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New Trains For Vysoké Tatry

17 Oct 2018 14:10
  • New Trains For Vysoké Tatry
  • New Trains For Vysoké Tatry

On 17 October 2018 Stadler announced that it is to deliver five rack-and-pinion/adhesion low-floor GTW EMUs and one multifunctional rack-and-pinion/adhesion multipurpose dual-power (electro/diesel) locomotive for ZSSK. The vehicles, shown in Štrbské Pleso, are destined for the TEŽ and OŽ metre-gauge networks and will start service in 2022.

First CalTrain Bodyshells

18 Sep 2018 08:26
  • First CalTrain Bodyshells

On 5 September 2018 the first bodyshells for the first CalTrain KISS EMU arrived from Switzerland (Altenrhein) at Stadler’s new Salt Lake City works for a final assembly.


12 Sep 2018 21:09

In summer 2018 the first two new EURODUAL locomotives being built for HVLE were completed at Stadler’s València works. In late August they were moved to the Wegberg-Wildenrath circuit where they are being subjected to tests. The photos show 159 001 and 002 there on 10 and 11 September 2018.

Ostrava’s Tango NF2 Testing Progress

16 Jul 2018 17:43
  • Ostrava’s Tango NF2 Testing Progress
  • Ostrava’s Tango NF2 Testing Progress

On 15 July 2018 the first nOVA tram, 1701, ended the first stage of trial operation without passengers (20,000 km), and now this will be followed by test commercial running, carrying passengers (for a further 20,000 km). In this photo taken at Poruba depot on 13 July 1701 is seen together with 1702 and 1704.

UK FLIRTs in Romania

03 Jul 2018 23:28
  • UK FLIRTs in Romania
  • UK FLIRTs in Romania

In early July Abellio East Anglia’s first four-car Class 755/4 FLIRT EDMU was moved from Bussnang to Romania, to the test circuit in Făurei. The photos show 755 401 at Curtici on 2 July 2018. Subsequently two more 755/4s will be sent to Făurei, to be tested there.

First Tango In Ostrava Streets

30 May 2018 22:15
  • First Tango In Ostrava Streets
  • First Tango In Ostrava Streets

On 30 May 2018 first Tango tram for DPO, 1701, made its first powered run through the streets of Ostrava. These photos show it between Poruba tram depot and Vřesinská, at Fakultní nemocnice (Faculty hospital) stop and on the return loop at Vřesinská. Test running will subsequently continue, with the Tango covering several hundred kilometres each day on the Ostrava network.

First New Rocky Mountaineer Carriage Sails For New World

23 Apr 2018 23:20
  • First New Rocky Mountaineer Carriage Sails For New World

In May 2015 luxury touring train operator Rocky Mountaineer ordered ten double deck panorama carriages from Stadler. These are now coming off the production line, and on 20 April 2018 the first carriage departed from Berlin-Westhafen on the first stage of their voyage to Canada. This photo shows RMRX 9541 at Westhafen being embarked from the low-loader which brought it from the Stadler Berlin-Reinickendorf works where it was built.

First nOVA Tram Arrives In Ostrava

23 Apr 2018 13:01
  • First nOVA Tram Arrives In Ostrava
  • First nOVA Tram Arrives In Ostrava
  • First nOVA Tram Arrives In Ostrava

On the night of 22/ 23 April 2018 DP Ostrava’s first Tango NF2 tram, 1701, arrived at the operator’s Martinov works, having travelled from Siedlce on board a low-loader. The first two photos in this sequence were taken on the morning of the 23rd while it was being prepared for unloading. The third view shows 1701 together with ČD Cargo’s 731.049, which had arrived at the Martinov works with four wagons loaded with rails for track relaying on the Ostrava tramway network. During the night of 23/24 April nOVA is to be moved to Poruba tram depot, in readiness for tests, scheduled to start on the 24th.

First nOVA Nears Completion

23 Mar 2018 13:08
  • First nOVA Nears Completion
  • First nOVA Nears Completion
  • First nOVA Nears Completion
  • First nOVA Nears Completion

On 22 March 2018 at Stadler Siedlce works was presented a two-car Tango NF2 tram, the first of 30, with an option (now confirmed) for ten more, being built for DPO. The name nOVA was chosen by Ostrava residents. These photos show the exterior of the practically finished tram, which is to be moved to Ostrava in mid-April.

The third photo shows the interior, also nearing completion. The seats fitted were of the type requested by DPO, being similar to those found in the operator’s other vehicles. The final photo also shows one of the bodyshells for the second nOVA at the final assembly stage. Also visible in this view is GYSEV’s future FLIRT 3 EMU, 435 509, being assembled.

First New-Generation GYSEV FLIRT Heads For TRAKO

22 Sep 2017 15:49
  • First New-Generation GYSEV FLIRT Heads For TRAKO

Just a year after the signing of the contract, the first of GYSEV’s new generation FLIRT EMUs left Stadler Polska’s Siedlce works, bound for Gdańsk in readiness for its debut at the TRAKO trade fair.