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Check out this Pininfarina-designed train

Welcome to the brilliantly-named Goldenpass Express

Published: 05 Sep 2019
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How do you follow the launch of a 1,900bhp all-electric hypercar? For Pininfarina the answer was simple – design a train, of course.

Now, this may seem a little out of the blue, but the Italian design house does actually have quite a bit of history in the railway industry. Pininfarina has been responsible for crafting high-speed trains in both Italy and Spain, as well as standard trains for the Swiss, Danish and Norwegian railways. Stay with us here, because they’ve also designed the light rail system in Lille, and a number of trams that are still used in various cities in Italy, Greece, Sweden and Turkey. Blimey.

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And how about an even better train fact for you? Pininfarina actually designed the Eurostar trains when they were refreshed in 2014. You can use that one when you’re next down the pub. Or maybe don’t.

Anyway, its latest attempt is called The Goldenpass Express, and it’s very glassy.

It’s been designed to make the most of what are presumably some decent views on the runs between three of Switzerland’s main tourist destinations – Montreux, Gstaad and Interlaken – hence the reason for all of those windows.

The Goldenpass will go into operation in December 2020, and will apparently carry 4 million tourists a year for the MOB (Montreux Oberland Bernese) railway company. Top railway journalists have already reported that the Goldenpass “handles like it’s on rails.”

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Sorry, we’ll show ourselves out.

For the nerdiest among us, there’s a clever bit of engineering in here too. Pininfarina has used a variable gauge system, meaning passengers will no longer have to change trains when the track gauge goes from 1m to 1.43m at Zweisimmen. Lovely stuff.

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