Sunday, 26 September 2021

Kingsbridge Running Day 2021

Ken Jones visited the 2021 Kingsbridge Running Day on 18th September and has kindly sent the following photos of the event.

The Running Day was centred on Kingsbridge Bus Station on the Quay, operating services from 11.00 until 18.00.

The extensive network and full timetable gave visitors the opportunity to ride on a range of vehicles to spectacular coast and country destinations all around Kingsbridge and the South Hams. 
The routes were formerly operated by the Great Western Railway Road Motors, the Western National Omnibus Company and/or other local operators such as Noyce, Tally Ho Coaches and the Coleridge Community Bus.

Free feeder services operated on the day of the event, to and from Totnes Railway Station, co-ordinated with connecting train and bus services.

Thanks yet again to Ken Jones for keeping us supplied with photographs from the events now taking place after the end of lockdown.
If you are attending transport events this year please feel free to email photos to 

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Equipmake and Beulas Unveil State-of-the-art Double Decker Electric Bus With Up To 250 Miles of Zero Emission Range

Commercial vehicle electrification specialist, Equipmake, has launched a state-of-the-art electric bus, Jewel E, in partnership with Spanish coachbuilder Beulas, boasting up to 250 miles of range.

Featuring a cutting-edge British-built electric powertrain designed and developed at Equipmake’s purpose-built facility in Norfolk, with the body produced by Beulas in Girona, Spain, the manufacturers say that the Jewel E is a cost-effective and highly efficient electric double decker bus that will help to reduce local emissions in urban environments, improve air quality and reduce running costs for operators. 

It will also help meet ever-increasing enormous demand: the global electric bus market is expected to accelerate from 300,000 vehicles per annum to one million by 2030. 
Set to be manufactured from 2022 at an all-new facility in Norfolk, Jewel E will not only bring new jobs to the area but play a key role in helping UK Government achieve its target of introducing at least 4,000 more British-built zero emission buses into the UK market by 2024, through its Bus Back Better national strategy.

Globally-proven state-of-the-art e-powertrain
Under the skin lies Equipmake’s advanced propulsion technology – Zero Emission Drivetrain (ZED) – which is modular and scale-able, capable of supporting different bus sizes. ZED is already being used in single decker form on the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of an Equipmake partnership with Agrale.

Packaged according to specific applications to optimise space for battery/kWh, ZED now underpins Jewel E – the next step in Equipmake’s strategic plan to grow its line-up of advanced electric powertrains and vehicles.

Integrated into the Jewel E chassis ZED is the company’s HTM 3500 motor, which combines high torque with low motor speeds, and is fitted directly onto the propshaft negating the need for a separate gearbox.

Producing maximum torque of 3,500Nm at just 1,000rpm and offering maximum power of 400kW, it is driven by a Semikron SKAI inverter with energy stored in a variety of customer-specified lithium-ion battery pack options of up to 543kWh, the largest battery of any single axle double decker electric bus in the world, giving a maximum range of up to 250 miles, enabling more than enough daily operating mileage.

Jewel E efficiency is made possible by one of the most efficient thermal management systems on the market, which keeps the motor, inverter and battery at optimum operating temperature, featuring a water-glycol cooling circuit augmented by the capture of thermal energy to heat the interior in cold conditions. 
When the battery is depleted it can be simply recharged at the depot overnight using a CSS DC charging point.

First EV bus to meet TfL 2024 bus safety standard requirements

In London alone, buses on the capital city’s streets cover over 475 million kilometres a year, keeping people mobile and connected, forming an integral part of the transport network. Specifically developed for demanding daily usage cycles, Jewel E is the first EV bus to meet the latest Transport for London (TfL) bus safety standard specifications and requirements for 2024, including enhanced safety features to give the public, drivers and passengers piece of mind. It is suitable for operation in both London and the surrounding UK provinces.

Equipmake has worked with Spanish coachbuilder Beulas, which is manufacturing the Jewel E double decker body. Testing of Jewel E begins in Q4 2021 with in-service trials expected to take place in Q1 2022. Manufacture and sales of Jewel E will begin in 2022.

Ian Foley, Managing Director, Equipmake said: “Improving urban air quality is a global problem. At the same time, operators want vehicles that are cost-effective and highly efficient, while Governments and local bodies need bus manufacturers to bring advanced technology to market quickly. Equipmake has taken all of this into account and the result is our innovative new EV double decker, Jewel E.

