Switzerland-based railway company Schweizerische Südostbahn (SOB) has placed an order to procure 12 additional FLIRT trains from Stadler.

Stadler will deliver seven eight-car FLIRT multiple units called Traverso and five four-car FLIRT trains.

The Traverso trains will have 359 seats, with 68 of them in the first class. All the seats will have power outlets. In addition, these trains will have two bistro areas for dining and a designated family area.

They fulfil all the latest European regulations to ensure universal accessibility, as well as being equipped with four to seven information system screens per car.

SOB will run the long distance Traverso trains on the Voralpen-Express route between St Gallen and Lucerne from December next year and on the Gotthard mountain route from December 2020.

“Stadler will deliver seven eight-car FLIRT multiple units called Traverso and five four-car FLIRT trains.”

The trains are also scheduled to operate between Chur and Berne through Zurich from the middle of December 2021. Chur-Zurich-Berne route is the second line that SOB will operate on behalf of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB).

The four-car FLIRT trains are capable of carrying 197 passengers including 22 in first class. Once delivered, the trains will bolster SOB’s existing FLIRT fleet used in regional transport.

In 2016, SOB signed an agreement with Stadler for six eight-car and five four-car electric low-floor multiple units. The fleet will replace its older units and enable it to support operations with the introduction of a revised timetable for 2019.

Earlier this month, Stadler received a €115m contract to deliver up to nine interoperable electric trains to Italian public transport company Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM).

The contract agreement includes guaranteed delivery of five trains and an option for four additional trains.