E444 Tartaruga

The E444R "tartaruga" is very much an endangered species on the FS network. With the introduction of the new ETR-400 and ETR-700 units, a cascade has occurred that has seen E402B removed from Freccia Bianca services on the Adriatic and in their turn they have replaced the tartarughe. From May 2019 the active fleet was reduced to 21, with E402B now taking over the Milan-Pescara and Milan-Taranto daytime IC services. With the E401 mono-cabin work almost complete, further E402B will become available and it is predicted that the end of diagrammed E444 trains will be with us by December 2019.  

444.005   For preservation

444.006   03 Dec 2018   IC606

444.007   18 Jun 2019   ICN765

444.009   25 Aug 2018   IC604

444.016   16 Feb 2019   IC612

444.018   01 Dec 2018   IC605

444.019   16 Feb 2019   IC611

444.034   22 Jun 2019    IC605

444.038   16 Feb 2019   IC608

444.040   19 Jun 2019   ICN755

444.041   19 Jun 2019   IC610

444.056   08 Jun 2019   IC607

444.069   For preservation

444.070   20 Jun 2019   ICN758

444.074   17 Jun 2019   IC605

444.079  01  Dec  2018  IC614

444.082   03 Dec 2018   IC603

444.085   01 Dec 2018   IC604

444.086   03 Dec 2018   IC607

444.096   03 Dec 2018  IC610

444.101   22 Jun 2019   IC609

444.106   20 Jun 2019   ICN752

444.109   19 Jun 2019   IC609

444.113   25 Aug 2018   IC612

Tartaruga action is still concentrated on the Adriatic Coast, though mostly on services starting or finishing in Bologna (7 diagrams). There is also still E444 diagrams for the overnights to Lecce (4 diagrams). Although E402B now dominate the services on the Ligurian Coast, the Thello EC trains still produce E444 (3 diagrams). The Milan - Terni train (IC580/IC599) is now push-pull E402B throughout. Whilst E402A are being converted to mono-cab E401, tartarughe also occasionally work Milan to Naples services.

The introduction of the ETR-700 on the Adriatic coast this summer has resulted in further cascades, they will almost certainly end the final diagrams of the E444. 

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Tartaruga activity log (updated 22 Jun 2019)

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