NETHERLANDS Railways’ passenger business NS Reizigers announced on February 10 that it had placed an order two days earlier for 252 double-deck EMU cars worth a total of 1bn guilders. The units will be the first to be designed for future operation at 25 kV 50Hz as well as 1·5 kV DC.

Bombardier Transportation is to supply 13 four-car and 12 six-car EMUs to the IRM design developed by NS Reizigers and Waggonfabrik Talbot in the early 1990s. Another 128 intermediate vehicles designated VIRM will strengthen the existing three and four-car sets. Bodyshells will be assembled at G