Stadler delivers first Citylink tram-train to MÁV-START in Hungary

Posted: 21 January 2021 | | No comments yet

Stadler’s Citylink tram-train has the capability to operate in both electric mode on the tram networks and diesel mode on the mainline.

Stadler delivers first Citylink tram-train to MÁV-START in Hungary

Credit: MÁV-START/Balazs Szecsody

Stadler has announced that it has transported the first Citylink tram-train from Valencia to Szentes, Hungary, where it now occupies its temporary home in the maintenance depot of the Hungarian railway company, MÁV.

The three-car, 70-tonne prototype was carried by special oversized shipment from Valencia to Szentes in nine days. The first unit will be followed by, altogether, seven trains, and the batch of eight units are expected to start commercial service between Szeged and Hódmezővásárhely (south Hungary) in the last quarter of 2021.

Hungarian passenger operator, MÁV-START Zrt., signed the contract with Stadler for the supply of eight bi-mode tram-train vehicles, with an option for an additional four units, in May 2017. The new vehicles, which will connect without transhipments the tram networks of Szeged and Hódmezövásárhely, are going to be the first tram-trains in Hungary.

The objective of the project is to provide a high quality public transportation system for passengers commuting every day between the two cities. The first batch consists of, altogether, eight units, which will be followed by a second lot of an additional four trains, which the customer, MÁV-START, ordered in 2020 as an option to the base contract.

The bi-directional and bi-mode Citylink vehicles are able to operate in electric mode under 600V DC overhead on the tram networks in Szeged and Hódmezövásárhely, and in diesel mode on the mainline connecting both cities at a top speed of 100km/h.

The new tram-trains have a capacity to carry 216 passengers, out of which 92 can be seated. The universal and accessible vehicles have been designed according to the latest safety standards. The vehicles are low-floor throughout and barrier-free.

A spacious interior with a high number of seats and four multi-purpose places for persons of limited mobility – such as wheelchair users and parents with prams – full HVAC, CCTV and passenger information systems (PIS) are all features that will optimise the passenger travel experience.