Stadler strengthens presence in Hungary
Swiss manufacturer Stadler Rail increased its presence in Hungary. The company has accomplished the delivery of 10 Flirt trains to the Hungarian regional rail operator GySEV. As a result, the number of Flirt vehicles running in the country increased to 143 units. Of them, 20 trains serve the GySEV in northeastern Hungary and western Austria while 123 trains run under the brand of Hungarian State Railways (MÁV).
GySEV ordered the second batch of 10 Flirt electric units in September 2016. The four-car vehicles were manufactured at two Stadler’s facilities: the car bodies and the bogies were produced at the factory in Szolnok, Hungary, while the final assembly was performed at the factory in Siedlce, Poland. The first batch of 10 Flirt trains was ordered in 2012-2013. The new trainsets can be operated as separate trains or in multiple-unit train control. The rail operator is able to join two or even three trains together.
The Flirt trains delivered to GySEV have a seating capacity for 208 passengers. The units provide an advanced cooling heating system, security cameras, Wi-Fi, sockets for charging electronic devices and box seats suitable for regional transport. The vehicles have also multifunctional areas for carrying the wheelchairs (for passengers with reduced mobility), bicycles and prams. The Flirt trains are compliant with TSI standards and the latest collision norms. The vehicles have a maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour. However, the GySEV regional lines have a limit of 120 kilometres per hour.
GySEV was founded in 1875 to provide service in northeastern Hungary. The company is jointly owned by Hungary and Austria: 66,5 per cent belong to the Hungarian government, 28.6 per cent – to the Austrian government and 4.8 per cent – to Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). In Austria, GySEV is known as Raaberbahn due to a different name of the city Győr (in German it sounds as Raab) where the company’s headquarter is located. The company serve several routes in northeastern Hungary connecting major cities in region – Győr, Sopron and Szombathely. Also, GySEV provides two cross-border lines to Austria: from Győr to Ebenfurth and from Fertőszentmiklós to Neusiedl am See.