers are manufactured by ÖBB Infrastruktur Bau[dubious ][note 6]under subcontract to Siemens.[2]

Siemens is the main contractor for the vehicles and markets the coach design as Viaggio Comfort.[38] Brake equipment is supplied by Knorr-Bremse, air-conditioning by Liebherr, and doors, carriage connections, toilets and seats are manufactured by other subcontractors.[2]


See also: EuroSprinter
Class 1216 in ČD livery at Brno

The Railjet vehicles are designed to be propelled in push-pull mode by standard electric locomotives, specifically the Siemens ES64U2 and ES64U4 (ÖBB Class 1116 and 1216 Taurus) already owned by the Austrian Federal Railways, but can also be hauled by any other electric or diesel locomotives.[3]

The first twenty three ÖBB Class 1116 locomotives used in Railjet service were given a number of modifications: a third pantograph and the relevant train safety systems for operating outside Austria (Hungary, Switzerland and the Czech Republic) and a silver-colored side skirt below the floor level, giving a more streamlined appearance. A second set of twenty locomotives were equipped only for work in Austria and Germany and did not receive the side panels or extra systems for international working.[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As per standard locomotive haulage of ÖBB 1116 (Taurus) locomotives.
  2. ^ Elektronikus Vonatmegállító (EVM), see also Elektronikus Vonatmegállító (Hungarian language)
  3. ^ Classes 1016, 1116 and 1216[6] of Eurosprinter type ES 64 U, however railjet service will only be carried out by the multisystem version locomotive classes 1116 and 1216[2]
  4. ^ Similar to a Corridor coach layout, but open plan and doorless
  5. ^ Rail vehicle assembly, maintenance, modernisation and repair company, as of 2010 owned by ÖBB and Rail Cargo Austria.[34][35]
  6. ^ Since 2009 named ÖBB Infrastruktur AG[36][37]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j André Werske, railjet-Hochgeschwindigkeitszug in Österreich, section: "Technische Daten des railjet"
  2. ^ a b c d e Stefan Wehinger, railjet to take off next year, section: "Construction"
  3. ^ a b Marl; Pettauer, Projekt railjet, section: Technische Eckdaten p.7
  4. ^ a b c d Stefan Wehinger, railjet to take off next year, section: Table I. Main data for railjet rolling stock Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "tab1" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ a b Stefan Wehinger, railjet to take off next year, section: "Push-pull formation"
  6. ^ a b "Siemens wins Railjet order". www.railwaygazette.com. Railway Gazette International. 1 March 2006. 
  7. ^ Marl, Pettauer, railjet, Slide 7
  8. ^ "Austria orders 44 more Railjet trains". www.railwaygazette.com. Railway Gazette International. 5 October 2007. 
  9. ^ ÖBB railjet : Eine neue Fahrzeuggeneration für die ÖB, Slide 5
  10. ^ "Czech Railways order 16 Railjets from ÖBB master agreement with Siemens", www.siemens.com, Siemens, 30 September 2011 
  11. ^ "CD closes Railjet deal", www.railwaygazette.com, Railway Gazette International, 3 October 2011 
  12. ^ Robert Mueller; Jens Hack (27 April 2012), "Czech Railways backs off $265 mln Siemens train buy (UPDATE 1)", www.reuters.com, retrieved 8 May 2012 
  13. ^ "Czech Railways finally takes over Railjet train order", www.railwaygazette.com, 23 August 2012 
  14. ^ Reidinger, Erwin (18 June 2014), ÖBB to order more Railjets 
  15. ^ a b c Marl; Pettauer, Projekt railjet, section: "Status" p.17
  16. ^ "Raijet on test". www.railwaygazette.com. Railway Gazette International. 1 September 2008. 
  17. ^ Szécsey István, Bemutatjuk az ÖBB RailJet nagysebességű vonatát (2. rész), Summary, p.11
  18. ^ Stefan Wehinger, railjet to take off next year, section: "Acceleration on the Westbahn"
  19. ^ a b High performance lines in Austria, Status quo and perspectives, Slide 10, p.5
  20. ^ Marl, Pettauer, ÖBB RailJet, Area of Deployment 2010-2014, p.2
  21. ^ a b ÖBB railjet : Eine neue Fahrzeuggeneration für die ÖB, Slide 8
  22. ^ André Werske, railjet-Hochgeschwindigkeitszug in Österreich, section: "Ausschreibung"
  23. ^ Marl, Pettauer, railjet, Slide 4
  24. ^ "Design of railjet comes from Spirit Design". www.spiritdesign.at. 
  25. ^ a b "ÖBB 1016/1116: Railjet". www.railcolor.net. 
  26. ^ "Automobile, Transport und Caravans". red-dot.org (in German). 
  27. ^ "Internationaler "Good Design" Award an Spirit Design für ÖBB railjet". www.perspektive-mittelstand.de (Press release) (in German). 
  28. ^ a b c d e Marl, Pettauer, railjet, Slides 10-16
  29. ^ "Procurement & Operation Of ÖBB railjet, Concerning Aspects Of Energy Efficiency" (PDF). www.energy-efficiency-days.org. ÖBB Personenverkehr. The railjet configuration, Slide 4. 
  30. ^ "Railjet: Nun doch mit Speisewagen". www.fahrgast-kaerten.at (in German). 9 November 2010. 
  31. ^ a b Marl, Pettauer, railjet, Slides 29-33
  32. ^ Szécsey István, Bemutatjuk az ÖBB RailJet nagysebességű vonatát (2. rész), section: 2.12 to 2.12.6
  33. ^ ÖBB railjet : Eine neue Fahrzeuggeneration für die ÖB, Slide 10
  34. ^ "ÖBB-Technische Services GmbH". www.railcargo.at. 
  35. ^ "ÖBB-Technische Services GmbH". www.ts.oebb.at. 
  36. ^ "ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG". investing.businessweek.com. Bloomberg. 
  37. ^ "ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG". www.oebb.at. 
  38. ^ ÖBB railjet : Eine neue Fahrzeuggeneration für die ÖB, Slide 2


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