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November 13, 2013

Stadler Rail wins intercity trains order from MTR

Swiss locomotives manufacturer Stadler Rail and Polish rail vehicle manufacturer Newag have won a $92.6m contract from MTR Corporation to supply six intercity fast light innovative regional trains (FLIRTs).

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Swiss locomotives manufacturer Stadler Rail and Polish rail vehicle manufacturer Newag have won a $92.6m contract from MTR Corporation to supply six intercity fast light innovative regional trains (FLIRTs).

Designed specifically to fulfil the requirements of harsh winter conditions in Sweden, the five-carriage trains can travel at a top speed of 200km per hour.

MTR will provide a long-distance service with around 15 connections per day on the route between Stockholm and Gothenburg in competition with the Swedish state railway operator, SJ. MTR currently operates the Stockholm underground. Delivery of the trains will begin in the autumn of 2014.

"Lightweight aluminium technology allows trains to significantly reduce energy consumption and operating costs."

The multiple-unit aluminium-body trains will provide MTR with high-quality rolling stock for the main line between Stockholm and Gothenburg. Stadler Rail claims that its lightweight aluminium technology allows trains to significantly reduce energy consumption and operating costs compared to conventional vehicles.

The new trains feature improved isolation, floor heating, double-wall intercar gangways, snow scrapers between bogies and carriage body as well as a heat recovery system. Equipped with quality interior for comfortable travelling across long distances, the trains operate with 15kV alternating current and are equipped with ATP L 10’000 control system.

The eight-carriage FLIRT3 trains are based on the FLIRT family, which has been in operation in 14 countries.


Image: An intercity FLIRT. Photo: courtesy of Stadler Rail.

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