The first Vulcano train produced by NEWAG S.A. for Italian rail passenger operator Ferrovia Circumetnea (FCE) set off for its inaugural ride from Catania Borgo railway station. The four Vulcano trains have been produced under a EUR 14.7 million contract signed in December 2013. The first train was approved for passenger traffic having successfully covered 3000km in test rides. Vulcano trains will operate on Catania –Riposto route.
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.
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.