Arriva accident in Dalfsen, Netherlands

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A not yet identified truck wanted to cross the tracks and guess what a train came. There are injuries, but no word yet if people where killed. Several trains are on their side. As it is single track; it happened between Dalfsen and Ommen. Word is that the traindriver has died.




http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35639164
A passenger train has derailed near the Dutch town of Dalfsen, leaving one person dead, officials say.

The train hit a hydraulic crane on a crossing, tilted over and went into a field, leaving several carriages lying on their sides.

Residents said the crane had been crossing the line, east of the city of Zwolle, when the train ran into it.
The local mayor said one person was dead but it not yet known how many others are hurt.

Witnesses said the train driver had been killed but there was no immediate confirmation from the operator, Arriva....
 
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Shades of Aylesford. A stark reminder to Croydon centric senior civil servants that £60k and 3 days a week does have a downside.
 

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To give you an impression what a "hoogwerker" is, i have added this picture.

 

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Looking at the images, the train looks to be of a rather lightweight design barely more than a tram-train, would it be correct to assume that it's an articulated unit manufatured by Stadler or similar? I would also just wish to add my condolences for the deceased.
 

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Looking at the images, the train looks to be of a rather lightweight design barely more than a tram-train, would it be correct to assume that it's an articulated unit manufatured by Stadler or similar? I would also just wish to add my condolences for the deceased.

Its a Stadler Flirt, same as the one in Germany a few weeks ago. Everytime they are involved in a crash they don't seem to do well, the Austrians banged some of the diesel ones together a few years back at low speed and both were written off.
 

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You can see that part on this picture.



"Niciest" thing in the dutch media was whether the train ended up in a cornfield or in a pasture/meadow. I doubt that that is important.
 

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Its a Stadler Flirt, same as the one in Germany a few weeks ago. Everytime they are involved in a crash they don't seem to do well, the Austrians banged some of the diesel ones together a few years back at low speed and both were written off.

They're very big, boxy units. One benefit of small UK loading gauge trains is that a tube of smaller diameter is going to be stronger than one of larger diameter for a given sidewall width.

It never ceases to impress how the Pendolino at Greyrigg had no significant visible damage (though it was in fact written off) despite flying through the air into a field at some speed.
 

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Its a Stadler Flirt, same as the one in Germany a few weeks ago. Everytime they are involved in a crash they don't seem to do well, the Austrians banged some of the diesel ones together a few years back at low speed and both were written off.

It's actually a Stadler GTW which is smaller than a Flirt.
 

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The train in the accident is called a Spurt.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spurt_(Dutch_Railways)

The difference between Spurt and Flirt is that a Spurt has a separate enginecompartment. You will not see it with a Flirt. Also there are some other technical differences.

It's a Stadler GTW, an older design than the FLIRT but very similar in terms of the body design (but, you're right, having a short locomotive between two of the coaches). "Spurt" (silly name) is a service brand, a bit like "Sprinter".
 

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Outside of this topic the name Pacer for a bus on steel wheels is more insulting.
 

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It starts with a Flirt, and ends with a Spurt....

On a very slightly more serious note, I presume the name Flirt wasn't chosen for it's meaning in English?!
 
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FLIRT stands for Flinker Leichter Innovativer Regional Triebzug, which translates to Fast Light Innovative Regional Train. They also sell double decker trains, named KISS: Komfortabler Innovativer Spurtstarker S-Bahn-Zug (which means comfortable, innovative, sprint-capable suburban train).

Recently, Stadler sold KISS double deck trains to Transitio, a Swedish lease company. However, these trains are not referred to as "KISS" sets because kiss means pee in Swedish. :P
 

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Flinker Leichter Innovativer RegionalTriebzug; that is why it is called a FLIRT!
 

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Flinker Leichter Innovativer RegionalTriebzug; that is why it is called a FLIRT!

Flexibler is the F isn't it? Rest of it is correct.

Edit: no, you're right. "Flink" apparently means nimble, quick, agile, swift etc. The Swiss ones do go like the proverbial off a shiny shovel!
 
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The name 'Spurt' was chosen by Arriva, not by Stadler. Veolia have given the name 'Velios' to their GTW's.
 

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Spurt is in the Netherlands (maybe also in England) where someone close to/at the finish increases his/her speed.
 
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