“Featuring our cutting-edge ZED powertrain, it has up to 250 miles electric range, yet is cost-effective too. Set to be built at an all-new manufacturing facility near to our home in Snetterton, Norfolk, it will bring new jobs to the local area and has the potential to play a crucial role in supporting the Government’s commitment to introduce 4,000 EV buses in the coming three years. 
What’s more it’s also the first EV bus to meet TfL’s tough 2024 regulations too. And with demand increasing globally for electric buses, we believe it provides the right solution both nationally and internationally.”

Dolors Beulas, Managing Director, Beulas said: “We are delighted to be working with Equipmake on this innovative project. Its Zero Emission Drivetrain is state-of-the-art, offering exceptional efficiency yet is cost-effective too.

“Beulas is a leader in passenger transportation in Europe, and with Jewel E, we are further consolidating our position, launching a cutting edge zero emission bus that has huge potential to improve urban air quality.”

Equipmake provides EV technology to automotive OEMs and specialist supercar makers, producing everything from industry-leading high-performance electric motors to inverters and power electronic systems, all the way up to complete EV drivetrains, while also operating across marine, off-highway, emergency vehicles and aerospace.

Its purpose-built R&D facility, located next to the Snetterton motor racing circuit, allows Equipmake to deliver the complete electric mobility solution – whatever the sector – offering the capability to design, test and manufacture everything from motors to fully electrified platforms. 
It also sources and supplies the most advanced lithium-ion batteries, creating entire electric drivetrains for an increasingly international customer base.

Friday, 24 September 2021

National Rail is Now Sending Travel Updates Through WhatsApp

Exclusive to National Rail users, Alert Me is a unique, personalised, disruption messaging tool brought to you via either Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.

National Rail provides customers with real-time, personalised information in times of disruption or if social distancing on their chosen services is predicted to be difficult. This is part of the rail industry’s commitment to put customers in control of their journeys and help provide a better experience so they can travel with confidence.

Customers can sign up to Alert Me by either Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp via the ‘Keep Me Updated’ buttons on the National Rail website. These buttons will appear when searching for a journey on the live departure boards or when looking in the details of a service within the journey planner.

Customers who sign up will be sent tailored information about their journey including details of alternative trains should their next or planned service be cancelled or delayed, or when social distancing is predicted to be difficult. Alternative services by the same Operator will be provided (when available) and alternative journeys on other Operators may also be shown when possible. Please check that your ticket is valid before boarding alternative services.

The technology being used was created by transport tech specialists, Zipabout. It uses a range of industry data feeds, direct input from Operators and journey planning data, and predicts how busy a service is likely to be by analyzing customer information and comparing it with historic trends. It also uses proprietary intelligence to make sure the information customers receive is relevant to their journey.

Instructions for use

- Visit the National Rail website and enter travel details as normal.

- Click the 'Keep me updated by WhatsApp' icon.

- Chose the journey you want to receive updates on.

- Enter your phone number to receive a WhatsApp message from National Rail.

Customers that do not have Facebook or WhatsApp will still be able to receive updates about their journey via National Rail Twitter, SMS and the National Rail app.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

24 More Urbino 12 Electric Urbino's for Barcelona

Public transport operator for the Barcelona metropolitan area has opted once again for more Solaris 
electric buses. 

24 Urbino 12 electric vehicles will make their way to the capital of Catalonia by the end of 2022. The value of the contract, concluded as a result of a tender, stands at over €12m.

With the appropriate configuration of batteries and infrastructure the Solaris Urbino vehicles  can operate for up to 24 hours a day. 
Their low noise emissions and vibration level make them particularly suited for use in the centres of large cities. 
The residents of Barcelona have already had the opportunity to see for themselves thanks to 19 articulated Urbino 18m electric buses that have joined the public transport fleet so far. Now, the number of Solaris vehicles in the fleet will grow by 24 standard-length Urbino 12 electric buses.

The vehicles to be delivered to the capital city of Catalonia will be powered by Solaris High Energy batteries with a total capacity of over 400 kWh. They will be recharged both by means of a pantograph and plug-in technology. The buses will be powered by an electric central motor.

Their additional equipment will include automatic driver assistance systems such as the Mobileye Shield+ and the MirrorEye systems. The former allows risks related to the vehicle’s blind spot to be eliminated. Thanks to the cameras placed on both its sides, the driver receives warnings of pedestrians and cyclists located nearby. 

