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March 3, 2016

Stadler to supply 16 Flirt3 EMU trains for Zwolle services in the Netherlands

Swiss train manufacturer Stadler has secured a €125m contract to produce 16 Flirt3 electric multiple-unit (EMU) trains for the operators Syntus and Keolis in the Netherlands.

Stadler Flirt3

Swiss train manufacturer Stadler has secured a €125m contract to produce 16 Flirt3 electric multiple-unit (EMU) trains for the operators Syntus and Keolis in the Netherlands.

The contract covers the delivery of nine three-car and seven four-car units and 15 years of maintenance.

All EMUs are to be manufactured in Switzerland, with the first scheduled to be delivered for testing in June 2017. The new EMUS will be used on the services from Zwolle to Kampen and Enschede, which the Keolis subsidiary is to operate from December next year.

"Each Flirt3 train will be capable of operating at a maximum speed of 160km/hr."

Each Flirt3 train will be capable of operating at a maximum speed of 160km/hr.

The company noted all vehicles sold comply with the new 2014 TSI standards, which include noise-pollution levels, energy efficiency and access for persons with reduced mobility.

Currently, Stadler is evaluating sites for the opening of a new service centre in the Netherlands, having won orders in the past 18 months to supply 58 Flirts to NS Reizigers and six to Abellio. The service centre will form part of the service organisation in the Netherlands.

Earlier this year, the Swiss train manufacturer completed the acquisition of German transport company Vossloh’s rail vehicles business unit in Spain that develops and manufactures new diesel-electric locomotives and light rail vehicles (LRVs).


Image: The new Stadler Flirt3 trains will be run on the Zwolle-Kampen and Zwolle-Enschede lines. Photo: courtesy of Stadler Rail.

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