A giant animatronic red hare and a steel band were the star attractions as Greater Anglia launched their brand-new trains on 4 September.
The ‘transforming the railway’ celebration saw VIP guests from the local community taking a journey on one of the new Stadler Class 755 bi-modal trains which are due to replace the existing diesel trains on rural routes.
“Our customers are telling us they think our new trains are amazing. We promised new trains would improve their journeys and that’s exactly what they are doing.”
Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, too lauded the arrival of the new trains and reaffirmed the Government’s pledge to prioritise a passenger-focused railway which sees trains running on time.
Greater Anglia put the first four-carriage Class 755 into service on 29 July, running on the Wherry Line between Norwich, Great Yarmouth, and Lowestoft. Other new trains have since come into service on the Norwich to Cambridge route.
Running across a range of rural routes in the East Anglia region, 38 bi-mode trains, which are powered by diesel and electricity, have been financed with a long term investment from pension funds and insurance companies through Rock Rail East Anglia, a joint venture between Rock Rail, Aberdeen Standard Investments and GLIL Infrastructure.
“The long term, highly competitive funding from our pension funs and insurance company partners and from the European Investment Bank enables significantly enhances value for money to passengers over the life of the trains along with significant improvements in the travel experience for the people of East Anglia.”
The 38 trains, 24 four-carriage trains, and 14 three carriage trains, supplied by Swiss manufacturer Stadler, offer passengers more seats, air conditioning, plug and USB points, cycle spaces and passenger information screens. They also have lower floors with sliding steps at every door to bridge the gap between the train and the platform making it easier to get on and off the train for those in wheelchairs or with pushchairs.
“Our new trains combine outstanding passenger comfort with leading-edge technology. After months of hard work, we are delighted that they are being introduced into service.”
The trains will be maintained at the Norwich Crown Point depot which is benefiting from a £40 million upgrade in preparation for the Stadler trains, and Greater Anglia is in the midst of an ambitious project to replace all of its existing rolling stock with 169 brand new trains in total, the most far-reaching fleet replacement scheme in UK rail franchise history.
KiwiRail has signed a long-term framework agreement with Stadler, with a first call off for 57 diesel mainline locomotives.
Stadler is to appeal against an Austrian Court’s decision to nullify a contract it had been awarded by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).
Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has awarded Stadler a framework agreement for up to 510 new single-decker FLIRT multiple units.
Transport for Wales' new fast light intercity and regional trains (FLIRTs) have begun testing in Europe this month.
Stadler, who is manufacturing the new metro cars for Berlin's U-Bahn, has partnered with PMC for new lightweight seats.
Arriva Group is filing an application to operate regional rail open access night services in the Netherlands.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Stadler have signed an agreement to develop the first virtual image, or digital twin, of a complete train.
A Stadler and Siemens Mobility consortium has won a contract to provide the Lisbon Metro with a signalling system and fleet of new trains.
BLS will put its first MIKA - a Stadler FLIRT - into service with all 58 trains ordered entering into passenger service by the end of 2024.
The Stadler-manufactured Capricorn trains for Rhaetian Railway (Switzerland) have won the Red Dot Award 2021 in two categories.
Swiss Federal Railways has ordered 60 IR Dosto (Stadler KISS) double decker electric multiple units from Stadler as a contract option.
After a three-year test period Stadler's FLIRT Akku battery-powered train has demonstrated a range of 185km, exceeding expectations.
Stadler Deutschland has contracted Knorr-Bremse to supply the braking, entrance and HVAC systems for the new Berlin metro vehicles.
Private Swiss train operator BLS says it is putting in place immediate measures after the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board (STSB) discovered unus...
Stalder has delivered the first of 12 Citylink tram-trains to Hungary where they will start serving Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely from Q4 2021.
Stadler has signed a framework agreement with Austrian Federal Railways for up to 20 fire-fighting and rescue trains.
Stadler will supply eight electric multiple units for the Centovalli railway between Switzerland and Italy starting in 2023.
The new S-Bahn trains for Berlin, built by a Stadler-Siemens Mobility consortium, will enter passenger service on the city's Ringbahn line.
Jure Mikolcic, CEO of Stadler Pankow GmbH, at the VDB Digital Dialog Forum "Rail Revolution 4.0: Picking up Speed after the Crisis".
Stadler has won a contract with Portugal's state-owned rail operator CP to manufacture and supply 22 broad-gauge FLIRT multiple units.
The renovation of The Broadmoor Cog Railway has reached its halfway milestone, prior to its expected reopening in May 2021.
ATM (Milan) and Stadler have signed a framework agreement for up to 80 TRAMLINK trams. ATM has placed an initial order for 30 units.
BLS and Stadler have rolled out the first of the new generation FLIRT trains, named MIKA. The total order is for 58 units.
The first Stadler Geaf 2/2 battery electric shunting locomotive has entered service for Rhaetian Railway at Chur station.
Stadler has signed a contract with Arriva for the retrofit of 36 FLIRT trains with the GUARDIA ETCS solution and their homologation.
Stadler's GUARDIA European Train Control System (ETCS) has received its first homologation, namely for its FLIRT trains for Poland.
Stadler takes over digitalisation expert in Germany to expand its portfolio in the hardware and software components for rolling stock market.
Transitio AB has triggered a second option from its 2016 framework agreement, ordering 12 additional KISS trains from Stadler.
Swiss train operator has received the go-ahead to order an additional 20 Capricorn EMUs from Stadler in addition to the original 36.
Stadler Group CEO Dr Thomas Ahlburg parts ways with the company with immediate effect. Peter Spuhler takes over as interim Group CEO.
Schleswig-Holstein transport manager NAH.SH has started looking for operators to run services with the new Stadler Akku trains from 2022.
