Stadler will showcase three new UK trains at InnoTrans


Stadler will present world premieres with innovative and sustainable drive solutions in rail transport at InnoTrans in Berlin.

Innovative trains for customers around the world will be on display, including three new fleets for British Railways.

A tri-mode Class 756 FLIRT for Transport for Wales (TfW) will be unveiled on September 22. TfW ordered 35 FLIRT units in January 2019, 24 of which have tri-mode drive and can operate fully electrically under overhead line electrification (OLE), battery-electric or in hybrid mode with a diesel drive. The diesel drive is intended for exceptional use only; regular operation must be fully electric. The FLIRT trimodal vehicle fleet consists of seven three-car Class 756/0 trains and 17 four-car Class 756/1 trains.

The vehicles comply with the latest TSI standards and have been designed specifically to meet the requirements of TfW and the local infrastructure. The low-floor design allows level access to each door, making it easier and faster for passengers to board and alight. Ergonomic seats increase passenger comfort and are all equipped with a power outlet. All trains are equipped with air conditioning, storage space for wheelchairs, pushchairs and bicycles, as well as passenger information systems and Wi-Fi. The first Class 756s are currently making test trips and are expected to start passenger service before the end of the year.

Another TfW train on display will be a Class 398 Citylink tram-train. Stadler’s Citylink is a modular and accessible light rail system that connects city centers with surrounding conurbations without passengers having to change trains.

It allows operation on electrified lines and non-electrified lines using batteries. The vehicles are designed in such a way that they can be used on mainline railway lines as well as on metro and light rail lines. Thanks to the lithium-ion traction battery system, no costly infrastructure investment is required for the customer. The Citylink vehicle is 40 meters long and can carry 252 passengers. The high-floor vehicle has a driving position on each side and can reach speeds of 100 kilometers per hour. The bright and air-conditioned passenger compartments also offer multifunctional areas with a space for bicycles, seats for people with reduced mobility and two places for wheelchairs. Class 398 allows passengers to travel safely and comfortably without having to change trains.

The third fleet to launch will be the IPEMU Class 777 for Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Merseytravel. Liverpool City Region has ordered 53 Class 777 Underground trains from Stadler, seven of which are Independently Powered Electric Multiple Units (IPEMUs). These will be the first IPEMUs to be introduced into passenger service in the UK. These innovative, eco-friendly trains are based on the original METRO Class 777 vehicles and expand operations to non-electrified routes. With IPEMUs, infrastructure works can be avoided and passenger numbers can be increased through an integrated travel experience. IPEMUs can replace diesel-powered trains, helping regional and national authorities meet their CO2 reduction targets. Additionally, IPEMUs eliminate the need to change trains, resulting in an improved travel experience and reduced travel times for passengers. Each IPEMU is equipped with a battery energy storage system. The new battery traction equipment is housed in the chassis. While an IPEMU is running on the electrified network, the batteries are charged via the third rail or by regenerative braking. Charging time is less than 15 minutes and a battery is rated for over 10,000 charge and discharge cycles. The transition from all-electric to IPEMU driving is smooth and invisible to passengers during the ride.

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