[SI / Expert] KISS & FLIRT for Slovenia – Stadler to supply SŽ with 25 26 train sets [updatedx2]

Update #2 19.04.2018: Not 25, but 26 is the final number of trainsets that Stadler will supply to SŽ. The difference in the final number comes from one more FLIRT electric trainset than we initially reported, making the total number of those trains 11 and not 10. Also, we now have the full tech specs of each of the three train types. Scroll down below to view them.

Photo: Ministrstvo za infrastrukturo

Update #1 17.04.2018: Nice try Railcolor, but no, the new KISS and FLIRT trains for the Slovenian railways will not be painted red. Today the Ministry of Infrastructure released several images of Stadler’s proposition. We see silver and blue painted EMUs/DMUs with black areas around the windows. 

Photo: Ministrstvo za infrastrukturo

Earlier this month, Swiss media reported that the Slovenian railways (SŽ) are about to order 25 train sets from Stadler Rail. The deal has been previously approved by the SŽ supervisory board and is currently awaiting acceptance by the Slovenian Sovereign Holding (SSH).

Valued at 170 million EUR the contract includes the delivery of a total of 25 train sets:

    • 10x double-deck three-car KISS EMU trains for domestic use: 3 KV / DC

Update: The maximum speed of the trains is 160 km/h. They are 79.84 metres long, 2.80 metres wide and 4.63 metres high and can seat 292 passengers, including 16 in first class, and offer standing room for an additional 264 people. 18 seats in 2nd class and 4 seats in 1st class are reserved as priority seats for persons with reduced mobility according to TSI PRM regulations. There is also enough room for two wheelchairs and five bicycles in the double-decker vehicle. The middle car has a standard toilet as well as a toilet for persons with reduced mobility according to TSI PRM regulations. The vehicle has two powered bogies in the end car.

    • 11x single-deck four-car FLIRT EMU trains for cross-border operation: 3 kV DC for Slovenia & Italy / 15 kV AC for Austria / 25 kV AC for Croatia (the trains will be authorized to operatie in those countries)
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Update: The maximum speed is once again 160 km/h. They are 80.7 metres long, 2.82 metres wide and 4.12 metres high. The trains can seat 235 passengers, including 12 in first class, and offer standing room for an additional 227 people. 22 seats in 2nd class and 2 seats in 1st class are reserved as priority seats for persons with reduced mobility according to TSI PRM regulations. There is room for two wheelchairs and five bicycles in the vehicle. There is a toilet and a small compartment for the conductor in end car A. One of the middle cars also has a toilet for persons with reduced mobility according to TSI PRM regulations. Two powered bogies directly under the engine compartment in the end car ensure optimum traction.

    • 5x FLIRT diesel-electric DMU trains

Update: The DMUs are designed for a maximum speed of 140 km/h. They are 70.4 metres long, 2.82 metres wide and 4.12 metres high and can seat 171 passengers, including 12 in first class, and offer standing room for an additional 167 people. 16 seats in 2nd class and 2 seats in 1st class are reserved as priority seats for persons with reduced mobility according to TSI PRM regulations. The FLIRT DMU train also has enough room for two wheelchairs and five bicycles. There is a toilet and a small compartment for the conductor in end car A. The toilet for persons with reduced mobility according to TSI PRM regulations is located in the middle car. The vehicle has an additional car module, the power pack, which houses two Deutz diesel engines as well as part of the drive equipment. Two powered bogies directly under the engine compartment in the end car again ensure optimum traction.

Photo: Ministrstvo za infrastrukturo

Update: A notable feature of the contract is that the Slovenian state rail operator will be able to operate routes with mixed trains composed of single-decker and double-decker cars as well as using the single-decker vehicles in double traction.

“Stadler is very proud not only to be delivering trains to Slovenia for the first time, but also to be able to construct a complete series of different vehicles that have been coordinated with each other to form a uniform fleet.”

Peter Jenelten, Deputy Group CEO and Head of Marketing & Sales

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The newly acquired trains will replace the ageing rolling stock that the company is currently using (such as SŽ class 315), while also preparing the national railway carrier to meet the increasing passenger growth. An increase of 30% has been predicted by 2023.

Not red – Initial impression by Railcolor – there is no relation to Stadler or SŽ. Original photo by Stadler.

The tender was initially announced last June and at that time included an option for 25 additional trains. Stadler Rail was the only company that participated in the bidding process. Delivery is expected in the end of 2019 – mid 2020.

Photo: Ministrstvo za infrastrukturo