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BREAKING: Stadler Introduces KISS Unit for Slovakia for the First Time

BREAKING: Stadler Introduces KISS Unit for Slovakia for the First Time
photo: Stadler/Stadler Introduces KISS Unit for Slovakia for the First Time
08 / 06 / 2023

Stadler and the Slovak railway company ŽSSK jointly presented the first electrically powered double-decker KISS unit to the public at the Rail Business Days trade fair in Ostrava. The six-car vehicles are intended for operation on regional lines in western and central Slovakia, especially around Žilina, Kut and Nové Zámky. It will be the first time Stadler's double-decker units will operate on the Slovak rail network. According to the contract, four new KISS units are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2023.

"We are very pleased to present our reliable, safe and comfortable double-decker KISS unit for Slovakia in Ostrava today. Both the railway operator and passengers will benefit equally from modern vehicles. We are particularly proud to be able to build on our previous cooperation with ŽSSK with this order. We thank ŽSSK for their trust and look forward to another successful partnership," said Martin Halmo, Sales Director for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, at the presentation of the train.


ŽSSK's fleet already includes 21 Stadler single-decker articulated coaches (GTW), of which 15 narrow-gauge articulated coaches with electric drive have been in operation in the High Tatras since 2001. Six standard gauge articulated cars with diesel-electric drive have been operating on the Bratislava - Dunajská Streda route since 2003. Since 2021, five GTW rack-and-pinion units and one multifunctional rack-and-pinion locomotive have also been running for ŽSSK on the rack-and-pinion and rack-and-pinion network of the electric mountain railway TEŽ with a metre gauge in the High Tatras, "the smallest mountains in the world."
"If we want people to switch from a comfortable car to the railway, we must offer them similarly comfortable and reliable modern trains," said Roman Koreň, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of ŽSSK. I am pleased that after delivering reliable Tatra trains we are now cooperating with Stadler again. I believe our cooperation will run smoothly this time as well," he added.

The six-car KISS vehicles are 155 metres long and have more than 600 seats in first and second class. Like all Stadler KISS units, they are characterised by high driving power and fast acceleration. With electric traction driven by catenary, the KISS unit can reach a top speed of up to 160 kilometres per hour. The trains have wheelchair-accessible boarding and four toilets, one of which is designed for people with reduced mobility. The multifunctional compartments not only offer space for wheelchair users but also generous storage space for bicycles, strollers and luggage.

The new KISS units are equipped with air conditioning for the passenger compartment and driver's cabins. Passengers can enjoy a state-of-the-art passenger information system and WiFi. Indoor and outdoor cameras, and cameras on the roof that monitor the pantograph, ensure the safe operation on the railway. The vehicles are also equipped with a certified energy metering system and an accurate passenger counting system. Drivers have access to a modern and ergonomically designed driver's cab.

Source: Stadler