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Stadler Rail FLIRT (Germany)
DB AG classes 427 to 429
Germany | 2006 | more than 500 produced
Three-car Flirt 3 ET 355 of the Bayerische Oberland Bahn as “Meridian” in July 2014 near Deisenhofen
Three-car Flirt 3 ET 355 of the Bayerische Oberland Bahn as “Meridian” in July 2014 near Deisenhofen
Daniel Schuhmann

The Flirt has been in use with German operators since 2006, when cantus received 14 three-car and six four-car Flirt 2s. They became the classes 427 and 428. As with the Swiss model, both axles of the two end bogies are powered with a total output of 2,600 kW. Further orders from DB Regio and many private railway companies followed. The Flirt 3 has been built since 2013 and has new fronts in accordance with new crash standards.

Two-car Flirt 2 of the Hessische Landesbahn in June 2011 in Siegen
Two-car Flirt 2 of the Hessische Landesbahn in June 2011 in Siegen
Hugh Llewelyn

In addition to the three- and four-car variants, the five-car class 429 and the six-car class 1430 were also created. In these, too, only the two end bogies are powered. On the other hand, the two-car class 426 is offered, in which only one bogie is powered. Initially only in Germany has the Flirt 3 XL been used since 2019, in which the individual car bodies have been extended. The total length of the three-car trains increased by about nine meters and that of the five-car train by about 15 meters. The power was increased from 2,600 to 3,000 kW.

Variant426427428429
General
Builtsince 2006since 2007
ManufacturerStadler
Axle configB-2-2    
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Seats181219274
Dimensions and Weights
Length192 ft 3 1/16 in245 ft 0 15/16 in297 ft 10 13/16 in
Fixed wheelbase9 ft 0 1/4 in
Empty weight220,462 lbs264,554 lbs319,670 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system15.000 V 16⅔ Hz
Hourly power2,615 hp (1,950 kW)3,487 hp (2,600 kW)
Continuous power2,012 hp (1,500 kW)2,682 hp (2,000 kW)
Top speed99 mph
Starting effort29,450 lbf39,342 lbf
Power Plant
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Stadler FLIRT
last changed: 03/2023
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