Škoda Vagonka to deliver fourteen new trains to Czech Railways
Škoda Vagonka signed a contract to supply Czech Railways with fourteen electric single deck units of the “Panther family” fitted for inter-regional and long-distance transport. The new modern train units, costing 2.6 billion CZK, will be made between 2015 and 2016 and are going to serve on internal express train lines.
“Czech Railways will receive ten five-car and four three-car electric units with the capacity of 350 and 200 passengers respectively. They are going to service inter-regional and long-distance transport lines in the
These will be low-floor units, which is going to make life easier not only for people with reduced mobility, especially wheelchair users and the elderly, but also for mothers with children. Compared to the current RegioPanther version, the new one will have only one boarding door per car. But at the same time, the boarding area will be separated from the passenger compartments by internal electrically-controlled doors.
The interior is going to be designed for long-distance transport not only by utilizing the most comfortable 1st and 2nd class seats, but also a complete interior with spaces for large luggage storage, expanded bike racks and compartments dedicated to passengers with small children. The whole train is air-conditioned. Of course there is also a modern audio-visual LCD information system, WiFi and multiple electrical outlets for PCs. The units will be equipped with a booking system not only for passenger seats, but also for booking space for bicycles.
“At present, there are 21 RegioPanther units in operation on local and regional lines in the
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Škoda Transportation is one of the leading European companies in the field of transport engineering. Its primary products include low-floor trams, electric locomotives, suburban train units, underground sets, trolley buses, traction motors and complete drives for transportation systems. Sales of the group amount to approximately 15 billion Czech crowns annually, and the group has employed approximately four thousand people for several years. Škoda Transportation has several subsidiary companies and joint ventures not only in the Czech Republic but also in China, Poland, Hungary and Germany. It is only thanks to its high investment in research and development that Škoda Transportation can regularly introduce new and modern products to the market. These products have also been successful abroad. Škoda Transportation has invested over 3 billion Czech crowns into research and development over the last three years.