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Stadler Rail back on track after accident

Norway’s state railway company has resumed testing of a new Swiss-made train after an accident on February 15 that injured five people.

This content was published on March 21, 2012 - 11:06
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The FLIRT (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train), manufactured by Stadler Rail AG, is due to receive formal approval from the Norwegian authorities at the beginning of April, according to a Stadler Rail spokesman.

In 2009, Norwegian State Railways bought 50 trains from Stadler Rail. The first ten were delivered in 2011.

The first four series of FLIRTs were successfully tested but a fifth derailed and crashed into a mountainside some 100km southwest of Oslo.

Accident investigators said the train was travelling too fast – 135km/h – on a windy stretch limited to 70km/h and the accident was not due to any technical fault. Three Norwegians, a Swiss and a Finn were on board.

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