Stadler Rail has received an order from the private railway company MTR for six intercity FLIRTs. The vehicles are five-carriage trains with a top speed of 200 km/h. They are especially able to fulfil the requirements of severe winters. This technology has already proven itself in Stadler trains for the other Nordic countries. In securing the order, Stadler has succeeded for the first time in selling trains to Sweden. The order is worth around CHF 85 million and will be carried out in Switzerland. 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. Delivery of the trains will begin in autumn 2014.
The private railway company MTR is a globally active private rail operator with its headquarters in Hong Kong. It has been active in Sweden since 2009, where it operates the Stockholm underground. The six FLIRT multiple-unit trains ordered from Stadler Rail will provide the company with exceptionally high-quality rolling stock for the main line between the country´s two largest cities. The trains for MTR are an advanced development of the FLIRT with a high-quality interior for comfortable travelling across long distances.
Able to fulfil the requirements of severe winters
The trains operate with 15 kV alternating current and are equipped with the Swedish train control system ATP L 10´000. The top speed of these trains will be 200 km/h.
As with all Stadler trains produced for the Nordic countries, the MTR FLIRTs will be specially equipped to deal with the harsh winter conditions in Sweden. Features include, for example, improved isolation, floor heating, double-wall intercar gangways, snow scrapers between bogies and carriage body as well as a heat recovery system. All FLIRTs produced by Stadler have an aluminium body. Stadler is the global leader in lightweight aluminium technology. This technology allows the trains to accelerate faster, thus significantly reducing energy consumption and operating costs in comparison to conventional vehicles