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ABB to provide traction equipment worth $85 million for fleet expansions of Stadler Rail trains


 The new business follows earlier orders from rail operators to expand their existing fleets of Stadler trains for the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Luxemburg State Railways (CFL) and the Dutch State Railways (NS). The traction equipment will be installed in a total of 90 electric trains, including double-decker ‘KISS’ (for comfortable innovative speedy suburban in German) and regional ‘FLIRT’ (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train) trains for both suburban and intercity routes.

SBB and CFL already have Stadler trains with ABB traction equipment in successful and reliable daily operation in Switzerland and Luxembourg. The new order includes powerful and energy efficient traction converters with integrated power supplies, traction transformers, and battery chargers for 19 new double-decker trains for SBB’s S-Bahn in Zurich. Luxembourg’s CFL is expanding their existing Stadler double-decker KISS fleet for 15 kV alternating current (kVAC) and 25 kVAC line voltage for cross-border service between Luxembourg and Germany with additional 11 double-decker trains with ABB traction converters and traction transformers.

ABB will also supply lightweight, tailor-made compact traction converters with integrated onboard power supplies for electric Stadler trains for NS operating in the commuter and regional transport system nationwide. This particular order underscores Stadler and ABB’s long-term partnership and competitive flexibility with short delivery times by offering a fully proven vehicle concept with standardized traction technology platform. The trains will be delivered by the end of 2016.