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Five new CAF units for the commuter train service on Mallorca – but no tramway

© SFM Prensa

A delegation from Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca (SFM), the metre-gauge suburban and regional railway on the Balearic island of Mallorca, visited the factory of Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) in Irun, where the first of the five new four-car electric multiple units is nearing completion. The trains will be delivered to the island in 2024. They will then strengthen the current SFM fleet, which consists of 13 regional trains and 6 metro cars from CAF, while 6 partially low-floor TramTrain vehicles from Vossloh which had been out of service for years although almost as good as new, resumed operational service.

The first new CAF train is expected to arrive in Palma de Mallorca in February – if all goes well, all 5 trains will be in revenue service by autumn 2024.

The contract with CAF for the production of five electric trains involved an investment of 54,653,612 euros (excluding VAT), 90% of which will come from the European REACT-EU funds earmarked for the economic recovery after the COVID19 crisis.

The first of five new train sets at the CAF factory in Irún | © SFM Prensa
SFM’s delegation in Irún | © SFM Prensa

In terms of SFM’s route network, the extension of the underutilised metro line by one stop from its current terminus on the university campus is currently at the top of the agenda. The new Constància/Hospital d’Inca stop on the main line to Inca has just been completed. In contrast, the low-floor tramway network, which had already been largely planned, has been put on hold once again following the last political change in the regional government..

The new Constància/Hospital d’Inca stop | © SFM Prensa