Stadler Trains For Ottawa’s Trillium Line

This is of great importance for Fraser Valley passenger  rail.

The  Stadler FLIRT is a close cousin of the Stadler  GTW tramtrain and like the GTW, the articulated FLRT uses a diesel power-pack located in the middle of the train.

The FLIRT DMU is really a five section, articulated diesel rail car, with four sections and the power-pack, which can operate in multiple units.

Those who want a return of the Vancouver to Chilliwack interurban should c consider that articulated rail cars would ride the valley rails far better than non articulated cars and at a cheaper cost.

As the various vehicles that operate on the SkyTrain network, TransLink and a host of others remain ignorant of the benefits of articulated vehicles.

Also to be considered, the FLRT rail cars being delivered to Ottawa have been specifically designed to operate in Canada, making the FLIRT an “off-the-shelf” vehicle, ideal for the interurban and for the E&N.

Stadler wins first contract for multiple unit trains in Canada

The City of Ottawa and SNC Lavalin Group have declared Stadler as the winner of the contract for seven four unit diesel electric FLIRT trains, as part of the Stage 2 O-Train Trillium Line extension project. The contract is valued at approximately 80 million Swiss Francs (106 million Canadian Dollars). Canada is now the 18th country to purchase Stadler FLIRT trains. According to the contract, Stadler will deliver the vehicles starting in mid-2021 to Ottawa, where they will undergo extensive testing. This is Stadler’s second contract in Canada. Stadler is currently building double-deck dome cars for Rocky Mountaineer, which will take passengers on scenic routes northeast of Vancouver.

The seven four-unit trains for Ottawa are equipped with four 480 kW diesel engines. Parts of the traction equipment system and the diesel engines are housed in power pack units. With the current design the trains comply with the emission standard Tier4 final, with the North American Track Class IV, with ADA and are fully compliant with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) standards as well as with the North American fire safety standard NFPA 130.

With speeds up to 120 kilometres per hour, the Stadler FLIRT trains will service the extended Trillium Line.

The Stage 2 Trillium Line extension is a public-private-partnership project which will extend the existing Trillium Line by adding 16 kilometres of rail and 8 new stations, including a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. TransitNEXT, a wholly owned subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin, will design, build, finance and maintain the Stage 2 Trillium Line Extension.

The Stadler site in Bussnang, Switzerland is building and assembling the FLIRT trains for Ottawa. Here, Stadler has ample experience with projects for countries with requirements for extreme winter weather conditions. In Estonia, Norway, Finland and Sweden the Stadler FLIRT trains are already in service with high operational availability, even under tough cold-weather conditions.

About Stadler

International rail vehicle construction company, Stadler, is headquartered in Bussnang in Eastern Switzerland. Founded in 1942, it has a workforce of over 8,500 based in various production and over 40 service locations. Stadler provides a comprehensive range of products in the heavy and urban transport segments: High-speed trains, intercity trains, regional and commuter heavy rail trains, underground trains, tram trains and trams. Stadler also manufactures main-line locomotives, shunting locomotives and passenger carriages, including the most powerful diesel-electric locomotive in Europe. It is the world’s leading manufacturer in the rack-and-pinion rail vehicle industry.


8 Responses to “Stadler Trains For Ottawa’s Trillium Line”
  1. Haveacow says:

    One of the advantages of the FLIRT DMU’s is that they are by design,” FRA Compliant” which will save a lot of testing time when they are delivered in 2021. Another nice feature is that the “Power Pack” is modular so that, when the decision is made to electrify the line or if Hydrogen Fuel Cell Propulsion is available, the new “Power Pack” can be inserted, tested and made operational very very, quickly.

  2. Paul says:

    “As the various vehicles that operate on the SkyTrain network, TransLink and a host of others remain ignorant of the benefits of articulated vehicles.”

    It looks like you have never been on the skytrain lately. Translink have been using articulated trains for a long time. All three lines have them.

    Zwei replies: Sorry Paul, but TraansLink does not operate articulated trains, for many reasons.

    The problem is, Translink does not know what a articulated train is. The MK.2 trains are, in the English expression, “gangwayed” throughout giving communication throughout the entire train.

  3. Paul says:

    The extension to Langley is on schedule to be completed by 2025. Nothing will stop it.

    Zwei replies: Nothing Paul? There is the issue of funding as the money allocated for LRT will build SkyTrain a little past Fleetwood and no more.

  4. Fredinno Kim says:

    Skytrain is not Articulated?

