NS Sprinter Lighttrain

NS Sprinter Lighttrain (SLT) - Class 2400 / 2600

A 4-car 2400 SLT in Utrecht

Standard class interior
Manufacturer Bombardier (2400)
Siemens (2600)
Replaced Mat '64, NS DD-AR
Constructed 2007-2012
Entered service 2009-present
Number under construction 69 (2400)
62 (2600)

4: mABk + mB + B + mABk (2400)

mABk + mB + AB + B + mB + mABk (2600)
Fleet numbers 2401-2469, 2601-2662
Capacity 40 1st class, 176 2nd class (2400)
56 1st class, 266 2nd class (2600)
Operator(s) NS Reizigers
Train length 69.36 m (227 ft 6 34 in) (2400)
100.54 m (329 ft 10 14 in) (2600)
Width 2.84 m (9 ft 3 34 in)
Height 4.21 m (13 ft 9 34 in)
Floor height 1,055 mm (3 ft 5 12 in)
Entry 850 mm (2 ft 9 12 in)
Doors 12 (2400)
20 (2600)
Articulated sections 4 (2400)
6 (2600)
Wheel diameter 850 mm (2 ft 9 12 in)
Maximum speed 160 km/h (99 mph)
Weight 129 t (127 long tons; 142 short tons) (2400)
176 t (173 long tons; 194 short tons) (2600)
Axle load 18.5 t (18.2 long tons; 20.4 short tons)
Power output 1,260 kW (1,690 hp) (2400)
1,680 kW (2,253 hp) (2600)
Electric system(s) 1.5 kV DC Catenary
Current collection method Pantograph
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Sprinter Lighttrain or SLT is an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train type operated by the Nederlandse Spoorwegen in the Netherlands. They were built from 2007 to 2012 by Bombardier (2400) and Siemens (2600). It is the successor of the Sprinter train type.


General information

2607 arriving at Amsterdam Amstel.

The SLT is designed to replace the Mat '64 trains from the 1960s and 1970s. The first 35 sets were ordered in 2005 and the first set, 2402 arrived in January 2008. The second set, 2602 arrived in February 2008 and both were used on test runs. In September 2007 NS ordered a further 64 sets, and these started arriving in the Netherlands in mid-2009. In 2009 a further 32 were ordered. The trains use regenarative braking, which can feed braking energy back into the contact wire when they brake.

The trains are based on the DB Class 425 design, but made to meet the demands of the Sprinter. They use Jacobs bogie, which allow for thin and wide gangways between each coach. The units were built in Aachen (2400) and Krefeld (2600).

Use of Sprinter Lighttrains

The SLT is primarily for the Randstad area, around the four main cities (Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam). They are used on stopping services, designed for routes where stations are close together and for this they feature many wide doors and fast acceleration.

After many test runs without passengers, they were put into service on 23 February 2009 between Den Haag Centraal - Gouda - Utrecht Centraal, two months later than planned. Passengers were happy with the comfort, no step between the train and the platform and the fresh interior, however the trains lack a toilet.

Problems occurred, especially when a four-car and a six-car unit coupled together, so the test was stopped temporarily on 1 May 2009. The test started again on 21 September 2009, outside of the peak hours. Again there were problems, and delivery of sets was stopped for the time being.

With the December 2009 timetable change, sets were put in again between Utrecht and Den Haag, as well as between Gouda and Rotterdam. In February 2010, the delivery of new sets was restarted, with four sets arriving each week. In May 2010 SLT sets also began operating between Rotterdam Centraal and Hoek van Holland and on 24 May 2010 also between Utrecht Centraal and Baarn via Soest.

In December 2010 more than 2/3 of the SLT's failed after snowfall, leaving the NS to revert to the old trains that had recently been stored out of services.[1][2]

Services operated

The SLT's are regularly used on these services in the current timetable (2014-2015). They can sometimes appear on other services.

Accidents and incidents

2012 collision involving an NS Sprinter Lighttrain unit (left)


  1. "Sprinter kan niet tegen sneeuw". telegraaf.nl. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  2. "Tweederde nieuwe sprinters NS kapot". nu.nl. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  3. "Drie gewonden bij treinbotsing Leiden" [Three wounded in train crash in Leiden] (in Dutch). De Telegraaf. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
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