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May 15, 2018

Zillertalbahn orders Stadler hydrogen-powered trains

Written by  Erwin Reidinger
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Artist's impression of the Zillertalbahn hydrogen train. Artist's impression of the Zillertalbahn hydrogen train.

AUSTRIA's narrow-gauge Zillertalbahn announced on May 15 that Stadler is the successful bidder for a €80m contract to supply five hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units.

Stadler was the only supplier in the final round of bidding, as Alstom did not submit a final offer and a bid from China was rejected because of quality concerns.

Alstom says its current product range is not suited to the requirements for narrow-gauge trains, while the small size of the order would have made customisation impracticable.


Stadler expects to complete a prototype by 2020 and four more trains will be manufactured by 2022.

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