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New trams for Appenzeller Bahnen Switzerland

Talgo - picture Stadler Rail

Stadler Rail has won the Appenzeller Bahnen (AB) tender for seven Tango light rail vehicles. They will be used on the new cross-town link (Durchmesserlinie) connecting Trogen, St. Gallen and Appenzell. The order, which includes a spare parts package, is worth nearly CHF 60 million (EUR 33M). By opting for the Tango, AB is backing a vehicle which has already proved its worth in the Basel and Geneva regions. It has a comfortable interior to suit the longer stretches and high tourist potential of the AB lines. The units will be produced at the Stadler works in Altenrhein SG.

The new trams will allow AB to use the same vehicle type on both branches when the new cross-town link opens in autumn 2017. Until this point, the eastern branch from St. Gallen to Trogen is serviced by tram-like trains, with rack-and-pinion trains required for the western branch from St. Gallen to Appenzell. The new line will remove the single rack-and-pinion section. The Tango combines all the benefits of railway vehicles and trams.

This light rail vehicle has full air suspension on the bogies, making it an extremely comfortable ride. At the same time, it has all the characteristics required for efficient, safe operation of a tram on city-centre routes. The stretch towards Trogen will also feature a first-class section for the first time. This represents clear added value for the line to Trogen. The trams seat 133 in second class and 12 in first class.

Picture: Stadler Rail

3 February 2014

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