[NL / Expert] CAF ‘Sprinter’ trains arrive in the Netherlands – testing commences [updated]

This month, the first ‘Sprinter Nieuwe Generatie’ EMUs have arrived in the Netherlands. Unit no. 2701 and 2703 (both 4-car) and 2301 (3-car) were transported from the VUZ Velim test center in the Czech Republic to the Netherlands. Time to have a closer look at these new CAF trains for the Dutch railways (NS).

During the next years, NS will receive 118 SNG units from CAF. The first ones will be commissioned in 2018. It is the third new generation of ‘Sprinter’ trains that will enter service. Siemens/Bombardier delivered the SLT series during the past decade to replace the ‘Mat ’64’ EMUs. Stadler Rail was asked to come with a quick intermediate solution for the shortage of rolling stock NS is currently facing, resulting in a short-term delivery of 58 FLIRT trains. The new CAF trains are the result of a tender issued in 2013. These trains will replace ageing original ‘Sprinter’ trains from the 70’s (series 2100/2900, type name SGM) and make sure the NS fleet has sufficient rolling stock for short distance services for the near future.

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