NS Sprinter Lighttrain

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NS Sprinter Lighttrain (SLT) - Class 2400 / 2600
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A 4-car 2400 SLT in Utrecht
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Second class interior
Manufacturer Bombardier (2400)
Siemens (2600)
Replaced Mat '64, NS DD-AR
Constructed 2007-2012
Entered service 2009-present
Number under construction 69 (2400)
62 (2600)
Formation

4: mABk + mB + B + mABk (2400)

mABk + mB + AB + B + mB + mABk (2600)
Fleet numbers 2401-2469, 2601-2662
Capacity 40 1st class, 176 2nd class (2400)
56 1st class, 266 2nd class (2600)
Operator(s) NS Reizigers
Specifications
Train length 69.36 m (227 ft 6 34 in) (2400)
100.54 m (329 ft 10 14 in) (2600)
Width 2.84 m (9 ft 3 34 in)
Height 4.21 m (13 ft 9 34 in)
Floor height 1,055 mm (3 ft 5 12 in)
Entry 850 mm (2 ft 9 12 in)
Doors 12 (2400)
20 (2600)
Articulated sections 4 (2400)
6 (2600)
Wheel diameter 850 mm (2 ft 9 12 in)
Maximum speed

140 km/h (87 mph) (Service)

160 km/h (99 mph) (Design)
Weight 129 t (127 long tons; 142 short tons) (2400)
176 t (173 long tons; 194 short tons) (2600)
Axle load 18.5 t (18.2 long tons; 20.4 short tons)
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 by Bombardier (2400) and Siemens (2600). It is the successor of the Sprinter train type.

Names[edit]

  • Sprinter Lighttrain
  • Sprinter
  • SLT
  • S70 or S100

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 regenerative braking, which can feed 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 been stored out of services.[1][2]

Services operated[edit]

The SLT's are regularly used on these services in the current timetable (2017). They can sometimes appear on other services.

Series Train Type Route Material Notes
3300 Sprinter Hoorn Kersenboogerd - Purmerend - Hoorn - Zaandam - Amsterdam Sloterdijk - Schiphol Airport - Hoofddorp - Leiden Centraal SLT This train only drives between Hoorn Kersenboogerd and Hoofddorp after 8:00 pm.
4000 Sprinter Uitgeest - Zaandam - Amsterdam Sloterdijk - Amsterdam Centraal - Amsterdam Amstel - Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA - Breukelen - Gouda - Rotterdam AlexanderRotterdam Centraal SLT
4300 Sprinter Hoofddorp - Schiphol Airport - Amsterdam Zuid - Duivendrecht - Weesp - Almere Centrum - Almere Oostvaarders SLT
4600 Sprinter Den Haag Centraal - Den Haag Laan van NOI - Leiden Centraal - Hoofddorp - Schiphol Airport - Amsterdam Sloterdijk - Amsterdam Centraal SLT This train continues as 14600 to Zwolle
4700 Sprinter Uitgeest - Zaandam - Amsterdam Sloterdijk - Amsterdam Centraal SLT, SGM This train will continue as 7400 to Rhenen. Does not operate on the weekends.
4900 Sprinter Utrecht Centraal - Utrecht Overvecht - Hilversum - Naarden-Bussum - Almere Centrum SLT This train stops only towards Utrecht Centraal in Utrecht Overvecht. At Sundays, this train drives is only 1 train per hour. This train drives until 8:00 pm
5700 Sprinter Hoofddorp - Schiphol Airport - Amsterdam Zuid - Duivendrecht - Weesp - Naarden-Bussum - Hilversum - Utrecht Overvecht - Utrecht Centraal SLT This train drives until 8:00 pm
5800 Sprinter Hoofddorp - Schiphol Airport - Amsterdam Sloterdijk - Amsterdam Centraal SLT This train continues as 15800 to Amersfoort Vathorst
6000 Sprinter Utrecht Centraal - Houten - Geldermalsen - Tiel SLT This train continues as 6100 to Woerden at Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
6100 Sprinter Woerden - Utrecht Centraal SLT This train drives only at weekdays until 8:00 pm and continues as 6000 to Woerden, but not at Wednesdays.
6800 Sprinter Den Haag CentraalZoetermeerGoudaGouda Goverwelle SLT This train drives only at weekdays until 8:00 pm
6900 Sprinter Utrecht Centraal - Houten - Geldermalsen - 's-Hertogenbosch SLT This train drives only 1 train per hour between Geldermalsen and 's-Hertogenbosch, after 10:00 pm. This train continues as 7800 to Den Haag Centraal
7400 Sprinter Amsterdam Centraal - Amsterdam Amstel - Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA - Breukelen - Utrecht Centraal - Driebergen-Zeist - Rhenen SLT, SGM This train only travels to Amsterdam Centraal by weekday until 8:00 pm. At Amsterdam Centraal, this train will continue as 4700 to Uitgeest.
7800 Sprinter Den Haag CentraalZoetermeerGoudaWoerden - Utrecht Centraal SLT This train continues as 6900 to 's-Hertogenbosch
14600 Sprinter Amsterdam Centraal - Weesp - Almere Centrum - Almere Oostvaarders - Lelystad Centrum - Zwolle SLT This train continues as 4600 to Den Haag Centraal.
14900 Sprinter Utrecht Centraal - Utrecht Overvecht - Hilversum - Naarden-Bussum - Almere Centrum SLT This train only drives after 8:00 pm and drives only 1 time per hour between Hilversum and Almere Centrum.
15800 Sprinter Amsterdam Centraal - Weesp - Naarden-Bussum - Hilversum - Amersfoort - Amersfoort Vathorst SLT This train continues as 5800 to Hoofddorp.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

2012 collision involving an NS Sprinter Lighttrain unit (left)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sprinter kan niet tegen sneeuw". telegraaf.nl. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Tweederde nieuwe sprinters NS kapot". nu.nl. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Drie gewonden bij treinbotsing Leiden" [Three wounded in train crash in Leiden] (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2016.