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The SBB RABDe 500
Connection of two ICN trains

The ICN (short for Intercity-Neigezug, German for Intercity Tilting Train), Series SBB RABDe 500, is a Swiss passenger train which debuted in 2000, in time for Expo.02 held in western Switzerland in 2002. Its maximum speed is 200 km/h. This speed is for example reached on the section between Mattstetten and Rothrist. It was a joint development by Bombardier, SBB-CFF-FFS and Alstom, with an aerodynamic body designed by Pininfarina.

The ICN often runs with two complete compositions, each with seven carriages, including a dining car (which actually forms part of 2nd class). Four of the seven carriages are second class. In first class, some compartments boast electric power supply sockets and mobile phone reception enhancers. It was one of the first trains to feature passageways between the different compartments without any kind of door between the carriages.

The ICN's introduction was delayed by a lack of supplies from ADtranz. Nevertheless, its rolling stock was fully in use by the time of the Expo, and now there is enough rolling stock for it be used on several different lines.

The ICN is operated by Swiss Federal Railways.



The ICN began service on 28 May 2000, with services from St. Gallen via Winterthur, Zürich and Biel/Bienne to Lausanne.

Services have now expanded to other areas including Kreuzlingen, Basel and Geneva.

Two trains run every hour, alternating between: St. Gallen, Zürich, Biel/Bienne, Geneva Airport or Lausanne; or Basel, Biel/Bienne, Lausanne or Geneva Airport.

ICN trains are currently also running from Zurich or Basel to Lugano or Chiasso, under an agreement between SBB/CFF/FFS and Cisalpino.


Trainsets used for the Expo.02 national exposition in Switzerland carried a typewriter-font "permettre le futur" text on the outside of the train along with literary quotes from various prominent Swiss writers. In each train composition, a brief introduction of the featured writer was placed near the door.

Technical Information

The ICN is an electrical multiple unit - there is no locomotive in the classical sense. The Motors are located under the second class cars (2 front and 2 end cars of each trainset). The firstclass cars and the restaurant car are spared the electrical noises from the asynchronous motors.

The ICN operates at 200 km/h on the high-speed line between Bern and Olten, controlled by ETCS.

Mark Operator Seats Length [mm] Tare Weight [t] No of units Max conti power [MW] Tilting Body width [cm] Body material Max speed [km/h] Launched
ICN SBB 431 188.800 355 7 --- yes --- light alloy 200 km/h 2001
ICE 1 DB 645 357.920 779,8 12 (excl loco) 9,6 no 302 cm light alloy (coach) 280 1991
ICE 3 DB 415 200.320 409 8 8,0 no 295 cm light alloy 300 2000
Thalys SNCF 377 200.000 385 10 (excl loco) 8,8 no --- --- 300 1997
500 (Japan) 1.324 404.000 632 16 18,24 no 338 light alloy 300 1997

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