Stadler KISS

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Stadler KISS
SBB RABe 511 als S12 in Effretikon (cropped).jpg
In service with the Zürich S-Bahn
In service 2011–
Manufacturer Stadler Rail
Constructed 2008–
Entered service 2011
Formation Up to 6 cars per train[1]
Fleet numbers RABe 511
Capacity First class: 112
Second class: 414
Operator(s) Swiss Federal Railways and others
Car body construction Aluminium[1]
Car length 25 m (82 ft 14 in)[1]
Width 2.8 m (9 ft 2 14 in)[1]
Height 4.595 m (15 ft 78 in)[1]
Floor height 440 mm (17 in)[1]
Maximum speed 160 km/h (99 mph)[1]
Weight 296 t (291 long tons; 326 short tons)[1]
Power output 6,000 kW (8,000 hp) Max
4,000 kW (5,400 hp) Cont
Acceleration 1.1 m/s2 (3.6 ft/s2)[1]
Power supply For HVAC
Electric system(s) 15 kV AC 16.7 Hz
overhead catenary[1]
Current collection method Pantograph
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge [1]

The Stadler KISS is a bilevel electric multiple unit commuter train developed by Stadler Rail of Switzerland. It is operated by the Swiss Federal Railways under the classification RABe 511, as well as by other European railways. In the early stages of development it was known as the Stadler DOSTO.

As of 2016, 242 KISS trainsets comprising 1,145 cars have been sold to operators in nine countries.[2]


The original name, "DOSTO", is derived from the German word Doppelstock, meaning "double decker". Since September 2010, Stadler refers to the train as "KISS", an acronym for komfortabler innovativer spurtstarker S-Bahn-Zug, meaning "comfortable, innovative, sprint-capable suburban train".[3]

The trains's power plant is capable of delivering brief bursts (several minutes) of "sprint" power, over 6,000 kilowatts, enabling it to overtake other trains on short express tracks.[4]


The KISS vehicles are the third generation of vehicles for the S-Bahn Zürich. Compared to previous generations, they are characterized mainly by a higher number of standing passengers per car, in part because the longer trains have proportionately fewer cabs. Also, 15 cm width was won by placing the HVAC channels under the ceiling instead of the side panel. The headroom is still two meters, because friction stir welded floor panels made from aluminium extrusions are used. The number of seats, however, is slightly lower than in the previous models. Like in the KISS's predecessors, low-floor entrances, vehicle air conditioning and vacuum toilets (two, including one wheelchair accessible) are available. There are also two multi-functional areas with storage space for strollers, bicycles and the like.

The six-car train set consists of two power cars and four trailers. In the power heads, all axles are powered. "Eurasia" (version for the Russian gauge railways, as six and four-car formation) has no power heads.


Year Customer Country No. of trainsets Notes
2008 Swiss Federal Railways Switzerland 50 For use in the Zürich S-Bahn[5]
2010 BLS AG Switzerland 28 For use in the Bern S-Bahn[6]
2010 Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn Germany 16 For the S-Bahn Berlin-Brandenburg[7]
2010 WESTbahn Austria 7 For service between Vienna and Salzburg[7]
2010 Swiss Federal Railways Switzerland 24 For use on regional express lines[8][9]
2010 CFL Luxembourg 8 For service between Luxembourg and Koblenz[10]
2015 WESTbahn Austria 10 For service between Vienna and Salzburg[11]
2014 Aeroexpress Russia 7[12] For the Moscow airport shuttle service[13][12] as ESh2 "Eurasia"
2015 Azerbaijan Railways Azerbaijan 5[14][12] Labeled as EŞ2 "Eurasia"[12]
2016 Georgian Railways Georgia 4[12] Labeled as GRS "Eurasia"[12]
2016 MÄLAB (leased from Transitio) Sweden 33 For use in the Mälaren Valley. Max speed 200 km/h.[15] Labeled "DOSTO", because "kiss" means "pee" in Swedish
2016 Caltrain USA 16 96 cars, with an option of 96 more[16]
2019 Upplands Lokaltrafik (leased from Transitio) Sweden 16 For the "Upptåget"-service between Uppsala-Gävle[17]


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Electric Double-Deck train DOSTO" (PDF). Train data sheet. Stadler Rail. Retrieved 2008-12-17 and 2010-11-06.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Editor-in-Chief, William C. Vantuono, (16 August 2016). "For Caltrain, 16 KISSes from Stadler (but no FLIRTs)". Railway Age. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Stadler press release, 22 September 2010
  4. ^ [1], feb. 2012
  5. ^ "Neues Rollmaterial für 1,5 Milliarden". Tages-Anzeiger. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  6. ^ "BLS buys double-deckers for Bern S-Bahn". Railway Gazette. 30 March 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Bloch, Urs (23 September 2016). "Stadler Rail präsentiert den neuen Doppelstockzug erstmals im Ausland: Auf den Flirt folgt ein Kiss". Neue Zürcher Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  8. ^ SBB bestellt weitere 24 RegioExpress-Doppelstockzüge. Press release of SBB. Retrieved on 17. April 2010.
  9. ^ "Option im Umfang von 350 Millionen Franken bei der Firma Stadler eingelöst: Weitere Doppelstockzüge für die SBB". 15 April 2010 – via NZZ. 
  10. ^ "A Kiss for Luxembourg - News - Stadler" (Press release). Stadler Rail. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Reidinger, Erwin (7 July 2016). "Stadler presents first Kiss 2 EMU to Westbahn". International Railway Journal. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "ESh2 (rolling stock list and image gallery)". TrainPix. 
  13. ^ UK, DVV Media. "Stadler wins Moscow double-deck train order". 
  14. ^ UK, DVV Media. "Stadler to supply double-deck EMUs to Azerbaijan". 
  15. ^ "Nya tåg" (in Swedish). MÄLAB. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Dubbeldäckare ska rädda Upptåget". Upsala Nya Tidning (in Swedish). 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 

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