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Stadler Rail SMILE
Swiss Federal Railways RABe 501 “Giruno”
Switzerland | 2016 | more than 29 produced
RABe 501 004 in May 2020 in the Stadler commissioning center
RABe 501 004 in May 2020 in the Stadler commissioning center

For north-south traffic through the Gotthard Base Tunnel, SBB initially procured 29 eleven-car multiple units from Stadler. There they are referred to as “SMILE” (“Fast Multisystem Innovative Light Express Train”), while the SBB calls them “Giruno”, which is Rhaeto-Romanic for “buzzard”. Initially they were also known as the “EC250” because of their speed. The trains are also certified for Italy, Germany and Austria. Seven more sets are to be delivered by 2026 for traffic to Germany.

Builtsince 2016
Axle config2-B-B-2-2-2-2-B-B-2-2-2 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length662 ft 8 3/4 in
Fixed wheelbase9 ft 0 1/4 in
Empty weight837,756 lbs
Service weight1,000,897 lbs
Power sourceelectric - AC/DC
Electric system15.000 V 16⅔ Hz, 25,000 V 50 Hz, 3,000 V
Hourly power8,046 hp (6,000 kW)
Top speed155 mph
Starting effort67,443 lbf
Power Plant
Calculated Values
long distance
Stadler multiple unit
last changed: 03/2023

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