Stadler Rail says it has been the victim of a cyber-attack when it found its IT networks had become infected with malware.
Stadler has won a contract to deliver further TANGO trams to Krakow. The delivery will take place in mid-2023.
Stadler has won one of the biggest delivery contracts ever in Europe with Berlin's BVG. Stadler will deliver up to 1500 metro cars.
Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn and Stadler have signed a contract for 12 multiple units with a plan to place a further order for 15 multiple units.
The European Union Railway Agency (ERA) has granted type approval for the Stadler SMILE 'Giruno' to operate in double-traction in Italy.
Stadler has published its annual results for 2019 which demonstrate an 80 percent increase in the number of trains delivered.
A Stadler train in Groningen equipped with ATO has carried passengers for the first time. This is phase 2 or a 3-phase process.
DB will put the first Stadler KISS double-decker trains into service (IC2) on 8 March. It purchased them from Westbahn (Austria) last year.
Stadler has won its first US maintenance contract: Stadler will maintain 8 FLIRT trains and the Silver Line depot for DART for 15 years.
Hungary: MAV-START has placed an order for 21 KISS double-decker EMUs to be delivered by 2022. This completes a framework agreement from 2017.
Stadler has won a contract with HEAG mobilo GmbH for the supply of 14 ST15 trams. The contract, also inclues an option for up to 30 more.
Azerbaijan Railways has purchased its first FLIRT trains from Stadler for deployment on both interregional and regional lines.
Stadler's board of directors has nominated former President of Switzerland, Doris Leuthard, to join it starting in April 2020.
MARTA and Stadler have signed a contract for 127 two-car METRO trains to be delivered between 2023 and 2028. The contract is worth 646m USD.
Stadler has won its first contract for a hydrogen train, the FLIRT H2. The SBCTA will operate the train on the Redlands Passenger Rail line.
Stadler has signed the contract with ADIF for 22 rescue locomotives following the company's announcement on 31 July that it won the tender.
Stadler and NAH.SH have signed the contract for 55 FLIRT Akku trains that will enter service in Schleswig-Holstein in 2022 and beyond.
Stadler has won its first major rolling stock contract in the Pacific region, with the Taiwan Railways Authority ordering 34 locomotives.
The first Stadler train for Merseyrail has been transported to Germany where it will undergo dynamic testing before entering service in 2020.
At Ferroviaria 2019 Stadler and FNM have presented a mock-up of the new FLIRT diesel-electric multiple unit for the Lombardy region.
Stadtwerke Augsburg has signed a contract with Stadler for the supply of 11 metre-gauge TRAMLINK trams, to enter service in 2022.
Stadler has signed a joint venture with PT INKA in Indonesia, which marks the Swiss company's entry into the southeast Asian market.
Stadler will deliver new trams to Bern: in a first order with Bernmobil Stadler will supply 27 TRAMLINK trams, with delivery starting in 2023.
Stadler wins first contract IN Turkey: it will supply 7 hybrid EURODUAL locomotives to Körfez Ulaştırma, with the first delivered by 2021.
SOB and SBB presented their co-operation for two railway lines in Bern. They also presented the Traverso, which will run on the routes.
Stadler has won a contract with PKP Intercity for 12 FLIRT electric multiple units. The contract also includes a 15-year maintenance period.
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Stadler says its expansion plans for its Berlin-Pankow site are on track, with the building application filed in just 5 months.
One of the new Greater Anglia intercity electric multiple units manufactured by Stadler has successfully completed a daylight test run.
Deutsche Bahn is speeding up the development of its long-distance services and has made a quick decision to purchase 17 double-decker trains.
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Stadler and Hungarian Railways celebrated the roll out of the first KISS double-decker (part of an order of 11) due to enter service in 2020.
Stadler has won the tender for a framework agreement to supply up to 80 TRAMLINK trams to Milan. The initial order would be for 30 units.
Success for Stadler in Poland: the Swiss company has won a tender to supply PKP Intercity with 12 FLIRT electric multiple units.
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The ORR has issued its approval for the new 24 4-car Stadler bi-mode multiple units, which will enter service for Greater Anglia this summer.
Stadler has signed a contract for 16 FLIRT trains to enter service in the Bremen area in December 2022. NordWestBahn will be the operator.
Stadler is displaying its new generation of six-axle hybrid locomotive at Transport Logistic, taking place in Munich 4–7 June.
Stadler and DB Regio have signed a contract for 18 double-decker KISS trains, which will enter service in the Hamburg area in June 2022.
Stadler's FLIRT Traverso has entered regular passenger service in Switzerland following extensive testing, 3 years after SOB placed the order.
Stadler has won a contract with Dallas Area Rapid Transit for the supply of 8 diesel FLIRT trains. DART expects them to enter service in 2022.
After a framework agreement for 100 locomotives announced earlier in May, Stadler is now to supply ten further electric locomotives to ELP.
Stadler and Slovenian state railways operator Slovenske Železnice have signed a contract for 26 FLIRT multiple units, both DMUs and EMUs.
Stadler has won its biggest-ever maintenance contract: Vy (Norway) has selected Stadler to maintain its fleet of 100 FLIRT trains.
The European Loc Pool has ordered ten Stadler hybrid locomotives consolidating its leading position in this segment of rolling stock leasing.
Following a complaint by SBB, BLS will now not run the two long-distance routes it was awarded in 2018 as it awaits the court's ruling.
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Stadler has completed an order signed in 2016: it has delivered the 10 FLIRT trains for GySEV, bringing the operator's FLIRT trains to 20.
After the city of Ottawa's announcement in 2018 to buy trains from Stadler, the contract for the Trillium Line trains has now been signed.
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