UK operator Greater Anglia has released images of one of its new FLIRT trains being put through its paces at the Velim railway test circuit in the Czech Republic.
Stadler is building 58 new trains for the train company, 38 bi-mode and 20 electric trains, and all are being tested at Velim.
At the centre, technicians are checking the performance and operation of the train’s voltage levels, brakes, traction system and pantographs. They are also measuring noise levels and electro-magnetic emissions.
Testing started in May in Erlen, Switzerland, and is currently being conducted at various specialist sites in Europe, including Faurei, Romania, and Halle, Germany.
Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: “It’s really exciting to be able to see the first of our Stadler trains in action. We’re sure that these trains will transform train travel in East Anglia.”
The bi-mode trains will run on regional routes in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, while the electric trains will replace the current Intercity and Stansted Express trains. The first train is expected to enter passenger service in the middle of 2019.
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