Stadler, the Swiss rolling stock manufacturer, has revealed two new designs for the Balkan market at the 15th International Rail Fair TRAKO in Gdańsk, Poland.
The TANGO NF3 is a new, purpose-built tram for the city of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is Stadler’s first contract in the country and the company said it marked progress in its Balkan operations.
Sarajevo has had a tram system since the late 19th century, but Stadler said the new rolling stock will play “an important role in promoting a sustainable, accessible and modern public transport system for Sarajevo”.
The 31m-long trams will have a capacity of 180 passengers, with 79 seats in each unit.
In a prepared statement, Stadler said: “Stadler’s engineers put an emphasis on functionality and modern layout when designing the TANGO NF3 tram for Sarajevo. They have developed a tram that ensures that the travel experience for both passengers and the crew is highly comfortable while maintaining low operating costs.
“Pivoting bogies with a flexible frame ensures the smooth running of the vehicle and the arrangement of the doors enables passengers to get on and off quickly and easily.”
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The project has been funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Investment Bank.
Alongside the new tram unit, Stadler showed a new version of its popular FLIRT train, a regional-use EMU.
The Swiss company has supplied Serbian Railways with rolling stock since 2014 and will continue to deliver EMUs and high-speed locomotives to Serbia thanks to a 2021 contract extension.