Norwegian rail leasing company Norske Tog announced that Stadler has been awarded a contract to supply 17 long-distance electric trains for the Oslo-Bergen route, with an option to supply up to 100 trains. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to IRJ.

Norske Tog

In January 2022, Norske Tog announced that it had short-listed Stadler, Alstom Transport Norway, CAF and Talgo to bid on a framework contract for the supply of up to 100 new intercity trains with an initial order of 17 sets worth NOK 8 billion (US$910 million). The new trains were to have sleeping compartments that could be converted to seating compartments during the day, as well as reclining seats.

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Now that Stadler has received the contract, production of the new trains will begin in 2024, with the first electric trains arriving for testing in Norway from 2025. The new trains will start running on the Bergen Line from 2026, replacing older trains that are nearing the end of their service lives.

Norske Tog

The new Flirtnex long-distance trains will have a top speed of 200 km/h and will consist of eight cars with a total capacity of up to 542 seats. They will also provide more flexible accommodation with a combination of reclining seats and sleeping compartments with two and four beds. During the day, sleeping compartments will transform into private lounge areas for families or business travellers, and reclining seats will be available for both daytime and nighttime use.

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