The MirrorEye is, in turn, a system of cameras that replace the rear- and side-view mirrors. Apart from ensuring optimal visibility regardless of weather conditions, as well as at night, they also reduce the total width of the bus, which is particularly important on narrow streets or with increased road traffic. The vehicles will also feature a passenger counting device that will allow the carrier to collect data on passenger flows in buses.

Petros Spinaris, member of the Management Board of Solaris Bus & Coach for Sales, Marketing and Customer Service said “We are very much looking forward to the next chapter in our collaboration with TMB in Barcelona. For us, this is a token of trust and the best proof of the high quality of our products. The capital of Catalonia is another city in a long list of European cities to implement sustainable development and we are proud that Solaris’s vehicles can be part of this process”.

It was in 2015 that Solaris vehicles first made their way to the fleet of the operator Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB). All of the Solaris vehicles the carrier has ever ordered have hybrid or electric drives. 
The last order carried out for the client was the delivery of 14 Urbino 18 electric buses in 2020 and 2021.

Solaris is a European leader in the production and sales of low- and zero-emission buses.
The electric buses are extremely quiet, locally emission-free and ensure low operating costs. 

 Almost 3000 zero-emission Solaris vehicles, including over 1000 electric buses, have already rolled out onto the streets of various European countries.

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

New Climate Hero Visits Glasgow Central

Glasgow Central has showcased a major step forward in the reduction of carbon in rail freight.

As part of Scotland’s Climate week 2021 and fuelled by hydro-treated vegetable oil (HVO), DB Cargo’s “I am a Climate Hero” locomotive was displayed in the station enabling anyone to see up close the latest development in cleaner, greener freight trains and raise awareness of the environmental benefits of modal shift to rail.

The environmental benefits of moving goods by rail rather than by road are already substantial, with freight trains replacing several million lorry movements in Scotland each year.

DB Cargo UK, which operates services to and from one of Scotland’s largest rail freight terminals at Mossend, North Lanarkshire, is amplifying those benefits even further by using HVO.

The environmentally-friendly Class 66 locomotive could be seen close up from on Wednesday 15 September on platform 11.

Transport Minister Graeme Dey said:

“I’m pleased the Climate Hero Locomotive has arrived in Glasgow Central Station during the Scottish Government’s Climate Week to help highlight our vision for future rail freight.

We want to see a competitive rail freight sector playing an increasing role in Scotland’s ambition for a net zero, sustainable, inclusive economy by providing a safer, greener and more efficient way of transporting products and materials.

“Considerable work has been undertaken by public and private sector partners since the publication of our Rail Freight Strategy in 2016 to support and promote sustainable rail freight growth in Scotland.

The rolling programme of efficient electrification supports the key role that rail freight has to play in helping to achieve our climate change objectives and it is encouraging to see that the rail industry is also taking forward decarbonisation measures.

“DB Cargo has led the way through the conversion of a Class 66 Loco to run on Hydro-treated Vegetable Oil (HVO). Sustainably-sourced lower carbon alternative fuels and private sector innovation will be key to some areas of transport decarbonisation over future years and progress is moving at pace. I welcome DB Cargo’s commitment to this agenda and will continue to work with other potential partners to get more involved in creating a low carbon, successful rail freight sector for Scotland.”

Alex Hynes, managing director of Scotland’s Railway said:

“DB Cargo is providing a fantastic opportunity for anyone to learn more about the work being delivered by rail freight companies as they build upon the sector’s unrivalled green credentials.

“The environmental benefits of rail freight are substantial - a freight train emits just a quarter of the carbon dioxide of the equivalent road journey. We want to start conversations with Scottish Businesses on how they can act now to decarbonise their supply chains through modal shift to rail.

“If just 10% of Scotland’s HGV movements were switched to rail it would reduce almost as much annual CO2e as the entire rail industry emits. Rail freight has a significant role to play in the decarbonisation of the transport networks in Scotland.”

Andrea Rossi, Chief Executive of DB Cargo UK said:

“We are proud to be playing our part in Scotland’s Climate Change Week and demonstrating our innovative approach to reducing not just our own carbon footprint, but those of our customers.

“Harnessing sustainable sources of energy like this will help us to achieve our bold and ambitious vision for a net zero carbon transport system in Scotland by 2045.”

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Crewe Heritage Centre Has Successfully Acquired the 8,000th Locomotive To Be Built At Crewe Works.

Thanks to a generous donation by Porterbrook, Crewe Heritage Centre has been able to secure a second HST Power Car (43 081) as a permanent exhibit at the museum. 
43 081 was built a short distance away from the Heritage Centre in March 1978 and is officially considered to be the 8,000 locomotive to be constructed at Crewe Locomotive Works.

