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Alstom Coradia Meridian
Italian State Railway ALe 501, ALn 501, ETR 245, 324, 425 and 526
Italy | 2003 | 281 produced
Five-car ETR.425 in Rome in July 2010
Five-car ETR.425 in Rome in July 2010
Rob Dammers

Between 2003 and 2019, versions of the Alstom Coradia adapted for Italy and designed by Giugiaro were built as the “Meridian”. The first was the “Minuetto”, which was built as the electric ALe.501/502 and as the diesel-hydraulic ALn.501/502 and was bought by other railway companies in addition to the FS. The second generation is formed by the five-car ETR.245, which Trenord is using for the Malpensa Express since 2008. The third generation is operated under the brand name “Jazz”. There is the four-car ETR.324, the five-car ETR.425 and the six-car ETR.526.

Axle configB-2-2-B B-2-2-2-B B-2-2-2-2-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length170 ft 3 5/16 in304 ft 7 1/2 in221 ft 7 7/16 in269 ft 8 1/4 in
Wheelbase57 ft 8 15/16 in
Fixed wheelbase9 ft 2 1/4 in
Empty weight202,825 lbs220,462 lbs299,828 lbs352,739 lbs
Service weight370,376 lbs449,742 lbs
Power sourceelectric - DCdiesel-hydraulicelectric - DC
Electric system3,000 V, 1,500 V3,000 V, 1,500 V
Continuous power1,676 hp (1,250 kW)966 hp (720 kW)2,752 hp (2,052 kW)
Top speed99 mph81 mph99 mph
EngineIveco V8 FVQE 28
Engine type2x V8 diesel
Fuel423 us gal (diesel)
Engine output1,502 hp (1,120 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
Alstom Coradia
last changed: 03/2023

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