The Blues train is equipped with a new generation of hybrid technology. The train can run with diesel engines on non-electrified lines, with pantographs on electrified lines, and with batteries to run the last mile on non-electrified lines or when stopping at stations, avoiding the use of fuel. Switching off engines when arriving, parking and leaving stations reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 50% compared to existing diesel trains, and also helps to reduce noise levels. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to the Global Railway Review.


The Blues train offers passengers a high level of comfort. It is equipped with an innovative air conditioning system that allows you to optimize consumption depending on the actual number of passengers on board, USB and 220V sockets for more convenient connection. It also has large windows, bike areas and large luggage capacity. The trains have a maximum speed of 160 km/h with an acceleration of 1.10 m/s2 and can accommodate up to 300 people in a four-car train.

The first train crossed the border on a new route between Ukraine and Romania

The Blues train has been designed with environmental solutions in mind:
– high level of suitability of materials for recycling (95%);
– use of raw materials obtained as a result of secondary processing;
– on-board technologies that minimize energy consumption, such as internal and external LED lighting systems;
– intelligent air conditioning system;
– use of Smart Parking.

“Our goal is to deliver innovations that translate both into higher quality travel for passengers and benefits for the environment, and ultimately delivering value to our customers. Regional transport is crucial in the decarbonisation process, so we are aware of our role in achieving this important milestone which brings benefits to the world. We hope that with the Blues train, starting today in Sicily and soon in other Italian regions, we can significantly mark the transition from individual to mass mobility, which is greener and safer.” – reported Hitachi Rail company.

Blues’ overall framework agreement with Trenitalia includes the supply of up to 135 trains worth €1.2 billion.

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