Holidays are relaxing, but journeys are memorable, even more so when taken on a delightful train. Making Switzerland more alluring than ever is the Pininfarina-designed wonder train, The Goldenpass Express of the MOB railway. Connecting the main tourist destinations of Montreux, Gstaad, and Interlaken, the Goldenpass Express, will go into service on 11 December 2022. Montreux Oberland Bernese Railway Company will make dreams come true by accommodating an extra 1.5 million passengers annually.
“With the Goldenpass Express, we are facing a spectacular technological challenge, shifting from narrow gauge to standard gauge. 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”, said Georges Oberson, General Manager of MOB. The new Pininfarina train maintains large windows allowing passengers to fully indulge in the jaw-dropping vistas of the most beautiful places in the world. The window features are equipped to avoid any reflection or reverberation on photos taken by passengers.
“Having to deal with new safety standards,” explained Alfredo Palma, Pininfarina’s Design Project Manager, “has been a stimulus and sometimes an opportunity rather than a limitation to our creativity. 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”.
A whopping 4 million tourists will be making the most of the beautiful borders of the Vaud and Bernese Alps from onboard the new trains redesigned by Pininfarina for the MOB.