The first NightJets are due to start operating on routes from Austria and Germany to Italy next year.
At the Siemens plant in Vienna yesterday, the Austrian railways (ÖBB) first showed the interior of the new generation of Nightjet trains. The trains are constructed for 230 km/h. They should carry passengers for the first time by the end of summer 2023; all 33 should be in operation by the end of 2025.
One of the most important innovations is ÖBB’s mini-cabins with single-passenger modules to improve privacy. The trains are seven-car sets, two of which are passenger cars (a control car and a multifunctional car). Three are couchette cars (four-passenger compartments + mini cabins) and two are sleeper cars. All compartments in the sleeper car have their toilet and shower.
Next year, the first trains will be deployed on routes from Vienna and Munich to Rome, Venice, and Milan.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.