43 081 arrived at the Heritage Centre on Monday 13th September, and team at the Heritage Centre say that they "really excited about our plans to restore this very special locomotive".

Its arrival also marks 45 years to the day (13 September 1976) that British Rail officially introduced the first High Speed Train into service (Source: BBC Archive).

Since entering service the HST’s have become a common sight throughout the country. The HST was originally developed as a low-cost stopgap whilst the Advanced Passenger Train (APT) was still in development. However the HST proved itself to be far more than a stopgap, successfully running for 45 years with numerous members of the fleet still in service today.

The HST's are still operated on frontline services by Cross Country, ScotRail and GWR as well as specialist companies such as Rail Charter Services.


Monday, 20 September 2021

Unique Rail Heritage Centre Officially Opened in Doncaster

Doncaster's Rail Heritage Centre which takes centre stage inside Danum Gallery, Library and Museum has been officially opened.

Doncaster Council, the Trustees of the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection and the National Railway Museum marked the occasion with a special ceremony.

The Rail Heritage Centre includes the Doncaster-built Green Arrow and Great Northern Railway ‘Atlantic’ locomotive no.251, loaned from the National Railway Museum, and masses of rail related exhibits and memorabilia from the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection. Many of these items are on display for the very first time and will be refreshed with additional exhibits at regular intervals.

The Centre showcases the importance of the rail industry and the pivotal role Doncaster and its world famous Plant Works have played in creating the history of rail.

Damian Allen, Chief Executive of Doncaster Council, who was present at the event, said:

“It is fantastic to welcome to Danum Gallery, Library and Museum the people who have contributed to making this astounding Rail Heritage Centre possible. It’s been a true partnership effort. Having two locomotives back home in Doncaster where they were built, complemented by an incredible array of rail related exhibits and artefacts is just incredible. Together they showcase the golden age of steam and the vital role Doncaster played in making it happen.”

Cllr Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure, Culture and Planning, said:

“Danum Gallery, Library and Museum is a wonderful community asset and visitor attraction in Doncaster town centre. It features the restored frontage of the former Doncaster High School for Girls and many of its original features. It has modern libraries and educational facilities, fascinating museums, a great art gallery and, of course, a marvellous Rail Heritage Centre. The building offers visitors a remarkable experience as they are taken on a journey through Doncaster’s rich and varied history. It’s a place for people to learn and importantly enjoy. I thank everyone who contributed to this amazing Rail Heritage Centre.”

To mark the day, the Trustees of the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection have also released a new book titled: ‘Treasures in the Tower’. The book tells the story of the unique collection they built up over many decades. It’s available to purchase from the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum shop and Doncaster Tourist Information Centre.’

Chris Barron, representing the DGSRC, commented:

“This is the result of a long, but successful, collaboration. The Trustees are delighted with the outstanding support we have received from the Council. We look forward to working alongside Heritage staff to make the collection better known and appreciated by local people and visitors from all over the world.”

Andrew McLean, Head Curator and Assistant Director at the National Railway Museum, said:

“The National Railway Museum is proud to partner with Doncaster Council to loan two of the most iconic of all Doncaster-built locomotives to add to the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum’s rich and fascinating displays. By celebrating Doncaster’s important contribution to the railways, I hope future generations will be inspired to make their own mark in continuing the engineering legacy of this great town.”

See our previous posting here

Sunday, 19 September 2021

ADL Delivers Six New ENVIRO200 Low Emission Buses to Atlantic Travel

Alexander Dennis Limited (“ADL”) has announced that it has delivered six new Enviro200 low emission 41 seater single deck buses to Bolton-based operator Atlantic Travel (GB) Ltd.
The 10.8m long vehicles are equipped with ADL’s award-winning SmartPack* efficiency technology which enables Low Emission Bus certification, as well as belted ADL SmartSeats, a digital tachograph, white LED destination equipment and bonded glazing.

Atlantic Travel provides luxury coach travel across the UK as well as local bus services and has an extensive fleet of vehicles to meet these requirements. This is the company’s first order with ADL.

Director Yasser Dean said: “These buses are low carbon and will complement our existing fleet perfectly as we continue to grow and develop our offer to our customers.”

