Fahrzeugtechnik Dessau (FTD), as its name suggests, is based in Dessau in Germany, but since May 2006 it has formed part of the Transmashholding group of Moskva. Early in March 2006, just prior to this merger, the company was awarded a contract by Netherlands operator Connexxion for five 2-car 1,5 kV DC EMUs for local services, the prototype PROTOS unit making its debut at InnoTrans 2006. The first two of these trains, whose design is highly modular, entered service in September 2007.
PROTOS 5032 on Sunday 23 September 2007, its first day in commercial service, running as train 31340 on the Ede-Wageningen to Amersfoort service, near Terschuur on the Apeldoorn to Amers-foort line.
Photo: Quintus Vosman