The first electric train of the ETR 470 Pendolino series, equipped with a curved tilt system and designed for a speed of up to 200 km / h, arrived in Greece from Italy, where it underwent corrective repairs and modernization at the Alstom plant in Savigliano.
The train was equipped with traction equipment for operation from an alternating current with a voltage of 25 kV and a frequency of 50 Hz, as well as a European train control system ETCS level 1. During the modernization, the train was also equipped with a new passenger information system and a Wi-Fi network.
In 2020, TrainOSE, the operator of passenger transport on the Greek railways, signed two contracts with Alstom, which provide for the modernization of five such trains and a depot for their service in the city of Thessaloniki. Trains will run on the country’s first high-speed route Athens – Thessaloniki.
The ETR 470 series dual-system trains were built by Fiat Ferroviaria (now part of Alstom) in the 1990s and were used for international traffic between Italy and Switzerland.
Following the acquisition of TrainOSE by Italian Railways (FS Group) in 2017, it was decided to use these trains in Greece, where a similar train, the ETR 485 Pendolino series, was previously tested in 2018.(ZDM)