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V250
Fyra Vught.jpg
V250 passing Vught.
In service 2009 -
Manufacturer AnsaldoBreda
Number built 2 (prototypes, 19 ordered)
Capacity 127 First Class
419 Second Class
Operator NS Hispeed
SNCB
Line(s) served HSL-Zuid, HSL 4 (intended)
Specifications
Car length 24,500 mm
Width 2,870 mm
Height 4,080 mm
saloon interior height 2,160 mm
Floor height 1,260 mm
Doors 900 mm
Articulated sections 860 mm
Maximum speed 250 km/h
Weight 423 t
(maximum service weight 485 t)
Acceleration 0.57 m/s2
Deceleration 1 m/s2
Power output 5,500 kW
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC
3kV
1.5kV
Safety system(s) TVM
ERTMS/ETCS
BAcc/SCM
Gauge 1,435 mm (Standard Gauge)

The V250, also known as Albatross, is a high-speed train to be built by AnsaldoBreda and styled by Pininfarina, designed to operate on the newly built HSL-Zuid in the Netherlands and its extension HSL 4 in Belgium. The High Speed Alliance, a collaboration between the NS (Dutch Railways) and KLM, will operate these trains on the internal shuttle service between the cities along the line under the name Fyra. The name is a reference to the top speed of the trains, 250 km/h. While this is slower than other high-speed trains, it is higher than the current top speed for Dutch trains of 140 km/h. The distinctive styling of the trains has sometimes been compared to a platypus.

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Operation

The trains are multi-current and can run on most major electrification systems in Europe, and are standard equipped with multiple train protection systems, allowing the trains to run in Belgium and the Netherlands. But for the time being, they will only see service as a shuttle train between Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Breda, Antwerp, and Brussels.

Delivery problems

The trains were originally intended to be delivered in 2007, but by August 2008 only a single prototype had been delivered to a test track in the Czech Republic, which appeared to be inoperable at the time.[1] Not only has delivery of the trains been delayed, the high-speed route between Antwerp and Amsterdam (HSL-Zuid) had also been delivered later than scheduled. Although the route has been in operation since September 2009, it is still unknown when the trains will be delivered. The latest information states Q4 2010 as the moment when the V250 trains will come into service.

On 28 April 2009, the first V250 — still lacking an interior — arrived in The Netherlands for shakedown testing.[2][3]

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