Even more quality of life and environment protection: Five more DesiroML trains for GySEV on track

 - In total, 13 trains DesiroML from Siemens Mobility in operation                     - GySEV now operating one of the most modern fleets for local and regional transport in Europe                                                                                                     - Even more quality of life and environment protection for the commuters of the Burgenland state  

Even more quality of life and environment protection in Burgenland for the 150th anniversary of GySEV: on Monday, 2nd May, the “Győr-Sopron-Ebenfurti Railway” (GySEV) puts five more modern Desiro ML trains from Siemens Mobility into operation for their passengers. The trains offer a particularly high level of travel comfort – thanks to an efficient air conditioning, accessibility, seats with tables, sockets for charging mobile phones or laptops, and many other amenities. It has never been so comfortable before to travel and to exploit the time sensibly for working, reading, dozing, chatting or simply looking out the window. The new trains will be used in northern Burgenland and in the greater metropolitan area of Vienna, extending up to Bratislava (Slovakia). 


The five new trains were ordered in January 2021 and have been delivered on time by Siemens Mobility now. This way GySEV operates one of the most modern regional train fleets in Europe now. The state of Burgenland has assumed liability for the vehicles to support and allow for the purchase. 


Hana Dellemann, Deputy CEO, GySEV: “The support of our clients, the Ministry of Climate Action and Energy BMK and the state of Burgenland, enables us to improve the GySEV Railway for our passengers continuously. Our modern fleet has attracted many people to use the trains in recent months and has generated a very satisfying and strong increase in passenger numbers. With the five additional trains, we are ready for even more and even happier passengers: whoever boards the GySEV trains, protects the environment, relieves their own wallet, and at the same time gains the quality of life.” 


Arnulf Wolfram, CEO Siemens Mobility Austria: “Innovative, modern and reliable trains are essential components of a future-oriented and more sustainable lifestyle. Our Desiro ML trains combine a particularly high level of passenger satisfaction with benefits of the cost efficiency for the railway operator. In this way, rail can make an important contribution to curbing climate change.”  


Heinrich Dorner, Transport counsellor of the State Burgenland: “With the further improvement and modernization of its train fleet, the GySEV Railway is providing important impetus in the area of the environmentally-friendly mobility. The commuters of Burgenland benefit from a large number of trainsets that can be operated, and from an improved offer of trains on our routes. This will make the railway even more attractive; and there are much more incentives to leave your car at home and switch to the environmentally-friendly train.” 


The new 75 m long trains reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h. With 8 engines each, they achieve a total output of 3,500 hp. For the cross-border operations, the trains are equipped with two types of power systems. Due to the low-friction resistance against the rail, these vehicles move in a particularly climate-friendly manner. Braking energy is also used and recovered back into the overhead lines. With energy meters, data on the power consumption and the power recovery are transmitted to the control centre at 15-minute intervals. Each train  weighs 150 tons and can carry a maximum of 500 passengers and 12 bicycles. All the Desiro ML trains (denoted as GySEV Ventus) can be upgraded to battery hybrid technology, which allows for their usage on non-electrified routes as well. Thanks to their modular design, they can be extended by an additional intermediate car as well.  


Each yellow-green Ventus is composed from three cars, and has 12 boarding doors and 38 windows. There are 224 seats on board, as well as 26 folding tables, 2 toilets, and even a changing table has found its place here. To achieve a high level of comfort for passengers, 180 LED reading lamps and 88 sockets were installed. The train is equipped with CO2 sensors, which measure constantly the saturation level of the passenger compartment and automatically regulate the circulating air as well as the supply and exhaust air. This not only ensures further energy savings, but also ensures the optimal oxygen content. To allow for a stable room temperature, 5 modern air conditioning units are used in each train. Permanent data transmission is enabled by 6 SIM cards in the train, which are used not only for the continuous transmission of technical parameters and any error messages from the vehicle to the GySEV fleet management, and offer free Wi-Fi Internet access for the passengers in Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. Free newspapers and magazines are available for the commuters as well.