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Stadler Rail will work together with ABB to upgrade the X2000 high-speed train fleet for SJ, Swedens state-owned passenger train company. Since being introduced 25 years ago, the trains have been regarded as among the most comfortable trains in the world. Stadler Rail has signed a cooperation agreement with ABB for this project. A total of 36 trains in the X2000 fleet will be outfitted with new electrical equipment from ABB. Stadler Rail will be in charge of installing this equipment. Stadlers share of the cooperation totals around CHF 24 million, will be performed at a new location in Sweden and will create a host of new jobs.
Jrg Gygax, Executive Vice President Service at Stadler Rail, is very pleased about the order: We are very proud to be able to modernise this wonderful train. The order represents a very significant milestone for our service business. In addition to Sweden, Stadler Rail is active in the service sector in Hungary, Algeria, Austria, Italy, Poland, Norway, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
The X2000 high-speed trains were built at the end of the 1980s by ASEA (one of ABBs predecessors). The trains offer passengers a great deal of comfort, personal space and service, in part thanks to the vehicle bodies, which are much wider than the bodies of trains used in continental Europe. The vehicles were first used for the StockholmGothenburg route, but were later used on a number of other routes.
Alongside modernisation work as carried out on the X2000, this includes long-term service and maintenance contracts for various fleets in Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Algeria, Austria, Norway, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the Netherlands, some of which have been in place for many years. The company has already achieved excellent availability levels at all its sites so far.
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