New generation FLIRT for GYSEV rolled-in in Hungary.(Stadler)

(Stadler Images)

Stadler and GYSEV have introduced today the first unit of the ten new generation FLIRT EMU that the regional railway operator ordered a year ago. The new 4-car low floor electric multiple units will enter service after the homologation period expected by the middle of 2018 on the regional lines of Western-Hungary. With this order GYSEV will have altogether 20 FLIRT in its fleet covering the whole regional service of the railway company.

GYSEV launched a public tender for the procurement of ten low-floor electric trains in 2016, which was won by the consortium of Stadler’s Swiss and Polish subsidiaries. The delivery contract was signed in September of last year, and barely one year later the first unit was already presented to the professional public on Poland’s railway exhibition TRAKO in Gdansk this year. At the moment two FLIRTs are in Hungary for homologation. The first units will enter operation by the middle of 2018, while the tenth FLIRT will start commercial service by January 2019.

Together with the ten FLIRT GYSEV procured within the frames of earlier tenders between 2013 and 2015, the railway operator will have a fleet of altogether 20 FLIRT. The new and older FLIRTs will be able to run in synchronous operation, giving extensive flexibility to GYSEV to organize the timetable.

The new generation 4-car FLIRT trains will have 208 seats, two toilets and meet the latest requirements of TSI and crash norms. The length of the new units will be 77.1 meter, 2.8 meter longer than the former FLIRT trains, of GYSEV. Their final speed is 160 km/h, and they will be able to reach 120 km/h within 39 seconds. The trains will be equipped with the latest standards of passenger comfort, including bright and multifunctional boarding areas, WIFI, power USB sockets for the charging of laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.