August 25, 2014

Stadler rolls out first train for MTR Express

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THE FIRST of six 200km/h Flirt EMUs for Swedish open-access operator MTR Express left the Stadler Rail plant in Bussnang, Switzerland, on August 21 bound initially for the company's train commissioning centre in nearby Erlen.

The first train is due to be delivered to Sweden in October and driver training is due to commence soon afterwards.

MTR Express - a subsidiary of Hong Kong's MTR Corporation - plans to launch its Stockholm – Gothenburg service in March 2015, when it will go head-to-head with incumbent operator SJ. MTR Express will operate 110 services per week with a journey time of 3h 10min on the 455km route.

"Everything is proceeding as planned and we have received a lot of interest from prospective employees, customers, and media here in Sweden," MTR Express CEO Mr Johan Söör told IRJ.

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