On the Oberalp Pass with Orion

On the Oberalp Pass with Orion
The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) has embarked on a new chapter with the new Orion trains from StadlerRail. These modern trains offer increased flexibility and provide more comfort. At the same time, they bring about a comprehensive renewal of the rolling stock. On behalf of the MGB, Nose has realized a confident exterior and a homely interior design.


The new Orion trains, which are used for both tourist and regional express services on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn network, set new standards in terms of design and comfort. The front cab, with its newly developed headlights, provides a distinctive and confident appearance. The livery dynamically implements the MGB’s brand elements. Continuous low-floor entrances enable wheelchair access at ground level, which is also appreciated by families with strollers and seniors. The interior design creates a cosy character. Warm wood surfaces in combination with cool seat cushions create harmonious contrasts. The patterns on the seat cushions discreetly pick up motifs from the surrounding rock formations, creating a connection to the outside world. Multifunctional compartments with generous storage space make it easy to travel with luggage and sports equipment. Thanks to Wi-Fi, passengers can stay connected even on the go.

«For us and especially for our customers, this day marks the beginning of a new era,» emphasizes Fernando Lehner, CEO of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, with pride.

The new trains can be used on the entire network from Zermatt to Disentis. Thanks to the switchable rack drive, the trains can also be operated in the section between Göschenen and Andermatt with its impressive 18% gradient. The order of a total of 37 three-part multiple-unit trains brings the MGB a big step closer to its goal of a uniform fleet and thus enables improved flexibility in the planning and deployment of the trains.

The official roll-in of the Orion on the Oberalp Pass took place on June 15, 2023, setting a brilliant starting point. The first six multiple-unit trains have been in regular service since then.

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