Stadler Polska, a Polish subsidiary of Stadler Rail, has started production on the first of 20 two-car FLIRT EMUs to be delivered to Lodz Agglomeration Railway (LKA).
The final assembly is being carried out at Stadler Polska's Siedlce plant andincludes the installation of the roof, internal equipment and electrical components of the car bodies, which have already been painted with designs of the Lódz operator.
The new EMUs will be equipped with ABB's energy-efficient BordLine converters, which will help maintain the vehicles' reliability and reduce operating costs.
Following completion of the final assembly, the car bodies will be connected and the multiple units will be put together for testing, first at the Siedlce plant and later on test tracks.
Stadler Polska management board member and Stadler Rail Group sales director Stanislaw Skalski said: "The production of FLIRT trains for Lódz Agglomeration Railway is progressing according to schedule in our assembly plant and the assembly of the first FLIRT train is well advanced."
The first FLIRT vehicles are scheduled to be delivered by the end of April 2014, while the next batch of ten train sets will be delivered by the end of October 2014, and the remaining four units are expected to be handed over to LKA at the end of February 2015.
The new trains will be 45.7m long, weigh 90t and will be capable of accommodating up to 254 passengers with 120 seated.
The vehicles, which can travel at a maximum speed of 160kmph, will feature light aluminium alloy body shells and will be equipped with European Train Control System 2 (ETCS 2).
Image: LKA will take delivery of the first six Stadler FLIRT trains by the end of April 2014. Photo: courtesy of Stadler Rail.