Slovenske železnice orders more Flirt trains
Slovenian railway operator Slovenske železnice (SŽ) has ordered another 26 Flirt trains to be supplied by Stadler Rail. The current deal costs 150 million Euros. These trains will be entered into service since October 2021.
A new contract is an option of the agreement concluded in April 2018. Last year, Slovenske Železnice ordered the mixed fleet of 26 Flirt and Kiss trains from Stadler Rail. “The modernisation of passenger trains and the upgrading of the railway network are very important for the provision of the modern rail public transport in Slovenia. The total value of last year’s and the current purchase of new trains is 320 million euros. Thanks to them, we will provide the services comparable to those in the most developed countries,” said Dušan Mes, CEO of Slovenske železnice.
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Stadler Flirt and Kiss trains for Slovenske železnice, source: Slovenske železnice.
The current order provides the delivery of both diesel-electric and electric Flirt trains. Both configurations will be certified for the operations in Slovenia, Croatia. 16 diesel-electric units will be supplied in a three-car composition. They will be able to speed up to 140 kilometres per hour.
The electric Flirts will have four cars and be a little more hurry: they can reach a maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour. The electric trains will be the multisystem vehicles to be operated on three different networks: 3 kilovolts direct current (Slovenia), 15 kilovolts and 25 kilovolts alternating current (Austria and Croatia respectively).
Together with a new order, Slovenske Železnice will receive 21 four-car electric Flirt trains, 21 three-car diesel-electric Flirt trains and 10 double-deck Kiss trains.