SPANISH rolling stock manufacturer CAF has completed the delivery of the 206th and final Sprinter New Generation EMU to Netherlands Railways (NS).

The trains are based on CAF’s Civity platform, and the final four-car EMU operated its maiden trip between Amsterdam Central and Baarn on May 9.

NS has invested around €900m in the new fleet for its stopping services. The CAF trains have replaced the first-generation Sprinter EMU fleet dating from the 1970s and 1980s which was withdrawn in 2021.

The initial order comprised 68 three-car and 50 four-car EMUs and was placed with CAF in 2014. NS ordered an additional 50 three-car and 38 four-car trains in 2018.

NS launched a new tender for more Sprinter trains in summer 2022, indicating that it will not exercise further options with CAF.

The preferred bidder is expected to be announced in early 2024, with the new trains scheduled to enter service in 2027.

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