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RABe 528 – «MIKA»

The future has begun

The first MIKAs (modern, innovative, compact all-round train) of the "RegioExpress" (RE) type were put into operation in 2021. The 105-metre-long, single-decker train is equipped with comfortable seats, spacious multifunctional zones, large panoramic windows, window panes for improved mobile phone reception, power sockets at practically every seat and a bistro zone with snack and coffee vending machines.

The MIKAs of type RE travel from Berne via Neuchâtel to La Chaux-de-Fonds, and from Berne via Thun-Spiez-Kandersteg to Domodossola and from Spiez to Zweisimmen. In future, the MIKA type RE will run from Berne as the RegioExpress through Emmental and Entlebuch to Lucerne and from Biel via Delémont to Basel. MIKAs with more space will be used for S-Bahn operations. In future, these will run on the S2, S4 and S6 lines of the Bern S-Bahn and on the S6 and S7 lines of the Lucerne S-Bahn.

Information about the RE model Technical data, features, train names

General information RABe 528 (MIKA)

  • 30 Quantity
  • 101–130 Numbers
  • BLS AG Owner Nr. 101–124
  • BLS Fernverkehr AG Owner Nr. 125–130
  • 2021–2023 Put into service

Technical data

  • 104,9 m Length
  • 182 t Weight
  • 3,500 kW Power output
  • 160 km/h Maximum speed

Seating

  • 46 Seats (first class)
  • 198 Seats (second class)
  • 31 Folding seats (second class)
  • 149 Standing room (second class) No circulation areas, 3 people per m2
  • 1 Wheelchair spaces (first class) without access to toilet
  • 2 Wheelchair spaces (second class) with access to toilet
  • 12 Bicycle spaces

Features

Comfortable

  • Yes Low-floor access gap-bridging for every external door
  • Yes Air conditioning
  • Yes Large panoramic windows
  • Yes Self-service refreshment area
  • 2 WC 1 is wheelchair-accessible
  • yes Baby changing facilities in WC
  • Yes Power sockets for electronic devices (first class) pro Sitzplatz
  • yes Power sockets for electronic devices (second class) per seat
  • Yes Plug sockets in multi-functional compartment
  • Yes Good mobile reception thanks to non-signal-blocking window panes
  • Carpet Flooring (first class)
  • Rubber Flooring (second class)

Informed

  • Yes Passenger information on the train visual
  • Yes Passenger information in the train visual and acoustic
  • Yes Network maps distributed throughout multiple-unit train
  • Yes Infotainment news, weather, events, adverts

Safe

  • Yes Video surveillance
  • Yes Fire alarm and fire-fighting system
  • Yes SOS buttons at every exit and in every closed compartment
  • ja Acoustic and visual alerts before doors close

Clean

  • Yes Rubbish bin at seats
  • Yes Dirt traps at all exits
  • Yes Newspaper collection box at each exit

Given names

  • No. 111 – “La Chaux-de-Fonds” Reopening of the Neuchâtel–La Chaux-de-Fonds line, 11.11.2021
  • No. 114 – “Frutigen” Frutigen railway station, 175 years of Swiss Railways Frutigen, 03.09.2022
  • No. 117 – «Brig-Glis» Brig railway station, Railway festival «MIKA on the Simplon», 04.04.2024
  • No. 118 – «Comune di Varzo / Regione Piemonte» Varzo railway station, Railway festival «MIKA on the Simplon», 04.04.2024
  • No. 119 – «Città di Domodossola / Regione Piemonte» Domodossola railway station, Railway festival «MIKA on the Simplon», 04.04.2024
  • No. 122 – “Erlenbach im Simmental” Erlenbach im Simmental railway station, inauguration of conversion and railway festival, 19.08.2023
  • No. 123 – “Frutigen” Boltigen railway station, inauguration of conversion and railway festival, 27.05.2023

Details type S-Bahn

General information RABe 528 (MIKA)

  • 28 Number of pieces
  • 201–228 Numbering
  • BLS AG Owner Nr. 201-228
  • 2022–2025 Commissioning

Technical data

  • 104,9 m Length
  • 183 t Weight
  • 3500 kW Power
  • 160 km/h Maximum speed

Seating

  • 35 Seats 1st class
  • 188 Seats 2nd class
  • 12 Folding seats 2nd class
  • 241 Standing room 2nd class without circulation area, 3 persons per m2
  • 1 Wheelchair spaces 1st class without access to the toilet
  • 2 Wheelchair spaces 2nd cl. with access to the toilet
  • 6 Cycling spaces

Features

Comfort

  • yes Low-floor access gap-bridging for every external door
  • yes Air conditioning
  • yes Large panoramic windows
  • 2 WC 1 of which wheelchair accessible
  • yes Baby changing facilities in WC
  • yes Power sockets for electronic devices (1st class) Per seat
  • yes Power sockets for electronic devices (2nd class) Per seat
  • yes Plug sockets in multi-functional compartment
  • yes Good mobile reception thanks to non-signal-blocking window panes
  • Carpet Flooring (first class)
  • Rubber Flooring (second class)

Information

  • yes Passenger information on the train visual
  • yes Passenger information inside the train optical and acoustical
  • yes Network plans distributed on multiple unit
  • yes Infotainment News, Weather, Events, Advertising

Safe

  • yes Video surveillance
  • yes Fire alarm and fire-fighting system
  • yes SOS buttons at every exit and in every closed compartment
  • yes Acoustic and visual alerts before doors close

Clean

  • yes Rubbish bin at seats
  • yes Dirt traps at all exits
  • yes Newspaper collection box at each exit

Given names

  • No. 202 – “Neuenegg" Neuenegg station, subsequent inauguration of renovated line, 26.08.2023

Current use daily on the following lines

  • S2 Laupen–Bern–Langnau i.E
  • S4 Thun–Belp–Bern–Burgdorf–Langnau i.E
  • RE1 / R11 Bern–Spiez–Zweisimmen (–Brig–Domodossola)
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  • IR66 Bern–Neuchâtel–La Chaux-de-Fonds

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