AB Transitio, Tåg i Bergslagen and Stadler have signed in Stockholm the contract for the procurement of 7 additional double-decker Dosto trains. The four-car trains are expected to be delivered starting the end of 2022 and in 2023 the delivery will be completed.
Designed to maximise passenger comfort, these trains are spacious, stylish and modern. The four-car trainsets have a capacity of 333 seats, and 25 folding seats.
Saloons are light airy, the entrance areas are generously proportioned and staircases are wide so that travellers can get on and off easily. They feature a sliding step, to make getting on and off easier for wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility, luggage or push-chairs.
There is more storage space than on most trains. Individual reading lamps and two power sockets are built in at each seat. Carriages are ‘pressure-managed’ to avoid discomfort for passengers when travelling through tunnels and are sound-proofed.
The trains are built to promote decarbonisation, accommodate the severe Swedish winters and to provide high levels of passenger comfort. To manage the trains’ carbon footprint, carriages are made of aluminium profile. This keeps trains relatively light in weight to minimise energy consumption and at the same time, meet all safety requirements, including crashworthiness.
Up to four trains can be coupled together to promote environmental efficiency. Trains feature regenerative braking system. This involves an extremely powerful electric brake, which returns a large part of the energy used to the electrical braking system. Trains feature air-cooled, dry transformers, as opposed to ones powered by oil.
The EMUs are designed to run in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius and with 80cm of snow on the track. They can do this thanks to inter-carriage connections with twin bellows, large snow ploughs, made specifically for this train, as well as efficient floor- and wall-heating systems and specially adapted insulation. Trains are fitted with carpeting made from absorbent material, which dries quickly, thanks to the underfloor heating system. The underframes of the trains have been designed to reduce freezing and the accumulation of snow and ice. The pantograph has been developed to cope with winter conditions.
“For our travellers, this means higher comfort and a better travel experience. After trying the trains, I can state that they run smoothly and nicely even on older tracks where our other vehicles run significantly worse. The fact that the DOSTO trains are also built for Swedish conditions and can withstand both minus degrees and snow on the tracks without problems feels reassuring,” Maja Rapp, CEO of Tåg i Bergslagen, said.
When receiving the new EMUs, Tåg i Bergslagen will have the same trains that Mälardalstrafik is already operating. With this acquisition, the Sweden rolling stock fleet delivered by Stadler reaches 60 double-decker Dosto trains which will operate country’s rail network. The first order for this type of trains for Sweden was in 2016 for 33 vehicles. It was followed by others in 2018 and 2020.