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Elektriraudtee Flirt DMU hood, Tallinn, Estonia

Diesel Multiple Units in Estonia
DMU trains and traffic were both reorganized from the beginning of 2014. As a result of devotion to this traffic form by Estonian government the passengers number have risen dramatically. This in turn has made it possible to add more train pairs for the existing modern Stadler Rail FLIRT DMUs, which is currently the only diesel passenger train type in regular regional traffic in Estonia.

Go Rail also operates a daily Tallinn - St Petersburg service, but this uses traditional loco hauled stock. ///


Created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Stanislav Voronin, Ilkka Siissalo, Antti Pajula, Hannu Peltola and John McKey.




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  Elron
  Flirt 1 DMU, 4 passenger modules + power module
New Flirt DMU fleet of Elron includes 6 of this type.

Built by: Stadler Rail in Poland
Units in Estonia: 6, number series 2xxx
Basic unit power: 1340 kW (1800 hp), 200 kN (44,960 lbf)
Capacity: 214 seats + room for 211 standing passengers
Usage: General regional and long distance national passenger service. Could be used for Baltic international traffic too.

More on Elron Flirt1 DMU fleet
Elektriraudtee Flirt DMU at Baltijaam, Tallinn, Estonia Flirt 1 DMU, 3 passenger modules + power module
New Flirt DMU fleet of Elron includes 8 of this type.

Built by: Stadler Rail in Poland
Units in Estonia: 8, number series 2301 - 2308  
Basic unit power: 1340 kW (1800 hp), 200 kN (44,960 lbf)
Capacity: 161 seats + room for 154 standing passengers
Usage: General regional and long distance national passenger service. Could be used for Baltic international traffic too.

More on Elron Flirt1 DMU fleet
  Flirt 1 DMU, 2 passenger modules + power module
New Flirt DMU fleet of Elron includes 6 of this type.

Built by: Stadler Rail in Poland
Units in Estonia: 6, number series 2xxx
Basic unit power: 1340 kW (1800 hp), 200 kN (44,960 lbf)
Capacity: 105 seats + room for 99 standing passengers
Usage: General regional and long distance national passenger service. Could be used for Baltic international traffic too.

More on Elron Flirt1 DMU fleet
   
  Edelraudtee (ex. national network passenger operator)
Estonian Edelrautee Dr1 unit 3700 near Tapa, Estonia

RVR (Soviet Latvia) built Dr1 was an ingenious design for its time, if crude in technology used. Like its electric cousin Er2, Dr1 is also is based on modular design. Because of this trains can basically be fonfigured to any format of up to about 15 cars. The units are also often seen running in multiple. The basic form is a rounded power car followed by 1 or more coaches and the orther end formed by a lower driving trailer. But as said, any configuration is possible.

Dr1Js of Edelraudtee
Built by: RVR, Soviet period Latvia
Units earlier in Estonia: around 20 -30  
Unit numbers: 37xx
Basic unit power: 736 kW (1000 Hp)
Effect: unknown
Usage: Former general regional and long distance national passenger service. Could be used for international traffic too.

More on Edelraudtee Dr1Js

Edelrautee Dr1bj unit "Susanna" at the Little Tallin depot station, Estonia
 
 

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Elron

  Flirt DMUs of Elron

Elektriraudtee Flirt DMU at Baltijaam, Tallinn, Estonia

New era for Estonia regional and long distance traffic started with Elron taking over all rail traffic from Edelraudtee at the beginning of 2013. New operator also had a brand new fleet of well working and modern Stadler Rail built vehicles for its use. As a result the there has been an upward surge in rail passenger numbers, enabling even more traffic once more DMus have been built and taken into use.

The Flirt DMU itself is very first of its type. Normally powerpacks are used on Stadler GTW DMUs while Flirts are all electric trains.

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Edelraudtee

  Dr1s of Edelraudtee (part of the Go Group)

Estonian Edelrautee Dr1 unit 3700 near Tapa, Estonia
Edelraudtee Dr1 meeting at Tartu, EastoniaDr1s in Tartu, EstoniaEdelrautee Dr1bj unit "Susanna" at the Little Tallin depot station, Estonia

The Estonian Southwestern Railways / Edelraudtee Dr1 DMUs are responsible for almost all long distance passenger rail traffic within the country. To add interst of railfans, the units can be cfound in numeous configuration due to their modular nature.

The Dr1 units are to be phased out from 2014 with the advent of Firt DMUs (the first of their kind).


Technical details for the Dr1
-> Builder: RVZ  
-> Delivered to use: series 1973 - 1994       
-> Classes: DR1A/DR1B of varying subtypes most with some lighter rebuilds  
-> Operators & owners: currently Edelraudtee (English: Southwestern Railways) which is part of the Go Group
-> Operating areas: the Estonian units only in Estonia, the type is seen just
about everywhere in the ex. Soviet colonies, where the countries have not
yet had money to buy newer EMUs. 
-> Number of units: 180 sets built, around 20 in Estonia 
-> Typical unit configurations: DM-T-DM to DM-T-T-T-DM
some unusual configs also exist, see unit "Susanna" above
-> Unit numbers: - 37xx -   

-> Capacity: depending on the configuration, trains are modular "virtual DMUs"

-> Operational max. speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)  
-> Unit length: each Diesel unit 26 meters and trailer 25,6 meters
-> Unit heigth: 
-> Unit width:

-> Power source: Diesel fuel
-> Unit power: 736 kW (1000 Hp)
-> Mass, metric tons: Motor unit 60 tons, trailers 38 tons

-> Train control systems: 
-> Couplers: SA3 semiautomatic couplers 
-> Max axle weight: 20 tons   

-> ventilated environment for personnel and passengers 

Easy recognition guide

  • See the pictures above, the RVZ designed interesting rounded face is very typical to both the DR1 unists and the ER1 (electric) units. 

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