The new long-distance double-deck train.

The “LD double-decker”, SBB’s new long-distance double-deck train, has been operating with passengers since 26 February 2018.

The new long-distance train, manufactured by Bombardier, has up to 1,300 seats and will therefore provide greater capacity on very busy routes. The train has a bright and spacious interior, with power sockets next to every seat in both first and second
class, wheelchair-accessible compartments and toilets, WCs with baby-changing facilities, and designated spaces for prams and bikes spread throughout the train. The Intercity model also has a family coach and a dining car. The pressure-resistant coaches reduce the unpleasant sensation of pressure in the ears when travelling through tunnels or passing trains travelling in the opposite direction at high speed.

The new trains also feature technology enabling them to travel round curves faster in future, which will also result in shorter journey times. Latest-generation energy-efficient engines ensure that the multiple units can accelerate fast, but relatively economically.

The train is operating as an Interregio service on the route between Zurich main station and Bern and/or as a RegioExpress service on the route between Zurich main station and Chur. The plan is to introduce the new trains in stages, at a later point in time, to the St. Gallen–Bern–Geneva-Airport route and other InterCity lines too.

Over the coming years, SBB will be investing around 1 billion Swiss francs annually in new and modernised trains.

The 2D detailed map of Switzerland shows the operation routes for the new long-distance double-deck trains. Once they are delivered, the new, modern LD double-deckers will operate mainly on the east-west corridor: St. Gallen – Zurich main station – Olten – Bern – Lausanne – Geneva. Additional operation routes include Basel SBB – Zurich main station, St. Gallen – Chur, Zurich – Chur, Lucerne – Zurich and Basel – Olten – Bern – Interlaken Ost/Brig.
Image legend: Planned LD double-decker routes once all units have been delivered.

Different models of the trains have been ordered.

SBB has ordered three different models of the new vehicles. These can operate coupled together, allowing SBB to respond flexibly to passenger numbers. The result is a ten percent or so increase in the number of seats available at peak times compared with the longest double-deck compositions currently available. The trains can be separated again at off-peak times to prevent trains running empty unnecessarily and to save on both energy and costs.

The trains have different layouts, which are tailored to our customers’ needs.

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