MALLORCAN Rail Services (SFM) has awarded CAF a contract worth €54.7m excluding VAT to supply five EMUs for the Spanish island’s 85km metre-gauge network.

The four-car trains are due to be delivered in mid-2024, with the fleet expected to enter service in late 2024. CAF will maintain the trains during the two-year warranty period.

Each 100km/h set will be formed of two powered driving cars and two intermediate trailers. The trains will be based on EMUs recently supplied by CAF to Basque operator Euskotren.

The additional EMUs will strengthen SFM’s existing fleet of six class 7100 and 13 class 8100 EMUs, all of which were built by CAF. The new trains will be used alongside the class 8100s on services from Palma to Inca, Sa Pobla and Manacor.

The European Union is funding 90% of the order through the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe, which has been set up to aid the economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. The Balearic Islands regional government is providing the remaining funds.

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