Norske tog and Stadler have signed the contract for the supply of 17 8-car Flirt Nordic Express trains including options for a total of up to 100 Flirt trains. The new trains are intended for long-distance services throughout Norway from 2026 replacing the existing fleet on the Bergen line.
In February, Norske tog announced that the contract for the manufacture and delivery of 17 single-decker multiple units had been awarded to Stadler, and following the expiry of the objection period, the two companies signed the contract.
The new eight-car trains offer space for up to 542 seats and can reach a maximum speed of 200 km/h. Depending on the area of use, the trains can run on an electric or a bi-modal drive. The latter allows operation even on non-electrified lines.
When developing the new trains, Stadler placed great emphasis on travel comfort – for both day and night journeys. The trains offer seats that are adjustable on both sides, flexible sleeping compartments, bistro and family areas, and ample space for luggage. Passengers can choose between reclining sleeper seats and sleeping compartments with two or four beds. During the day, the sleeping compartments can be converted into private seating areas for families and business travellers alike. The reclining seats can be used both during the day and at night.
“We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Stadler. The Flirt trains are already the backbone of the Norwegian railway, and we are certain that the new Flirt Nordic Express trains will be an important contribution in making train the most desirable way of travel in Norway,” Øystein Risan, the CEO of Norske tog said, adding that the new trains will “make the journey to an enjoyable experience, not just a way of transport.”
The new trains will be manufactured in Norway like the Norske tog’s existing Flirt fleet.
“Stadler is extremely proud to supply the next generation of long-distance trains to Norway – the FLIRT Nordic Express. We would like to sincerely thank Norske tog for their trust in us and we look forward to continuing our mutual success story and working together on this project,” Ansgar Brockmeyer, Executive Vice President Marketing & Sales and Deputy Group CEO from Stadler said.
Recently, Stadler delivered Norske tog the 150th Flirt train.