Slovenian Railways has ordered from Stadler 16 three-car diesel-electric trains (DMU) and 10 four-car electric trains (EMU), valuated at EUR 150 million, including warranty services. This order for 26 additional Flirt multiple units is part of a contract signed in 2018 for the delivery of a mixed fleet of single and double-deck trains – Flirt and Kiss trains.
The new trains will provide cross-border passenger transport services, with both configurations scheduled to be approved in Slovenia, Croatia and Austria.
The three-car Flirt DMUs will be designed as regional vehicles to travel at a maximum speed of 140 km/h. The trains have an additional car module, the power pack, which houses the diesel engines as well as part of the drive equipment.
To a large extent, the configuration of the 7 four-car electric Flirt trains will also be identical to that of the vehicles from the original order. As regional vehicles intended to travel at a maximum speed of 160 km/h. For operation in Slovenia, Croatia and Austria, they will be equipped as three-system trains for three different power systems – 3 kV direct current, 15 kV and 25 kV alternating current.
With this order, Slovenian Railways expands its fleet to 52 new trains and plans to gradually put the multiple units from the option into operation from October 2021.
Once the vehicles have been commissioned, the operator will have a national fleet comprising 21 four-car electric three-system Flirt, 21 three-car diesel-electric Flirt and 10 double-deck Kiss trains. What is unusual is that the Slovenian state rail operator will be able to operate routes in Slovenia with mixed compositions of single-deck and double-deck trains or choose to use the single-deck vehicles in double traction.