New family carriages coming to Swiss trains
Swiss Federal Railways has unveiled a new series of family-friendly carriages complete with slides, suspension bridges, play boats and caves for children.
Urs Schlegel, interim director for the company’s passenger traffic division, said on Thursday that all 40 double-decker Intercity trains should have a new, jungle-theme “Tiki Park” family carriage by the end of 2012.
The first ones will be put into service starting in September, most likely on the Geneva Airport-Lausanne-Bern-Zurich-St Gallen route.
They will replace the current family carriages, which have playground equipment and games on the upper level of colourfully outfitted carriages. Schlegel said families will often try to schedule their travel time around trains that have these popular cars.
The company will invest about SFr2.7 million ($2.6 million) in renovating these existing family carriages, which are currently outfitted in dinosaur and moon themes.
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