The Anonymous Widower

Six Operators Award Joint Contract For Up To 504 Tram-Trains

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

These are the first three paragraphs.

A consortium of six German and Austrian transport bodies has awarded Stadler a framework contract for the supply and maintenance of up 504 tram-trains worth €4bn, the largest contract in the Swiss company’s history.

The VDV TramTrain framework contract was awarded on January 14 by Karlsruhe’s VBK and AVG, Saarbrücken’s Saarbahn Netz, Schiene Oberösterreich, the Land of Salzburg and Zweckverband Regional-Stadtbahn Neckar-Alb.

It includes a €1·7bn firm order for the supply of 246 Citylink tram-trains over 10 years from 2024, and the provision of 16 years of maintenance. There are options to order up to 258 more vehicles and to extend the maintenance to 32 years.

That will keep the factories running for a few years.

Note that all these Stadler Citylink tram-trains are similar to the Class 399 tram-trains, that run between Sheffield and Rotherham.

More Stadler Citylink tram-trains will start running in the next couple of years in Cardiff.

I can also envisage these tram-trains being used on the following projects in the UK, if they were to go ahead.


  1. Six are extensions to the Sheffield Supertram network.
  2. Three projects are extensions to the Manchester Metrolink.
  3. These are possible orders, that if the projects go ahead would likely have Stadler Citylink as the first choice of tram!
  4. All the tram-trains would be of a similar design.

How many other projects are under discussion in Europe?


Stadler have designed a tram-train that everybody likes and that generates orders.

I think Stadler will soon need to increase production of these Citylink tram-trains.

January 19, 2022 - Posted by | Business, Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. Liverpool centre to Liverpool John Lennon airport is a contender.

    Comment by John | January 19, 2022 | Reply

    • The new Tyne and Wear Metro trains are based on the same stock as Liverpool’s new Class 777 trains. The current Tyne and Wear Metro trains run in places under the Karlsruhe model for tram-trains.

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see the innovative Stadler engineers getting the Class 777 trains to run to the airport in some way.

      Remember, Stadler provided the DMUs that run as trams through the streets of Zwickau in Eastern Germany.

      Comment by AnonW | January 19, 2022 | Reply

  2. Liverpool’s boulevards were built in the early 20thC, being designed with trams running in the central reservations, which did happen with many. Running out of Liverpool South Parkway, along boulevards to the airports is not a great expense, if the 777s can be cheaply and easily converted to tram-trains. Tram-trains could easily peel off the line at Hunts Cross although with some jiggery pokery.

    A branch off the WCML slow tracks at Speke Hall Rd may be on. There are sidings there for car transportation.

    Comment by John | January 20, 2022 | Reply

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