December 19, 2015 in Catania, Sicily, witnessed an official handing over ceremony of Vulcano trains manufactured by Newag S.A. for Ferrovia Circumetnea (FCE) under the executive contract signed in December 2013. The ceremony was attended by representatives of Newag S.A. led by President Zbigniew Konieczek as well as representatives of Italian authorities headed by Virginio Di Giambattista, Director General for Local Transport of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Alessandro Di Graziano, FCE Director General, Davide Farina, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Palermo, and numerous representatives of municipal and regional authorities. The handing over ceremony coincided with the celebrations of 120th anniversary of founding FCE.
“I am very happy to be participating in this event which is the culmination of two year cooperation between Newag and Ferrovia Circumetnea. The contact we signed with FCE marked the beginning of Newag’s presence in the Italian market, which, I hope, will be developing,” said Zbigniew Konieczek, NEWAG’s CEO. “We congratulate FCE on its 120th anniversary and wish them a lot of success. I would like to add that the Vulcano project was a combination of over 100 year experience of both the Italian Carrier and of the Polish manufacturer because Newag is going to celebrate its 140th anniversary in 2016.”
Virginio Di Giambattista emphasized: “These are comfortable modern trains. They will be servicing the route which was the beginning of the historic railway line Ferrovia Circumetnea.”
Vulcano DMUs are narrow gauge diesel multiple units manufactured to operate on the route around Etna volcano in Sicily. These are modern, two-unit trains on which special ‘powerpack’ power-transmission systems were mounted together with a specially designed electric transmission. Advanced technological solutions implemented in the driving and gear systems and in the support of the train body have resulted in enhanced sound insulation of the passenger’s compartment in accordance with strict requirements of the Contracting Authority.
Vulcano trains offer enhanced travel comfort to both passengers and train drivers. They are fully air-conditioned and adapted to transporting passengers with reduced mobility. One section is fitted with a retention-tank toilet adapted to the needs of the disabled (in compliance with TSI PRM) and the external door area is fitted with special movable ramps for wheelchairs. Driver’s cabs equipped with ergonomic control panels and modern equipment have enhanced driver’s working conditions.
Vulcano DMUs guarantee the highest safety standards because they were designed in accordance with standards concerning collision safety and crashworthiness (PIII according to EN 12663 and EN 15227+A1 C-III). The train interior is made with materials satisfying fire resistance requirements of EN45545 standard and the vehicle itself is equipped with an active fire detection and fire-fighting system.
Thanks to the configuration of the passenger compartment, the train can be operating on both urban and suburban lines. Easily-modified seat layout allows for optimizing passenger capacity. The seating capacity is 106 including 7 fold-up seats, and it may be changed depending on the carrier’s needs.
To ensure passenger safety, the DMUs have been equipped with a monitoring system. Other features include a passenger counting system, the GPS system, a modern passenger information system as well as an intercom enabling communication between the drivers and passengers.
Vulcano DMUs travel with a speed of 100 km/h and are adjusted to operate in multiple traction.
Under the executive contract, signed in December 2013, NEWAG S.A. is going to supply four DMUs for a net price of EUR 14 760 000.00. Under the framework agreement, FCE may order additional six trains in the future.
Vulcano DMUs are not the only Newag-manufactured trains which will be operating in Italy. In December this year, NEWAG S.A. signed a framework agreement and an executive contract with FERROVIE DEL SUD EST E SERVIZI AUTOMOBILISTICI s.r.l.- “FSE”, with registered office in Bari, Italy, to deliver five (with an additional option for 20) three-unit electric multiple units (EMUs) from IMPULS II family. These will be the first ever EMUs produced by a Polish rail vehicle manufacturer which will be operating in Western Europe.