At InnoTrans, Swedish rail vehicle leasing firm Transitio and Stadler presented the new double-decker electric train for Mälardalstrafik (former Mälab), which will run starting 2019 on four lines in the Lake Malar region west of Stockholm under the brand name Mälartåg.
The 105m – trains can reach speeds of up to 200 km/h.
The vehicle can seat 357 passengers (total including tip-up seats) on comfortable, adjustable seats offering plenty of legroom. The passenger flow in the entrance area has been optimized, with intelligent separation into zones, offering an allergy zone, a quiet zone, a pet zone and a multifunctional zone for bicycles and bulky luggage, as well as a separate compartment for the conductor. The train is fitted with worktables, power outlets, WLAN, mobile signal amplifiers, a multimedia system and more.
The Mälardalstrafik double-decker train is particularly resistant to winter weather and its exceptional winter weather capabilities are a result of features including closed engine rooms, double-wall intercar angways, snow scrapers between the bogies and carriage bodies, a heat recovery system, floor heating and high-quality insulation.
In 2016, Transitio ordered 33 double-decker EMUs for Mälardalstrafik, with an option for a further 110 trains. This year, Transitio ordered an additional eight double-decker units to be used by Region Uppsala under the brand Upptåget, taking up an initial option from the contract.
In April 2016, Transitio ordered 33 double-decker electric multiple-units for Mälardalstrafik, with an option for a further 110 trains. The contract for the 33 trains is the first order placed as part of the framework agreement concluded by Transitio in 2014 with three suppliers for the procurement of regional rail vehicles. Stadler is the only supplier to have signed the framework agreement for two different vehicle types: the single-decker FLIRT and double-decker KISS. If necessary, Stadler KISS and FLIRT trains can be combined to form a mixed fleet. In February 2018 Transitio ordered an additional eight double-decker units to be used by Region Uppsala under the brand Upptåget, taking up an initial option from the contract.
The most recent double-decker train will be put into commercial operation on the routes between Stockholm, Eskilstuna and Örebro, Stockholm, Katrineholm and Hallsberg, Stockholm, Nyköping and Norrköping, as well as between Sala, Västerås, Eskilstuna and Linköping.