Swedish authorities buy Alstom EMUs

Posted on December 12, 2008

Swedish rolling stock company AB Transitio placed a $197 million (USD)order with Alstom for 23 regional Coradia Nordic trains to be used by public transport authorities Norrtåg AB in Northern Sweden and Västtrafik AB in the region of Västra Götaland (southwest of Sweden).

The new trains for Norrtåg will serve the new lines between Sundsvall-Umea and Umea-Lulea as well as the existing Sundsvall-Östersund-Storlien and Lulea-Kiruna lines. The order is part of the 10-year rail development plan for the northern part of Sweden. The trains for Västtrafik will operate between Kungsbacka-Gothenburg-Alingsås.

The new Coradia Nordic EMUs (Electric Multiple Unit) have four articulated cars and can reach approximately 112 miles per hour. The trainsets will be designed and assembled at Alstom’s Salzgitter site in Germany while the ONIX traction system will be constructed at the site in Tarbes, France. They will be delivered by autumn 2010.

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