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Fast Ligh Innovative Regional Transit
EMUs are the bestseller products for the Stadler Rail AG. The design
has conquered most European countries in use for local trains market
for it's great modularity and advanced features.
Finnish version of the Flirt train (M+2+M) has been found very durable
to the winter conditions. These trains also for the first time show the
3,2 meters wide design, allowing much more room inside for the
passengers. This is enabled by the advanced loading gauge of the
Finnish railways. Picture by Stanislav Voronin 2010.
Flirt Technical Information
There are currently around 800 Flirt EMUs either in use or in orders from Stadler Rail. This makes the type one of the most successfull in Europe and Africa. Interestingly the type has been a great success even among the smaller train owners / operators providing chance for new types organizating the rail traffic outside the huge national railroad companies.
Innovative Regional Transit), modular EMU
This picture was taken on PKJs Finnish class Sm5 test run in Tikkurila, near Helsinki Finland. On the picture aboce the Flirt train is preparing to leave nort towards Kerava. Harsh Finnish winter weather provides a great test for any new train unit! When operation is possible in winter conditions, other weather types should not provide any obstacles for operations.
Picture above and 2 below: The driving pulpet of the Flirt train provides everything well designed for the reach of the driver as well as a huge amount of information accessible through the computers should there be need to use this. The EKE marked device above is the Finnish train control system manufactured currently by the EKE engineering. This is an obligatory equipment, since Finland has not yet been able to invest to cover even the most used railsections with the European standard ETCS system.
The typical inside views to the roomy passenger compartment of the Flirt train. The doors in this case are provided with heat curtains which keep the warm air from flowing out when the train is stopping in the cold weather.
Info panels and audio systems provide passengers with sufficient information of the current route. You can also check the outside temperature and the speed among other variables.
Above is one of the most published pictures of a Flirt train in the professional railroad magazines. The picture was taken by Stanislav Voronin in kerava during the trial runs for the PKJs EMUs. You might also be interested in other pictures by Stanislav on his Winter Visions Page. For publishing permissions on any picture, please contact us by our info form.
Created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo, Stanislav Voronin and Photo Ranger.
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