Norway: The state-owned leasing company, which provides rolling stock to the country’s passenger carriers, plans to purchase up to 100 trains. The equipment is designed to replace the worn-out fleet of passenger locomotives and wagons on the Norwegian railway network.

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In 2022, 17 trains are to be ordered: this supply is estimated at NOK 6.5 billion ($ 740 million) and cannot exceed NOK 8 billion ($ 920 million). Norske Tog expects that rolling stock production will begin in 2024, and in 2026 the trains will be available for operation. This was reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to ROLLINGSTOCK.

The contract with one of the bidders will assume that after the first deliveries, options for the production of up to 100 trains can be exercised, the company said.

Norske Tog sets a number of requirements for the design and equipment of trains. In particular, the task is to reduce the cost of solutions for beds while maintaining the level of comfort for passengers. The company is also waiting for proposals from manufacturers for hybrid traction and the use of batteries.

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Recently, one of the participants in the competition – the French Alstom – has already received a large contract from Norske Tog for the supply of regional trains Coradia Nordic. The firm order provides for the delivery of 30 trains for € 380 million, and the total volume of deliveries under the framework agreement can reach 200 trains and € 1.8 billion. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2025.

In turn, the Swiss StadlerRail is now implementing a contract with Norske Tog for 14 hybrid (diesel + traction from the network) 5-car Flirt trains, which are transferred to SJ Norge. They were ordered in 2018 as an option to the 2008 framework agreement.

At the same time, the rolling stock of another player – the Spanish CAF – faced serious technical problems in Norway this year. In 2015, CAF received an order from Flytoget to supply 8 Oaris four-car electric trains for NOK 1.4 billion ($ 160 million), in June 2021 they started operating in air express mode between Oslo and the city airport, but were withdrawn at the end of the month. from operation due to detected cracks in the chassis, writes IRJ.

As of the end of September, the problem persisted, and there is no information about its solution in public.

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