In March 2008 Swedish rail operator Östgötatrafiken ordered five 4-car EMUs for passenger services in the Östergötland region. In 2012 the fleet was expanded as eight more EMUs were ordered. Today, Alstom published that it will built another three trains for Östgötatrafiken, known for its liveru with the large orange and red circles.
The new trains will be delivered in spring 2019 and they will be built in Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Germany. Alstom is currently delivering an addiditonal 30 trains to Skånetrafiken and the new units for Östgötatrafiken will be an add-on to that production line.
Currently, Arriva (Deutsche Bahn) is the operator of the lines Norrköping – Linköping – Mjölby – Tranås/Motala on behalf of Östgötatrafiken. They have a contract until 2020. The EMUs Alstom is building for this line are of the ‘Coradia Nordic’ type, a member of Alstom Coradia family optimised for the (weather) conditions in Scandinavia. The are 74.300 mm long and have a top speed of 160 km/u.
The different orders for Alstom for Östgötatrafiken:
- 5x ordered in March 2008, in service since 2010 – X61 201-205
- 8x ordered in September 2012, in service since 2015 – X61 206-213
- Alstom mentions 15 EMUs now in service with Östgötatrafiken, this includes 2 units originally ordered by Jönköpings länstrafik in 2008 – X61 301 and 302.
- 3x ordered in November 2017
Since June 2015 Alstom is also responsible for the maintenance of the Östgötatrafiken Coradia Nordic fleet. A 10-year deal was closed in 2014, initially covering maintenance on 13 units. The work is done at the depot in Boxholm.