As of next year, four million tourists a year will be able to enjoy the views on the borders of the Vaud and Bernese Alps from on board the new trains redesigned by Pininfarina for the Montreux Oberland Bernese (MOB) railway company.
The “Goldenpass Express” will connect three of Switzerland’s main tourist destinations, namely, Montreux, Gstaad and Interlaken.
And it’s not Pininfarina’s first collaboration with MOB; back in 1993, the Italian consultancy designed the Cristal Panoramic Express, which is said to be one of the Swiss company’s most successful trains.
“With the Goldenpass Express we are facing a spectacular technological challenge, shifting from narrow gauge to standard gauge. We also wanted this tourist train to be beautiful and elegant. That’s why we assigned the task to Pininfarina, one of the most prestigious design companies in the world”, says Georges Oberson, general manager of MOB.
In redesigning the train, Pininfarina says it has integrated some aspects that customers will appreciate.
For example, despite the change in the position of the mechanicals at the head of the train, which have been imposed by the new safety standards, the Pininfarina proposal makes it possible to maintain a large window that provides travellers with an amplified frontal view.
“Having to deal with new safety standards,” explains Alfredo Palma, Pininfarina’s design project manager, “has been a stimulus to our creativity, rather than a limitation. With the MOB we have created a train that offers an immersive travel experience, in total symbiosis with the beauty of the surrounding nature.”
The new train is set to go into service on 13 December 2020.