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Stadler Rail has been awarded the contract for future international NRLA trains, by SBB today. It was not an easy win by Stadler, as there was a fight for the top tender and the Swiss provider won the race to provide 29 EuroCity trains. This win of the contract is an important milestone for the company, as it now takes the company into the high-speed sector, hitting up to 250 km/h. Stadler Rail’s multi-system trains will be approved for use in multiple countries including Switzerland, Italy, Germany and Austria. The worlds first single-decker low-floor high-speed train complies in full with the terms of the Act on the Elimination of Discrimination against People with Disabilities. The order is worth around CHF 980 million.
Peter Spuhler, owner and CEO of Stadler Rail Group, is extremely pleased: We are very proud that our proposal fulfilled the strict vehicle specifications in the best way. I would like to take this opportunity to thank SBB for the trust they have placed in us. Of course, our customer references proving our reliability and availability and those relating to the construction and approval of cross-border multi-system trains for Italy, Austria and Germany probably had a positive influence as well.
The newly developed EC250 is a 200-metre-long articulated train in 11 parts. The carriages are connected by what are known as Jacobs bogies. Stadler Rail was able to use many tried and tested components from existing vehicle types in the development of the train. The company also has vast experience with trains for cross-border traffic between Switzerland and Italy, with some 40 trains providing reliable service for several years. Another 18 multi-system trains have been approved for Italy and Austria. Stadler Rail is well versed in producing trains for Italy. Over 100 Stadler trains are already successfully in use in Italy.
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