ADL Sales Account Manager Charlie Miller added: “We’re delighted to have delivered these buses to Atlantic Travel who are a new customer for us. The vehicles will be a high quality addition to their fleet and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

*SmartPack is centred on the smart management of alternator and air compressor, which are controlled to only charge during vehicle deceleration when they place no additional load on the engine. This is combined with engine stop/start technology, which ADL was the first manufacturer worldwide to bring to market in a diesel bus, as well as electrically-driven cooling fans and a vehicle mass reduction through structure optimisation. Enviro200 and Enviro400 buses with SmartPack are accredited as Low Emission Buses by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP), in whose tests the technology delivers an 18% reduction in well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions compared with a Euro 5 bus on the Enviro400, and a 24% reduction on the Enviro200.

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Scottish Bus Support Extended Until March 2022

The Scottish Government has approved funding of up to £42 million between 4 October 2021 and 31 March 2022 to enable bus operators to maintain services while patronage recovers from the effects of COVID-19.

This is in addition to maintaining concessionary reimbursement and bus service operator grant payments at pre-COVID levels.

Minister for Transport Graeme Dey said:

“Bus services played an essential role in keeping Scotland moving safely during the coronavirus pandemic – and have an equally important part to play as we gradually start to return to some sense of normality.

“Although passenger numbers have grown, additional support is still currently required. This funding of up to £42 million means we can continue to fund operators between October 2021 and March 2022, to fill the gap between the additional costs of running services due to COVID-19 and reduced ticket income as demand recovers.

“It is important that the public continue to plan their journeys in advance, allowing extra time to avoid busier services, and keep following the rules on the wearing of face coverings unless exempt. I’d also encourage people to keep up good habits by continuing to walk, wheel or cycle where possible. The virus hasn’t gone away, so we need everyone to play their part in keeping our transport system safe.”

Director for the Confederation of Passenger Transport in Scotland, Paul White said:

“CPT welcomes the Scottish Government’s continued recognition of the vital role the bus network plays and the requirement to extend support while the impact of Covid continues to suppress passenger numbers.

“CPT will continue to engage with the Scottish Government to ensure that bus services remain resilient and that the sector is best placed to facilitate increasing passenger journeys and play its part in other shared objectives such as decarbonisation, social inclusion and accessibility.”


Friday, 17 September 2021

Go North East and Car Club Team Up With New Shared Mobility Solution to Support Car-free Lifestyles

North East based businesses Go North East and Co-Wheels have collaborated to launch a dynamic new flexible mobility solution which blends the best bits of using both a bus and a car when you need them.

‘Flexility’ is a new smartcard-based season ticket which enables you to use a bus for your regular journeys and still have access to a car when needed without the need to own one – making sustainable lifestyles even easier.

Flexility can be used on Go North East buses but, in a UK first, it also includes car club membership on a single smartcard so it works as both a bus ticket and car club membership key.

The companies hope that the new product will play an important role in doing more to ease congestion and improve air quality.

It comes with a double headline for the North East and North of Tyne Combined Authority area as both businesses are locally based in Newcastle where the initiative is being launched, continuing to put the region on the map as a hotbed of both mobility and technology innovation.

The car club offer sits on top of a Go North East bus season ticket on a smartcard that includes free car club membership, £30 driving credit and no monthly subscription fees.

Existing Go North East smartcard holders can request a free upgrade to Flexility, and existing Co-Wheels subscribers are being offered a 15% discount on Go North East bus season tickets.

An easy-to-use online car club registration process checks driving licence eligibility and links the smartcard to a user’s account.

Commenting on the launch, Martijn Gilbert, managing director of Go North East, said: “The Flexility smartcard is something that we believe is a particularly good fit with the emerging new norm changes to peoples travel patterns and examples of things like blended home-office working where full-time car ownership is now even less financially viable for many people.

“Whilst not a completely new concept, the partnership between Go North East and Co-Wheels is a UK first and this latest generation offer gives an easy to use solution with a good coverage of cars and car sites available across Newcastle and Gateshead. It also comes at a time when using a shared mobility platform is becoming more acceptable as people re-think their travel needs following the pandemic.

“We need to be open-minded to finding and embracing creative new solutions to society’s mobility needs. Supporting our work to improve bus services with a flexible blended solution that includes an affordable car option for the occasional, more bespoke, journeys that are sometimes less easy by public transport will help enable more car-free lifestyles.

“These are the sort of behaviour changes that will make a real difference to reducing congestion and improving air quality by making use of low carbon public transport a viable alternative for even more journeys.

“I've been car free myself for over six-months now and trialling the test version of Flexility on my bus pass. I can personally highly recommend it!”

