NS Sprinter Lighttrain

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NS Sprinter Lighttrain - Class 2400 / 2600
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Sprinter Lighttrain 2402 at Amersfoort
In service 2009 - present
Manufacturer Bombardier (2400)
Siemens (2600)
Number built 69 (2400)
62 (2600)
Formation 4 cars (2400)
6 cars (2600)
Capacity 40 1st class, 176 2nd class (2400)
56 1st class, 266 2nd class (2600)
Operator NS Reizigers
Specifications
Train length 70 m (229 ft 8 in) (2400)
100 m (328 ft 1 in) (2600)
Maximum speed 160 km/h (99 mph)
Power output 1,260 kW (1,690 hp) (2400)
1,680 kW (2,253 hp) (2600)
Electric system(s) 1.5 kV DC Catenary
Current collection method Pantograph
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Sprinter Lighttrain or SLT is an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train type operated by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen in the Netherlands. They were built from 2007 to 2012 Bombardier (2400) and Siemens (2600). For the original type of Sprinter, see NS Stadsgewestelijk Materieel.

Names[edit]

  • Sprinter Lighttrain
  • Sprinter
  • SLT
  • S70 or S100

Numbering[edit]

  • 2401 - 2469
  • 2601 - 2662

General information[edit]

2607 arriving at Amsterdam Amstel.

The SLT is designed to replace the Mat '64 trains from the 1960s and 1970s. The first 35 sets were ordered in 2005 and the first set, 2402 arrived in January 2008. The second set, 2602 arrived in February 2008 and both were used on test runs. In September 2007 NS ordered a further 64 sets, and these started arriving in the Netherlands in mid-2009. In 2009 a further 32 were ordered. The trains use regenarative braking, which can feed braking energy back into the contact wire when they brake.

The trains are based on the DB Class 425 design, but made to meet the demands of the Sprinter. They use Jacobs bogie, which allow for thin and wide gangways between each coach. The units were built in Aachen (2400) and Krefeld (2600).

Use of Sprinter Lighttrains[edit]

The SLT is primarily for the Randstad area, around the four main cities (Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam). They are used on stopping services, designed for routes where stations are close together and for this they feature many wide doors and fast acceleration.

After many test runs without passengers, they were put into service on 23 February 2009 between Den Haag Centraal - Gouda - Utrecht Centraal, two months later than planned. Passengers were happy with the comfort, no step between the train and the platform and the fresh interior, however the trains lack a toilet.

Problems occurred, especially when a four-car and a six-car unit coupled together, so the test was stopped temporarily on 1 May 2009. The test started again on 21 September 2009, outside of the peak hours. Again there were problems, and delivery of sets was stopped for the time being.

With the December 2009 timetable change, sets were put in again between Utrecht and Den Haag, as well as between Gouda and Rotterdam. In February 2010, the delivery of new sets was restarted, with four sets arriving each week. In May 2010 SLT sets also began operating between Rotterdam Centraal and Hoek van Holland and on 24 May 2010 also between Utrecht Centraal and Baarn via Soest.

In December 2010 more than 2/3 of the SLT's failed after snowfall, leaving the NS to revert to the old trains that had recently be stored out of services.[1][2]

Services operated[edit]

The SLT's are regularly used on these services in the current timetable (2013-2014). They can sometimes appear on other services.

  • Intercity Haarlem - Alkmaar - Hoorn
  • Sprinter Uitgeest - Zaandam - Amsterdam - Breukelen - Woerden - Gouda - Rotterdam
  • Sprinter Hoofddorp - Schiphol - Weesp - Almere
  • Sprinter Nijmegen - Oss - 's-Hertogenbosch - Eindhoven - Helmond - Deurne
  • Sprinter Amsterdam - Weesp - Almere - Lelystad - Zwolle
  • Sprinter Uitgeest - Zaandam - Amsterdam
  • Sprinter Uitgeest - Haarlem - Amsterdam
  • Sprinter Almere - Hilversum - Utrecht
  • Sprinter Tilburg - Eindhoven
  • Sprinter Den Haag - Leiden - Schiphol - Weesp - Hilversum - Utrecht
  • Sprinter Utrecht - Geldermalsen - Tiel
  • Sprinter Utrecht - Woerden
  • Sprinter Den Haag - Leiden - Haarlem
  • Sprinter Eindhoven - Weert
  • Sprinter Breukelen - Utrecht - Veenendaal - Rhenen
  • Sprinter Rotterdam - Gouda
  • Sprinter Den Haag - Gouda - Utrecht
  • Sprinter Utrecht - Geldermalsen - 's-Hertogenbosch - Tilburg - Breda
  • Sprinter Breukelen - Utrecht (- Veenendaal)
  • Sprinter Den Haag - Gouda
  • Sprinter Utrecht - Utrecht Maliebaan

Accidents and incidents[edit]

2012 collision involving an NS Sprinter Lighttrain unit (left)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]