Ultra modern trains
When it comes to High-Speed today you think of ultra modern trains of our days that allow super quick trips fostering the hectic pace typical of this century. Still talking about high speed, it also means going back in time. Italy holds in fact a record at European level: it was the first country to launch the construction of a high speed line.
It was June the 25 th, 1970 when it was placed the foundation stone of the “Direttissima” Rome - Florence near the river Paglia, where it would then been built the longest viaduct of the whole line.
In the last century, during the Second World War, the railway infrastructure suffered destruction and damage that put a strain on the system that, at the end of the war, called for immediate reconstruction.
In the early sixties, the country definitely aimed to transform its economy from agriculture to industry and the engineering industry set up the basis for a powerful economic development that would mark the coming years in the field of land transport.
Those were the years in which the process of “motorization of the Italian families” took life and Hitachi Rail has undoubtedly been a forerunner, a pioneer in the development of trains that provide high-speed services.
Below is an overview of the most representative og high-speed trains.
The Frecciarossa 1000 is born, the train built by Hitachi Rail in partnership with Bombardier on behalf of the Italian State Railways that, in 2014, will run at a maximum speed of 400 km/h and it is designed to operate on the European network. The new technological jewel, made in Italy, will completely revolutionize the rail transport.
It will be possible to go from Rome to Milan in just 2 hours and 20 minutes, thus improving the quality of the business of those who travel for work, but also the journey of those who travel for leisure, which can now have lunch in one of the two cities and conveniently return home for dinner.
The aerodynamic design and the state of the art solutions for energy saving, beyond ensuring unmatched operational efficiency, guarantee to the Frecciarossa 1000 more than a record: in addition to being the fastest train ever mass-produced in Europe, it will also have the best acceleration, it will be the quietest, the one with less vibrations and less environmental impact.
The reduced aerodynamic resistance, the result of simulations and studies conducted in the wind tunnel, will limit the energy consumption and the noise.
Find out more about the ETR 1000 here
The use of light alloys for vehicle carshells and for the furniture, beyond providing an optimal ratio mass/power, will allow at the end of the life of the vehicles the material recovery with reduced impact on the environment.