Wilco Vermeer's Dutch Rail / Passenger Trains / Stadler FLIRT

November 28th, 2016

Passenger Trains /
Stadler FLIRT

The Stadler FLIRT (Flinker Leichter Innovativer Regionaltriebzug = Fast Light Inoovative Regional Train) was constructed by the Swiss Stadler Rail company. The design was, based on the earlyer GTW (GelenkTriebWagen) originally constructed to meet the demands for the Swiss SBB who needed a new train for its S-Bahn in the cities Zug and Basel. Using the techniques of the GTW, Stadler desigened a complete new modular based traintype to compeet with the Bombardier design who also tried to gain the SBB order.
Stadler won the order with a train that was capable of fast excelleration, great breaking power and low in weight. The initial train was designed for speeds up to 160 km/h. The modular design made it an interesting type for customers in other countries to make changes upon their local wishes. The design makes it possible to make changes to the number of coaches (two to six), the maximum speed (120 up to 200 km/h), the floor height (55 or 76 cm), types or propulsion and even with or without seperate cabin doors for the trian driver. For all these specifics, the basic design is the same with the coaches connecting on a Jacobsbogie and propulsion in the bogies on both ends of the train. When requested an additional powered bogie can be added in the middle.
In 2013 the FLIRT design was upgraded to meet the demands of the European Commission's EN 15227-norm and the type became known as the FLIRT 3.

Although the design's starting point was the companies GTW design, technically the FLIRT became a completely different type. Throughout the year, the FLIRT became a popular traintype in Europe and several companies use or are going to use the type on the Dutch railroads.

Stadler FLIRT:
Passenger trains based on the Stadler Flirt type

Abellio ET 25

Arriva FLIRT

Connexion FLIRT

2201-2233 (3 coach trains)
2501-2525 (4 coach trains)

2010 - 2015

Syntus/Keolis FLIRT

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