SWITZERLAND: Stadler has handed over to Aare Seeland Mobil the first Schmalspur Triebzug für Attraktiven Regionalverkehr, or 'narrow gauge railcar for attractive regional transport'.

ASM placed a SFr18·5m order for three low-floor three-car EMUs in 2005. They will be used on its 1·2 kV DC metre-gauge line from Solothurn to Langenthal and St Urban, and a planned branch to Oensingen. The EMUs have 121 seats, and magnetic track brakes for street running in Solothurn.

  • CAPTION: Stadler CEO Peter Spuhler (left) formally handed the first STAR to ASM directior Ulrich Sinzig.