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Stadler has announced that it has received an order from AB Transitio for 12 additional double-decker trains, worth 133.3 million Swiss francs. By placing this order, AB Transitio is thereby exercising an option from a contract that has been in place since 2016, meaning that the leasing company has ordered a total of 53 KISS trains from Stadler so far.
AB Transitio and Stadler originally signed a contract in 2016 for the supply of double-decker trains for various regions across Sweden. Thirty-three trains were initially ordered for Mälab and eight more were added for Uppsala Länstrafik in a first call-off order.
The second call-off order that has now been placed comprises of 12 additional trains for Mälab. AB Transitio’s newly ordered trains are scheduled to be delivered in autumn 2021 in accordance with the contract and will then run in the Lake Mälaren region, west of the Swedish capital of Stockholm.
The four-car double-decker trains have one class that is designed for comfort, offering passengers plenty of legroom and a feeling of spaciousness. Stadler has adapted the car bodies of the trains for Mälab to the Swedish clearance gauge and can reach a maximum speed of 200km/h. Double-walled car transitions, underfloor heating and good insulation help to make the trains particularly durable during the winter months.
Head of Sales at Stadler, Ansgar Brockmeyer, said: “Just like the trains that have already been in passenger service since December 2019, the newly ordered vehicles will correspond to the Scandinavian design line developed jointly with AB Transitio. The fact that we have received a follow-up order from AB Transitio so soon after the new double-decker trains started passenger operations is a great vote of confidence and recognition of the quality of the new trains.”
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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