Richard Falconer, managing director of Co-Wheels, said: “Flexility is the ideal solution for those who commute by bus but need a car for the occasional shopping trip or days out.

“You get the best of both worlds – cheap bus travel and access to a car when you need it without the expense of owning one. We have wanted a scheme like this for a long time as we know car club members make much more use of buses for their daily travel needs so the two work together perfectly.

“We are delighted to be teaming up with a forward-thinking company like Go North East and hope it will leads to much more joint working in future as we try to cut peoples’ travel costs and at the same time reduce CO2 to combat climate change, especially as most of our cars are hybrid or electric.”

Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor, added: “We need an integrated transport system. One which gives people the flexibility they need for work, education and leisure and at the same time is better for the environment.

“This new shared mobility solution, a collaboration between local businesses Go North East Buses and Co-Wheels, is going in the right direction. It will make low carbon public transport a more attractive option for most journeys and reduce the need for car ownership. All of us will benefit from the likely improvement in air quality and reduced congestion on our roads.

“Transport plays a key role in tackling the climate emergency and the Flexility scheme will make it much easier for people in Newcastle and Gateshead to make green travel choices.”

Thursday, 16 September 2021

AB Transitio, Tåg i Bergslagen Order Seven More Stadler Trains for Sweden

Representatives from AB Transitio, Tåg i Bergslagen and Stadler came together for a signing ceremony to mark the purchase of seven additional double-decker DOSTO trains for the Swedish market. 

The new trains will join the  53 trains of this type already in service in Sweden. DOSTO trains are characterised by high levels of passenger comfort and have proved popular with travellers.

A signing ceremony for seven more additional double-decker DOSTO trains was held in Stockholm and attended by executives from AB Transitio, who are buying the trains from Stadler, and also from Tåg i Bergslagen, the network on which the new trains will be operating. 
The four carriage trains are built to promote decarbonisation, accommodate the severe Swedish winters and to provide high levels of passenger comfort.  

Passenger comments secured by Mälardalstrafik MÄLAB AB, as well as from another individual member of the public, demonstrate that rail travellers in Sweden recognise the trains’ qualities, providing glowing testimonials and indicating that they appreciate the improved customer experience. One person said: ‘It is fantastic! The best train I have been on!’

Others like the quietness of the trains, with another claiming: “The new trains are perfect! It is very good to work during the train journey as it is quiet, calm and comfortable on board the train.” A second person added: “It is silent – fantastic!”

 The design of the seats is proving popular, with a person saying: “My back just love these chairs – perfect and firm.”

Others were happy with the capacity of the train, explaining: “I feel like the new trains have more seats. And so it is faster to get home to Eskilstuna, which I commute from every day.”

Passenger Comfort

Designed to maximise passenger comfort, these trains are spacious, stylish and modern. Saloons are light airy, entrance areas are generously proportioned and staircases are wide so that travellers can get on and off easily. 
There is more storage space than on most other 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. They feature a sliding step, to make getting on and off easier for wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility, luggage or push-chairs.

Cutting Carbon Emissions

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’, 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.

Built for Harsh Winters

The trains are designed to run in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees 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 the trains, 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.

Ansgar Brockmeyer, head of sales at Stadler, commented: “We are delighted to have signed a contract for a further seven double-decker DOSTO trains for Sweden. Featuring high levels of passenger comfort, a focus on green technology and designed for harsh winters, they are tailormade for this country, and we are pleased that overall, passengers like the product.”

Magnus von Bahr, chief executive officer of AB Transitio, said: “We are happy to expand our fleet with another seven DOSTO trains to support Tåg i Bergslagen. These trains have proven to be robust, reliable and very appreciated by the passengers.”

Maja Rapp, CEO of Tåg i Bergslagen, added: “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.”

“That Tåg i Bergslagen will have the same vehicles that Mälardalstrafik already uses and is satisfied with feels good. It simplifies both for our passengers who will know their way around, and for Tåg i Bergslagen and Mälardalstrafik who get an increased opportunity for coordination with similar vehicles.”

The first order for double-decker DOSTO trains for Sweden was in 2016 for 33 vehicles. It was followed by others in 2018 and 2020. Stadler has now sold 60 of these trains in this market, and more than 420 DOSTO trains in 11 countries, including Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Luxembourg. In total, Stadler has sold more than 8,500 units in 41 countries.

Since the very first order Stadler received for these trains five years ago, it and its Swedish clients have worked in partnership on their development to ensure maximum availability and reliability of services for the benefit of passengers.