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Elektriraudtee Flirt EMU 1406 at Baltijaam, Tallinn, Estonia

Estonian Electric Multiple Units
Estonia has recently finished upograding its whole EMU fleet to brand new FLIRT EMUs manufactured by Stadler Rail in Poland. These brightly painted electric multiple units are state of the art, as is their maintenance arrangement. Using Elrom EMUs the Estonian citizens can also now enjoy modern rail travel replacing the old Soviet style. The new EMUs are also the first in World that are 3,5 meters wide, and the space inside seems truly huge when you compare this with the similarly named EMUs being used in Central Europe. Along with the low floored train entering service the hideous Soviet time high concrete platforms were replaced with standard European ones, giving much better access to travellers.

The old Soviet time Er2 EMUs were shipped to Riga, Latvia. This is also where they were built during the Soviet period. After some work done, ER2s were sold to Russia to be used on daily commuter traffic.


Created for by John McKey. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo, Jouni Rautiainen, Hannu Peltola and John McKey.

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Elektriraudtee Flirt EMU 1406 at Baltijaam, Tallinn, Estonia
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Elektriraudtee Flirt EMU 1406 at Baltijaam, Tallinn, Estonia

Flirt EMU class 1xxx of Elron
The new Flirt EMUs and DMUs and new organization of Elron have modernized the Estonian local and regional passenger traffic. These Flirt trains are the largest ever built, die to generous Estonian loading gauge.

Built by: Stadler Rail AG in 2012- 2013
Units: 16 4 module vehicles (some may have three modules)
Unit numbers: 14xx and 13xx series apinted orange and brown with white stripes
Power: 2600 kW (3500 hp) momentary, 2000 kw (2680 hp) continuous
Effect up to 47 km/h: 200 kN (44'960 lbf), acceleration 1,2 m/s,
Highest speed: 160 km/h (100 mph)
Capacity: 4 modules 274 seated + 223 standees, 3 modules 196 + 162
Usage: Tallinn local traffic under the 3300 V overhead wires
More on the Elron Flirt 1 units...

Keila: Er2 local train unit 2201 to Tallinn, Estonia ///
Er2 of the Elektriraudtee
One of the popular and succesfull pansovietic designs by RVZ in Latvia the ER2 has proved its ability to adapt to the changing times.

Built by: RVZ
Units left: around 10 3 - 4 car trains
Unit numbers: 210x - 24xx
Power: 800 kW ( Hp) depends on the number of power modules
Effect: kN
Usage: Tallinn local traffic on the overhead electrified tracks.

More on the ER2 units...
Keila: Er2 local train unit 2201 to Tallinn, Estonia

Rare and usual forms of the Er2 of the Elektriraudtee
It seems like this long living design comes in all forms and all colors, let's take a closer look what the imagination has produced!

More on the rare and usual ER2 units...

Colors of the Elektriraudtee Er2 EMUs

Colors of current and past on ER2 units...
  Very old version of the page...

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Elron and Former Elektrirautee

  Er2 of Elektriraudtee
Keila: Er2 local train unit 2201 to Tallinn, Estonia
Kehra: Er2 local train unit 2201 to Tallinn, Estonia
Paldiski: Er2 local train unit 2201 to Tallinn, Estonia
Paldiski: Er2 local train unit 2201 to Tallinn, Estonia

The class Er2 are synonymous for Estonian electric multiple units. This modular Pansovietic design has proven its worth in the local traffic until the modern Flirt trains will arrive in the middle of the decade.

The units started their life as the usual 6 - 8 car Soviet train sets painted green. Some of the modules were broken and anyway the 8 car EMU is an overkill on the routes around Tallinn, so for a long time now the EMUs have been 3 - 4 modules long. The Er2 is an ingeniously modular design easy to adapt to justa bout any need. The basic modules are power module and coach modules, and both come in the middle coach and end driving trailer forms. There are several subtypes also of the driving trailer, please see the next chapter down for this subject.

Technical details for ER2
-> Builder: RVZ  
-> Delivered to use: 1960s - 1980s?       
-> Classes: ER2xx
-> Operators & owners: Elektriraudtee
-> Operating areas: Estonian units only in Estonia, the type is seen just about
everywhere in the ex Soviet colonies, where the countries have not had
money to buy newer EMUs. 
-> Number of units: 10 - 20 left
-> Unit configurations: units have both powered cars and trailers
and configurations can be easily changed from one use to another
-> Unit numbers: 210X - 24XX   

-> Capacity: varies 

-> Operational max. speed: 130 km/h (81 mph)  
-> Unit length: each module 20,1 meters
-> Unit heigth: 
-> Unit width:

-> Power source: 3000V overhead electric
-> Unit power: 800 kW (1087 Hp)
-> Mass, metric tons:
- motor units: 55 metric tons
- driving trailers: 41 tons
- trailers: 39 tons

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

-> ventilated environment for personnel and passengers

Easy recognition guide:
- Distinctive features, see above. If you are in Estonia or Latvia, the ER2 units are a very common sight! 

Pictures on the left from up to down
1) The Elekriraudtee Paldiski local train to Tallinn takes a curve about half way on its route. This unit is colored with the matching modules, not always available by the Elektriraudtee. Notice how neatly the unit is maintained, despite of its age no rust and everything is in the mint condition, although obsolete by todays standards. Picture by John McKey


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  Different forms of the Er2
Keila: Er2 local train unit 2201 to Tallinn, Estonia

As we discussed earlier, the Er2 some in all forms and shapes. Here we try to catch the types we have found so far.

The first unit on the left is the "main" older type with slightly smaller windows and more pointed front line than the later designs. Also, pay attention to the lights, which give away the age of the EMU.


Elektriraudtee number 2111 Er2 in Tallinn, Estonia  
Elektriraudtee local electric ER2 units 2113 and an ancient 2101  
Elektriraudtee local electric ER2 unit ancient 2101  

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Color Schemes, current and past

  Color Schemes of the Er2
Keila: Er2 local train unit 2201 to Tallinn, Estonia


Elektriraudtee local electric ER2 units 2113 and an ancient 2101  
Er2 number 2401 approaching Kehra, Estonia  

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