Swedish carriers AB Transitio, Tåg i Bergslagen and Swiss train manufacturer Stadler have signed a contract to deliver seven additional double-decker trains.
Stadler has already sold 53 KISS trains in Sweden, which means that soon 60 Stadler trains will be running across the country. The trains are designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and have been developed for use in harsh, wintry Scandinavian climates.
Yesterday a signing ceremony for seven additional double-decker trains was held in Stockholm, in the presence of executives from Stadler, buyer AB Transitio and carrier Tåg i Bergslagen.
The seven double-decker trains consist of four wagons and will be delivered at the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023. They feature spacious interiors, elegant, modern and comfortable. The train is also equipped with wide ramps so that passengers can get on and off easily. In addition, there is also more luggage space than other Swedish trains. Reading lights and two power outlets are built into each seat.
The carriages are pressurized to avoid inconvenience to passengers when traveling through tunnels and are soundproofed. They also have a retractable ramp to make it easier for wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility, baggage or wheelchairs to get in and out. A maximum of four trains can be linked together on the schedule.
Reducing carbon emissions
To reduce carbon emissions, his carriages are made of aluminum. This keeps the trains relatively lightweight to reduce energy consumption while meeting all safety requirements, including the ability to crash. The trains have a special braking system that returns a significant part of the energy consumed to the electric braking system.
Built for harsh winters
These trains are designed to operate in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees and 80 cm of snow on the track. They can do this thanks to a double blower, a fitted snow blower, underfloor heating systems, walls and specially adapted insulation. Train undercarriages are designed to reduce freezing and the buildup of snow and ice. The trot has also been specially adapted to avoid frost problems on the catenary, where the train cannot contact the chain.
The first order for KISS double-decker buses for Sweden was in 2016 for 33 units. More followed in 2018 and 2020, bringing the number to 53. In total there are 420 DOSTO trains in 11 countries, including Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Luxembourg.
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