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RABe 515 – Double-decker train “MUTZ”

The biggest train in the BLS fleet is getting some even bigger siblings

The MUTZ (German acronym for Modern, Universal Multiple Unit Train), which has been reliably operating on the lines of the Bern S-Bahn since 2012, is about to have company: BLS long-distance traffic Ltd has ordered eight train units, five of which are in an extended, six-part version. Regardless of their length or their owner, the MUTZ vehicles offer plenty of space and comfort in the seating areas, as well as comfortable standing areas. MUTZ trains are equipped with air conditioning and floor and wall heating systems. They also boast modern visual and acoustic passenger information systems, video surveillance systems, two toilets (one of which is wheelchair-accessible) and wheelchair spaces in both first and second-class carriages. Good acceleration and speeds of up to 160 km/h ensure attractive travelling times and great timetable reliability.

Details on the 4-section rail vehicle Technical data, features, train names

General information Low-floor double-decker multiple unit train RABe 515 (MUTZ)

  • 34 Quantity
  • 001–034 Numbers
  • BLS AG Owner Nr. 001–031
  • BLS Fernverkehr AG Owner Nr. 032–034
  • 2012–2017 Put into service Nr. 001–031
  • 2019/2020 Put into service Nr. 032–033

Technical data

  • 102.6 m Length
  • 216 t Weight
  • 4,000 kW Power output
  • 160 km/h Maximum speed

Seating

  • 61 Seats (first class)
  • 274 Seats (second class)
  • Folding seats (second class)
  • 110 Standing room (second class) No circulation areas, 3 people per m2
  • 1 Wheelchair spaces (first class)
  • 2 Wheelchair spaces (second class)
  • 6 Bicycle spaces

Features

  • Yes Low-floor entrance All entrances equipped with sliding steps
  • Yes Air conditioning
  • Yes Heating
  • Yes Passenger information on the train visual
  • Yes Passenger information in the train visual and acoustic
  • 2 WC 1 is wheelchair-accessible
  • 1 Baby changing facilities in WC
  • Yes Video surveillance
  • Yes Power sockets for electronic devices (first class)
  • No Power sockets for electronic devices (second class)
  • Carpet Flooring (first class)
  • Rubber Flooring (second class)
  • Yes Rubbish bin at seats
  • Yes Newspaper collection box

Given names

  • No. 001 – “Stadt Bern” Aebimatt workshop in Bern, 4/9/2012
  • No. 003 – “Düdingen” Railshow, 25/11/2012
  • No. 004 – “Ville de Neuchâtel” InnoTrans Berlin, 19/9/2012
  • No. 006 – “Köniz” Railway station celebration in Köniz and Schwarzenburg, 30/5/2015
  • No. 008 – “SCB-Mutz” Bern Brünnen Westside, 30.06.2018
  • No. 009 – “Muri bei Bern” Opening of the new BLS Travel Centre in Gümligen, 17/7/2014
  • No. 012 – “Lyss” Opening of the Lyss Grien stop, 27/11/2013
  • No. 013 – “Fribourg/Freiburg” Opening of the Fribourg/Freiburg Poya stop, 3/12/2014
  • No. 014 – “Interlaken” Opening of the station Interlaken West, 22/06/2019
  • No. 018 – “Langenthal” Mobility Day, 17/9/2016
  • No. 020 – “Schwarzenburg” Railway station celebration in Köniz and Schwarzenburg, 30/5/2015

Details on the 6-section rail vehicle Technical data, features, train names

General information Low-floor double-decker multiple unit train RABe 515 (MUTZ)

  • 5 Quantity
  • 035–039 Numbers
  • BLS Fernverkehr AG Owner
  • 2020 Put into service

Technical data

  • 102.6 m Length
  • 301 t (Tara) Weight
  • 4,000 kW Power output
  • 160 km/h Maximum speed

Seating

  • 122 Seats (first class)
  • 424 Seats (second class)
  • Folding seats (second class)
  • 894 Standing room (second class) No circulation areas, 4 people per m2
  • 2 Wheelchair spaces (first class)
  • 2 Wheelchair spaces (second class)
  • 16 Bicycle spaces

Features

  • Yes Low-floor entrance All entrances equipped with sliding steps
  • Yes Air conditioning
  • Yes Heating
  • Yes Passenger information on the train visual
  • Yes Passenger information in the train visual and acoustic
  • 2 WC 1 is wheelchair-accessible
  • 1 Baby changing facilities in WC
  • Yes Video surveillance
  • Yes Power sockets for electronic devices (first + second class)
  • Carpet Flooring (first class)
  • Rubber Flooring (second class)
  • Yes Rubbish bin at seats
  • Yes Newspaper collection box
  • Yes Newspaper collection box für das Arbeiten mit Laptop

Current use daily on the following lines

In operation since 2012, this fast-accelerating double-decker train is used on S-Bahn and IR lines. The wide doors facilitate speedy boarding and exiting, which is especially advantageous during peak travel periods.
  • S1 Fribourg/Freiburg – Bern – Münsingen – Thun
  • S3 Biel/Bienne – Bern – Belp
  • S31 (Biel/Bienne – ) Münchenbuchsee – Bern – Belp
  • S6 Bern – Schwarzenburg
  • IR17 Bern–Olten
  • IR65 Biel/Bienne–Bern

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