    From Wikipedia:
    “Articulated cars are rail vehicles which consist of a number of cars which are semi-permanently attached to each other and share common Jacobs bogies or axles and/or have car elements without axles suspended by the neighbouring car elements.”

    Which part of this is Skytrain not articulated by? Also, this definition would exclude the articulated bus fleet from being articulated, so your point? It seems pretty pedantic, really, except to try every tool possible to make Skytrain look just a tiny bit worse. 😉

    Zwei replies: they don’t share a common bogie or Jacobs bogie. The body of each SkyTrain car is supported by two trucks or bogies.

    Example: A 2 section, Siemens LRV used in Calgary uses 3 trucks/bogies (with the body sections sharing 1 truck/bogie); a married pair of MK.1’s use 4 sets of trucks/bogies. The use of articulated cars reduces overall maintenance costs.

    Not pedantic at all, it is basic transit knowledge. If TransLink does not understand what an articulated vehicle is, they are ignorant and ignorance is both not a defense in a court of law and makes a very poor planning tool. It doesn’t take much to make SkyTrain look worse, no one wants the damn thing, except Vancouver.

  5. Bill Burgess says:

    The US Patent Office apparently also lacks “basic transit knowledge”, since not all articulated trains share bogies in their definition (note the “or” below):

    [List of Patents for class 105 subclass 1.4]

    3 Articulated:
    This subclass is indented under subclass 1.4. Train (a) comprising plural cars pivotally connected but not readily detachable from each other; or (b) including a first car supporting truck connected to a second car supporting truck so that they mutually interact to steer each other or prevent excessive independent oscillation of the cars when traveling over straight and variously curved track.

    I’m no train buff, but don’t the steerable bogies on Skytrain cars dissolve most of the logic for defining articulation in terms of sharing bogies (which also reduces friction going around corners)?

    Is that why some definitions of articulation focus on pivoting or swiveling, e.g., also this one from an on-line railroad dictionary ( )?

    “A car created by the uniting of two or more rail cars to form a single unit which is free to swivel.”

    Zwei replies: You haven’t clue what you are talking about.

    On an articulated vehicle, either one truck or bogie supports two bodies (this does not occur on SkyTrain as each vehicle is supported by two trucks or bogies; or as Mr. cow stated, the bodies are supported by a mechanical device.

    I listen to real transit experts and god knows I have corresponded with dozens over the years, while you rocket off on a subject you have zero knowledge, using articles on completely other subjects to justify what cannot be justified.

    SkyTrain does not operate articulated cars.

  6. Haveacow says:

    In a truly articulated rail vehicle, a Jacob bogie can be used but not always. Articulated rail vehicles also have a series of mechanical devices mounted on the body of the train, usually the roof and passenger compartment base that, physically connect the 2 sections together. These mechanisms can be seen easily on the roofs of articulated buses With rail vehicles, these mechanical devices are used to control vertical and horizontal shifting that occurs on outdoor track sections that are subject to weather and geological conditions, especially on track sections that see heavy maintenace very rarely, over long periods of time (like years or decades).

    Gangwayed rail vehicle sections rely a lot on protected track rights of way, like tunnels or covered surface sections to control track right of way shifting. This is why gangwayed trains like the Skytrain are usually metros and light metro related equipment.

    Most Light Metros/Light Subways (like Skytrain), have track monitoring devices which help counteract these environmental changes that occur. Some are simple and have found there way into LRT track construction but some are not and usually are only found with systems like Skytrain that, have a lot of infrastructure associated with the right of way. They are usually installed into the concrete base of tunnel sections or above grade rights of way and require a separate or independent power hook up, cable connections and or wireless network connection.

  7. Fredinno Kim says:

    Even if we regard your definition of Articulated as accurate (which is debatable at best and not true at worst, depending on who you ask to define ‘articulated’), so what?

    Zwei replies: See today’s post.

    What this illustrates is that TransLink doesn’t know what it’s talking about – simple sunshine.

  8. Paul says:

    Articulated means having two or more sections connected by a flexible joint. Skytrain has several cars joined together allowing people to move between cars and making train flexible to bend around corners. The same thing with buses too. An articulated bus is two buses joined together that can bend around corners. A long train or bus can’t do corners well if it can’t bend.

    Zwei replies: Sorry, you got it wrong, and articulated car has two bodies supported by one truck or body, by mechanical joint.

    As you can see, the ART MK2 car has an enlarged vestibule (vestibules have been around for 120 years or more) but the car body is supported by two trucks/bogies. SkyTrain cars do not bend; they are semi-permanently coupled together in married pairs. Each car carries a different car number, illustrating the fact they are single cars.

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