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Stadler to Deliver Eight Double-Decker Trains to AB Transitio

Rolling stock leasing company AB Transitio has purchased eight double-decker trains from Stadler for Uppsala County, Sweden. Especially adapted for cold weather, these trains are well-suited for the demanding conditions of Scandinavia.

Along with the purchase of Swedtrac from Knorr-Bremse earlier this year, this deal signifies a further commitment to the Swedish market.

Double-Decker Trains
Double-decker DOSTO model from the contract signed in 2016 for 33 EMUs © Stadler

Double-Decker Trains for Uppsala

Stadler has received an order from AB Transitio for an additional eight double-decker electric multiple units (EMU). AB Transitio is taking up an option from the contract signed in 2016 for 33 EMUs with an option of 110. The trains are going to be used by Swedish operator Uppsala Länstrafik and are very well suited for commuter and regional traffic around Uppsala.

Stadler vehicles feature excellent resistance to severe winter weather – something Stadler has proven with its trains in Norway, Finland, Estonia, Russia and Belarus, where extreme conditions occur regularly in the winter. These exceptional winter weather capabilities are a result of the closed engine rooms, double-wall intercar gangways, snow scrapers between the bogies and carriage bodies, a heat recovery system, floor heating and high-quality insulation. As part of this current order, Stadler will of course once again involve Swedish suppliers such as Icomera AB, Kockum Sonics AB, ÅF-Infrastructure AB and Hök Instrument AB.

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Wider Vehicle Bodies

The new generation of double-decker trains features an open, fluid architectural design. The passenger flow in the entrance area has been optimised – a change that makes a positive difference particularly in urban regions with a large number of commuters, such as the railway systems in Zurich and Berlin. The new double-decker trains offer plenty of legroom for passengers and also provide an open, spacious feeling. The double-decker vehicle bodies are adapted to fit the Swedish clearance profile, which is higher and wider than the Swiss standard.

Lower Operating Costs

The use of aluminium in the design of the car bodies lead to a significant decrease in the energy required as well as lower operating costs. Another forward-thinking engineering solution is the dry transformer that doesn’t require oil as a coolant. Already in use on Stadler FLIRT EMUs by Swiss federal railways SBB, this system saves about 8% in average of the total energy consumption of those trains.

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Dependable Partner for Intercity Travel

Stadler has excellent credentials in the field of interregional and intercity travel. Austrian Westbahn use Stadler double-decker EMUs in the intercity-segment between Salzburg and Vienna. SBB use Stadler multiple unit trains on interregional lines all over Switzerland. By December 2018, SBB will also start to operate the Stadler SMILE high-speed intercity trains on the transalpine route from Zurich to Milan. From 2020 Stadler double-decker EMUs will connect San Francisco with San José through the Silicon Valley. Stadler is a dependable partner to several state railway operators.

Original press release © Stadler.

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