Go-Ahead Deutschland orders Stadler FLIRT3 EMU

Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland have ordered 45 FLIRT3 multiple units from Stadler Pankow. The order consists of 11 three-car, 15 five-car units, 9 four-car and 10 six-car Stadler FLIRT3 EMU will operate on the the Stuttgart Network 1, Lot 2 (Rems–Fils) and Lot 3 (Franken–Enz).

Go-Ahead Deutschland orders Stadler FLIRT3 EMU
Image courtesy of Stadler Rail

The fleet will operate on the Stuttgart–Aalen–Crailsheim, Stuttgart–Ulm, Stuttgart–Aalen, Stuttgart–NBS S-MA–Pforzheim–Karlsruhe, and Stuttgart–Heilbronn–Osterburken–Lauda–Würzburg routes. The Stuttgart 21 rail project, set to open in 2019, will also enable greater connection on the route and enable passengers to make a complete journey without having to change trains.

The Stadler FLIRT3 EMUs which will run on the Stuttgart Network 1 will be fitted with TSI SRT regulation safety features, as well as fire protection category B. The Stadler FLIRT3 EMUs which will operate on Lot 3 will be equipped with an additional train security system (LZB) and will be adaptable to ETCS Level 2 train security system when the system is rolled out on the network.

The three and six car FLIRT3 EMUs all have a maximum speed of 160km/h, with high drive performance. They are universally accessible with barrier-free access and low floors throughout. The passenger area is equipped with gap-bridging and sliding steps. They offer first and second class areas, with 20 seats in first class split between each end of the train. There are 165 second-class seats (in three-car trains) and 329 seats in the six-car trains.

The trains have TSI PRM regulation toilet cabins, and a large, multi-purpose area for passengers with bicycles, large luggage and pushchairs. The cutting-edge design also features a modern passenger information system and on-board WLAN. The interior and exterior livery all feature the three lions of the Baden-Württemberg regional transport company.

Ulf Braker, Managing Director of Stadler Pankow GmbH, said:

“We are pleased that our new business partner has decided to place their trust in us, and we look forward to working together in the future.”


Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH, said:

“We are greatly looking forward to working together with our partner, Stadler, to provide our passengers with a safe and comfortable travelling experience. Creating long-term partnerships in and for the region is an integral component of our company philosophy.’

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