by Josephine Cordero Sapién
14 Jan 2021
Stadler has signed a framework agreement with Austrian Federal Railways (OEBB) for up to 20 new fire-fighting and rescue trains. At the same time OEBB has placed an order for an initial five units.
Stadler and the infrastructure arm of OEBB signed a framework agreement on the development, manufacture, delivery and approval and commissioning of up to 20 new fire-fighting and rescue trains. The total contract is worth up to 240 million euros. The order for the initial five units is worth 60 million euros.
The new trains will be three-car multiple units, measuring 66.5m in length. They will comprise one railcar, one motorised low-floor control car and a water car that can carry up to 45,000 litres of water. The water car will be able to carry people and be equipped with up to 56 seats. The complete train will have a capacity of 300 – for rescued passengers for example.
The trains will have a top speed of 160km/h. They will be trimodal, meaning electric, diesel-electric and battery-powered. OEBB is aiming to put the first vehicles into service no later than mid-2024. They are to be deployed in the three new base tunnels Koralm, Semmering and Brenner (all currently under construction) and they are also to serve as replacements for the first-generation of OEBB fire and rescue trains. They can operate on the entire rail network.
“We are very pleased about this order and the co-operation with OEBB. Our many years of experience with tailor-made vehicles involving a wide variety of drive concepts will help us to produce these technically demanding trains. This experience is a unique advantage for Stadler.”
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