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Hungarian-Austrian rail operator GYSEV has introduced the first of its four fast light innovative regional trains (FLIRTs) in Sopron, Hungary.

The rail operator has already received two FLIRTs from Swiss locomotives manufacturer Stadler Rail. These vehicles received all required permissions to enter commercial service on the Sopron-Szombathely-Szentgotthárd route.

In addition to the purchase of new trains, the HUF49.8bn ($226.7m) project also included completion of the reconstruction works on Sopron-Szombathely line, apart from the entire upgrade of the Szombathely-Szentgotthárd line.

Stadler worked in partnership with the Hungarian Transport Authority during the commissioning process of vehicles that included technical tests and authority checks of the vehicles on the Gyor-Hegyeshalom railway line.

"GYSEV invested €20m for the procurement of FLIRTs"

The train car bodies were produced at Stadler’s factory in Szolnok, while the final assembly was carried out in Poland, Siedlice. The maximum speed of the single voltage low floor regional trains is 160km per hour and can accommodate 211 seats and 164 standing places.

GYSEV invested €20m for the procurement of FLIRTs that are equipped with modern passenger information system, air conditioning, multi-functional areas for the storage of bicycles, disabled accessible toilets, as well as free WiFi and power sockets.

The vehicles, which have a dynamic acceleration power of 1.2m/s2, can reach 100km per hour speed in 28 seconds with ability to stop from a speed of 120km per hour only using its service brake without the need of airbrake.

Stadler delivered the two vehicles 60 days ahead of deadline. GYSEV and Stadler signed an agreement for four FLIRTs in April 2012.


Image: GYSEV introducs first FLIRT in Sopron. Photo: courtesy of Stadler Rail.