More NET 2012 Tram-Trains for Karlsruhe

April 11, 2016
Under the terms of a second contract option the Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG) has ordered a further 25 “Citylink NET 2012” tram-trains from the consortium made up of Vossloh Kiepe and Stadler Rail Valencia.

The NET 2012 is a low-floor vehicle that will be put to use on the S1/S11 city-center and regional lines operated by the AVG light rail transit system between Hochstetten and Bad Herrenalb / Ittersbach. The vehicle will connect the areas around Karlsruhe with the city center; its accessibility will make a huge contribution to mobility in the region.

Like its predecessor, the Citylink vehicles just ordered have dual approval under BOStrab, and EBOregulations. The vehicles are specially adapted to the city’s infrastructure and the regional tracks on which they run. At the low-level platforms in Karlsruhe the NET 2012 presents a boarding height of 340 mm. It means that the vehicle can be accessed from tramway platform level, yet it still meets the strict collision requirements of regional railway stations.

In the Vossloh Kiepe traction kit the Citylinks have reliable and innovative electric technology. In addition to the entire drive technology and vehicle control system, Vossloh Kiepe also supplies the on-board power, HVAC equipment for passenger and driver compartments, safety and passenger information systems, as well as the video monitoring system.

The 25 vehicles from the original order are already operational in Karlsruhe and the majority are in daily passenger operation. Manufacturing work has started on the second batch, ordered under option 1. The 26th vehicle will soon be on its way to Karlsruhe. The vehicles ordered under the current option are planned for delivery from the fall of 2017.