LITHUANIAN train operator LTG Link has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a fleet of electric and battery-electric trains for operation on its 1520mm-gauge network. This is Stadler’s first contract in Lithuania.

LTG Link has placed a firm order for 15 Flirt multiple-units and plans to procure up to 13 additional Flirt inter-city EMUs, 15 battery-electric Flirt trains with a 100km range and 11 battery-electric Flirt multiple-units with a 70km range.

In a first call-off, Stadler will deliver nine EMUs for inter-city services and six battery-electric trains for operation on non-electrified lines. Stadler will also provide technical support and supply spare parts for 10 years from the delivery of the last vehicle.

The nine Flirt inter-city EMUs are 93m-long five-car trains and include a bistro. Each train will seat up to 200 passengers, including 16 in first class. Each train will accommodate 14 to 30 bicycles depending on the season. A spacious baggage area and a toilet will also be provided.

The six Flirt battery-electric multiple-units will each be more than 65m long and will comprise three passenger coaches and a dedicated power car housing the traction batteries. Each vehicle will seat up to 128 passengers with space for six to 30 bicycles according to the season. The trains will have a toilet and vending machines selling snacks.

Both trains will cater to the needs of passengers with reduced mobility as they will be entirely step-free. They will be fitted with lifts to assist with the boarding of passengers in wheelchairs from the lowest platform heights and will have specially adapted toilets.

“Battery-powered trains adapted to harsh climate conditions and broad-gauge railways will be produced for the first time in Europe,” says Mr Linas Baužys, head of LTG Link’s passenger business.

Flirt milestone

Earlier this month, Stadler won a contract for four Flirt EMUs for the Italian region of Valle d’Aosta, marking the sale of the 2500th multiple-unit from the Flirt family of trains.

“Stadler has already sold over 2500 Flirt trains worldwide,” says Mr Peter Spuhler, executive chairman of the Stadler Group. “It is a tried and tested, reliable and comfortable model based on a lightweight modular design, that is available in a number of drive variants, meets the expectations of the most demanding customers and is environmentally friendly.”

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