Pininfarina is a multi-faceted company, and its latest venture is into the world of… trains! The Italian design house has just unveiled the new Goldenpass Express, set to go into service on December 13, 2020 in Switzerland.
The train hails from the Pininfarina design house, as opposed to Automobili Pininfarina that is developing the near-2000 hp all-electric Battista. It will connect the Swiss cities of Montreux, Gstaad, and Interlaken and has been designed to look much more fresh and modern than others that operate in the area.
One particularly interesting aspect is that its windows have been designed in such a way to eliminate reflections so as to allow travelers to take photos of the outside world from the comfort of their seats without having to worry about glare. The Goldenpass Express also meets all Swiss safety requirements.
“With the Goldenpass Express we are facing spectacular technological challenge, shifting from narrow gauge to standard gauge [the distance between the two tracks],” Montreuz Oberland Bernese railway company general manager Georges Oberson said. “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.”
“Having to deal with new safety standards has been a stimulus to our creativity, rather than a limitation,” Pininfarina Design project manager Alfredo Palma added.
“In every project, whether it is automotive, transportation or architecture, our goal is to create beautiful objects while overcoming technical or regulatory obstacles. With the MOB we have created a train that offers an immersive travel experience, in total symbiosis with the beauty of the surrounding nature”.