Front End System EC250, Switzerland

Front End System EC250, Switzerland

Experiencing the Gotthard base tunnel at high speed: The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has ordered 29 eleven-car trains from Stadler Rail. They will be operated as comfortable passenger trains crossing the alps. At first, railway service will be realized between Zurich and Milan, in a later stage an extension to Frankfurt is planned. When passing the Gotthard base tunnel in winter, spontaneous differences in temperature of up to 50°C are possible.

The EC250, also known as "Giruno" (Buzzard) in Switzerland, is an advanced development of the FLIRT concept, reaching a maximum speed of 250 km/h. Furthermore it has been adapted to the specific safety requirements for passing tunnels. The front hatch kinematics - patented by Voith - ensure safe and reliable operation of the front hatches, taking into account the additional energy absorption elements integrated into the train front.

Components supplied by Voith:

  • GFRP driver’s cabin
  • Front nose module including front hatches
  • Front hatch kinematics
  • Coupler and front hatch control unit
  • Type 10 automatic coupler
  • Adapter coupler type 10/ UIC draw hook


Voith Turbo GmbH & Co KG
Gottfried-Linke-Straße 205
38239 Salzgitter, Germany

Tel. +49 5341 21-02