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Stadler Delivers FLIRT for the Rheingau Express

Stadler Delivers FLIRT for the Rheingau Express
photo: Stadler on LinkedIn/Stadler Delivers FLIRT for the Rheingau Express
19 / 01 / 2023

Stadler delivers eight FLIRT vehicles to VIAS for use on the Rheingau-Express lines.

The vehicles will be leased on a long-term basis by Alpha Trains to VIAS RAIL GmbH (VIAS), a subsidiary of the RATH Group. In addition, there is an option for a further train. The electric multiple units will run on the RE 19 and RB 10 lines along the Rhine between Koblenz, Neuwied and Frankfurt from 2025.

Stadler has been awarded the contract to supply eight four-car FLIRTs with extra-long car bodies for use on the new RE 19 regional express line between Koblenz and Frankfurt and the RB 10 line from Neuwied to Frankfurt. The award of the contract was preceded by the award of the network to VIAS by the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH (RMV). The order increases the number of FLIRT vehicles in the VIAS fleet to 27 trains.

The FLIRT multiple units offer space for up to 512 passengers, 230 seated. Three spacious multi-purpose areas allow the transport of up to 12 bicycles, prams or wheelchairs per train. The trains have six boarding areas, thus, ensuring a quick change of passengers. The service centre car with the spaces for wheelchairs has an optimised boarding area for platforms at 550 mm. height. The vehicles are also equipped with a lift so that barrier-free boarding and alighting are ensured regardless of the respective platform height. Energy-efficient air-conditioning systems, power sockets in all passenger areas and free passenger WLAN ensure a pleasant journey.

"With the modern railcars of the FLIRT3 XL series, we provide our passengers on the Rheingau Express with an attractive and comfortable travel option. The vehicles are an excellent addition to our existing fleet. We are pleased to be able to continue our long-standing cooperation with Stadler Deutschland. We are also delighted to have gained a new competent partner in Alpha Trains," says Franz Reh, Managing Director of VIAS Rail GmbH.

"We are looking forward to the long-term partnership with our new customer, VIAS Rail GmbH (VIAS). The cooperation up to the signing of the contract was extremely professional and committed and showed that our companies are "on the same wavelength". These are the best preconditions to be able to implement this temporally challenging project together on schedule and successfully, as there was only one month between the legally binding award of the transport contract and the signing of the leasing contract," says Thomas Schmidt, Managing Director of Alpha Trains Europa GmbH.

The state-of-the-art vehicles will be equipped with the latest version of the Guardia train control system. ETCS solution from Stadler has, so far, been used on trains in various European countries, including Switzerland, Poland, Hungary and Slovenia.

"We are proud to once again deliver vehicles of the proven FLIRT series to VIAS with the order for the Rheingau Express. Equipping the trains with the state-of-the-art Guardia train protection system helps to significantly improve cycle times and connections," says Jure Mikolčić, CEO of Stadler Division Germany.

Source: Stadler Press Releases

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