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« on: April 22, 2016, 05:44:12 pm »

Just back from 10 days trundling around northern Italy by Regionale local trains for the princely sum of 1 euro for every 10km. Spent 154 euros so that equates to 1,540 km. Used Bologna as a base... terrific,,,,went to Venice twice, Florence 4 times, Ravenna, Siena, Mantua, Verona and Rimini.
Used the Freccirossa to go from Bologna to Florence ( booked in advance through Italiarail) for11 euros and it  takes 30 mins. The more conventional one takes 90 minutes using six to a compartment IC (Inter City) trains, while the find of the week was the 3hr whizz into the mountains between Bologna and Florence via Porretta Terme using these Alstom EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) Jazz trains that are just celebrating their 2nd birthday. Mentioned as a scenic railway journey of Europe in the European Rail Timetable.

Found this article online but the pictures won't reproduce.

THE first of 70 Jazz emus ordered in November 2012 from Alstom by Italian State Railways (FS) under a ^450m contract was on show on March 27 at Rome Termini station.

The train was presented to FS CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Mr Mauro Moretti (pictured) together with representatives from the Italian regions where the trains will operate.
The trains will be supplied in two different lengths ^ 54 trains will have five cars and 16 trains four cars, and four configurations. The commuter version will have plenty of space for standing passengers, while the regional configuration will have more seats, the regional express trains will have a higher level of comfort, and the airport rail link trains will have a greater proportion of space for luggage. However, the trains are designed so that the internal layout can be modified in the future.

The name Jazz was chosen following an online survey on the FS website, and follows a musical theme adopted by FS for its trains, namely Minuetto and Vivalto. The photo illustrates the striking livery chosen for the trains.

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