Wengen Switzerland - On Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014, the first of six new three-section Panorama Trains was inaugurated at Wengen station.
The renewal of the WAB rolling stock is part of the overall V-Bahn project.
In total, six three-section Panorama Trains were ordered from Stadler AG for CHF42 million.
The first was delivered in September 2014.
After trial and startup journeys from early October to mid-November, the acceptance by the Federal Office of Transport (FOT), and driver training, the new Panorama Train officially launched in Wengen on Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014.
It has been in use from the beginning of the winter season 2014/2015 on the Lauterbrunnen-Kleine Scheidegg route.
The second Panorama Train was delivered on 24 Nov 2014 from the Stadler AG factory in order to go through all the necessary preparations for the technical and operational safety audit.
The other trains will be delivered next year.
By autumn 2015, the Lauterbrunnen-Kleine Scheidegg route will be ready.
The new rolling stock concept enhances travel comfort and creates an additional prerequisite for the use of a Wengen shuttle that is planned for the V-Bahn project.
Redesign with Modifications
The trains will be reproductions of the previous WAB Panorama Trains that have run on the Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg route for eight years.
They have slight modifications, such as the new passenger information displays, and the additional multifunctional compartments in the entrance area.
The new trains will be used in on the Lauterbrunnen-Kleine Scheidegg route.
They replace six rail cars, twelve control cars, and six ski trains, rolling stock from the 1950s that is currently in use.