March 08, 2011

Stadler Pankow nets biggest train order

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STADLER PANKOW is celebrating its largest-ever train order after signing a contract with Veolia Transport Regio, Germany, for 35 Flirt emus.
The Euros 200 million contract comprises seven three-car and 28 six-car trains. The three-car trains will be 59m long and will seat 158 passengers, eight of them in first class. The four-car emus will be 107m long and accommodate 333 passengers.

rosenheim-stadler.jpgThe 160km/h trains will be used on the E-Netz Rosenheim network in Bavaria and Austria, which covers regional services on the Munich - Traunstein - Salzburg, Munich - Kufstein and Munich - Holzkirchen - Rosenheim lines. Veolia was awarded a 12-year contract last December to operate these services from December 2013, taking over from German Rail (DB).

On the Munich - Salzburg route, Veolia will operate hourly regional express services, which will run non-stop between Rosenheim and Munich East, reducing journey times by up to 10 minutes. An hourly through service will also operate throughout the day on the Kufstein - Munich line, eliminating the need to change trains at Rosenheim.

Last month Stadler Pankow, the German subsidiary of Stadler, Switzerland, announced a major expansion of production capacity at its site in Berlin to accommodate an increase in emu orders.

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