Train manufacturer Stadler has won an eight-year contract from Italy’s Ente Autonomo Volturno (EAV) to supply 40 electric trains for the Circumvesuviana network around Naples, with the first call-off being for 23 vehicles. These will be used to progressively replace the oldest vehicles currently in use on the network.
With a track gauge of 950mm, the Circumvesuviana system is powered by an overhead electrical supply. The 146km network is operated as six lines and has 96 stations, including ones at the historic sites of Herculaneum (Ercolano Scavi) and Pompeii (Pompei Scavi – Villa dei Misteri).
The new framework agreement include provision for full-service maintenance of the trains for a period of five years after their commissioning.
The new three-car electric trains will be made of aluminium and designed to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle and significantly reduce energy consumption. With an overall length of around 40 metres, each train will have five doors on either side and wide gangways, to allow for quick and easy boarding and alighting.