SBB-CFF-FFS RABDe 500
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The RABDe 500 (often nicknamed ICN for Intercity-Neigezug, German for Intercity Tilting Train, the train category for which these trains are used), is a Swiss passenger train which was introduced in 2000, in time for Expo.02 held in western Switzerland in 2002. Its maximum speed is 200 km/h (120 mph), which can be reached on the Mattstetten–Rothrist new line; however, as of 2011[update] the RABDe 500 is not currently used on this line, except on the branch to Solothurn; the ICN reaches 200 km/h though in the new Gotthard Base Tunnel. It was a joint development by Bombardier, Swiss Federal Railways and Alstom, with an aerodynamic body designed by Pininfarina. The design of the driver's cab was well as the electrical engineering was taken over from the SBB Re 460 locomotives. The transformers are located in the 2nd waggon (from the point and the end), the motors are in the first and last waggon.
Forty-four RABDe 500 trains with a total of 308 coaches were delivered to SBB-CFF-FFS between 1999 and 2005. The RABDe 500 often run with two complete compositions, each with seven carriages, both including a dining car (which is located between 1st and 2nd class). Four of the seven carriages are second class. All compartments have electric power supply sockets and mobile phone reception enhancers.
The introduction of the RABDe 500 was delayed by a lack of supplies from ADtranz. Nevertheless, its rolling stock was fully in use by the time for the Expo.
The RABDe 500 trains are operated by Swiss Federal Railways.
As of December 2009, the RABDe 500 provides ICN services on the following lines:
- Geneva Airport – Biel/Bienne – Zurich – St. Gallen
- Lausanne – Biel/Bienne – Zurich – St. Gallen
- Geneva Airport – Biel/Bienne – Delémont – Basel SBB
- Lausanne – Biel/Bienne – Delémont – Basel SBB
- Basel SBB – Lucerne – Gotthard – Lugano – Chiasso
- Zurich – Gotthard – Lugano – Chiasso
Train sets used for the Expo.02 national exposition in Switzerland carried a typewriter-font "permettre le futur" text on the outside of the train along with literary quotes from various prominent Swiss writers. In each train composition, a brief introduction of the featured writer was placed near the door.
The RABDe 500 is an electrical multiple unit - there is no locomotive in the classical sense. The motors as well as the transformers are located under the second class cars, which are the first and the last two cars in each trainset. The first class cars and the restaurant car are spared the electrical noises from the asynchronous motors.
The RABDe 500 can operate at up to 200 km/h when under ETCS level 2 supervision, and 160 km/h if the line is equipped with conventional signalling. The train was not primarily designed for speed, as there are stilly (2017) very few routes where 200 km/h can be reached. The SBB company thus ordered the trains to reach higher speeds on the curve-rich line between Olten and Lausanne/Geneva, thanks to its tilting mechanism.
|Mark||Operator||Seats||Length [mm]||Tare Weight [t]||No of units||Max conti power [MW]||Tilting||Body width [cm]||Body material||Max speed [km/h]||Launched|
|RABDe 500||SBB||431||188.800||355||7||6.2 ||yes||---||light alloy||200 km/h||2001|
|AVE S-102||Renfe||318||200.000||322||12(excl loco)||8,8||yes||294,2 cm||light alloy (coach)||330||2002|
|ICE 1||DB||645||357.920||779,8||12 (excl loco)||9,6||no||302 cm||light alloy (coach)||280||1991|
|ICE 3||DB||415||200.320||409||8||8,0||no||295 cm||light alloy||300||2000|
|Thalys||SNCF||377||200.000||385||10 (excl loco)||8,8||no||---||---||300||1997|
|500 Series||JR||1.324||404.000||632||16||18,24||no||338||light alloy||300||1997|
All forty-four RABDe 500 trains are named after famous Swiss scholars, artists, writers, politicians, engineers, and architects. Each RABDe 500 bears the portrait of its namesake, painted by Bernese painter Martin Fivian, in the first class coach No 3; in addition, plaques with short biographical information can be found at every entrance.
List of names:
- "SBB: Long-distance traffic - InterCity tilting train (ICN) - Lines with ICN services". Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "ICN Portraits (in German, French, and Italian)" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to SBB RABDe 500.|
- SBB: Long-distance traffic - InterCity tilting train (ICN) sbb.com
- Bombardier Transportation AG - ICN Tilting Train bombardier-transportation.ch
- Alstom - Delivery of second series of Swiss intercity tilting trains - alstom.com