A consortium of Stadler Rail and Polish rail vehicle manufacturer Newag has secured a $377m contract from Polish rail operator PKP Intercity to deliver 20 new eight-car Flirt3 electric multiple-units.
The contract also includes 15 years of technical maintenance for the new trains, which will be built at Stadler’s Siedlce plant in Poland and Newag’s plants.
Under the deal, Stadler will build the two-end vehicles with the entire drive system, as well as supply the bogies and the aluminium bodies for all cars, which will be supplied from Switzerland.
Newag will carry out the planning of the interior fittings and the final assembly of the intermediate cars.
The company will also be responsible for assembling the cars into complete EMUs and the whole commissioning process.
The new trains are being built with Stadler’s lightweight aluminium technology to allow faster acceleration and lower energy consumption and operating costs.
The new long-distance intercity trains are scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2015, following which they will be used for long-distance railway traffic across Poland.
The new trains will be operated on routes including Warsaw – Bydgoszcz; Olsztyn – Warsaw – Krakow; Gdynia – Warsaw – Katowice; and Szczecin – Poznan – Krakow.
The 3kV DC trains will be equipped with the European train control system (ETCS) Level 2 and will be capable of operating at a top speed of 160kmph.