ŠKODA WILL SUPPLY NEW PUSH-PULL TRAINS FOR THE MORAVIAN-SILESIAN REGION
The Škoda Transportation and Škoda Vagonka consortium signed a contract for the supply of five double-decker, push-pull trains with České dráhy. These are modern vehicles designed for regional transport in the Moravian-Silesian Region on the Ostrava - Frenštát pod Radhoštěm line. The total value of the contract, including the supply of spare parts, is approximately one billion korunas.
„Passengers can look forward to next generation double-decker trains that fully meet Western European standards. The trains are based on the concept of train cars that we currently supply for Deutsche Bahn. Three-car trains consisting of two passenger cars and one control car with a total capacity of up to 356 seats will be part of the basic set. We also provide an extra guarantee of five years from delivery to operation for the trains,” says Petr Brzezina, Chairman of the Board and President of the Škoda Transportation group.
„In agreement with the Moravian-Silesian Region, we have selected the concept of non-traction, push-pull trains for the track between Ostrava, Frýdek-Místek, Frýdlant nad Ostravicí and Frenštát pod Radhoštěm. Their great advantage is the easy traction change after the planned electrification of the line from Ostrava towards Frenštát pod Radhoštěm. The unit can initially be driven by a motor locomotive, which will then be replaced by an electric locomotive. The new trains will offer all the current comforts such as wheelchair access, air-conditioned compartments, Wi-Fi internet access, electric power outlets for passengers, and large spaces for wheelchair users, baby carriages, bikes and skis in winter,“ says Miroslav Kupec, Chairman of the Board and CEO of České dráhy, listing the advantages of the new non-traction trains.
Push-pull trains are non-traction trains that are pulled or pushed by a locomotive. "Our three-car train is designed for regional transport and is fully air-conditioned with comfortable 2nd class seats, including a small first class compartment. We have also thought about tourists, bikers and skiers. The spacious multifunctional areas allow the transport of up to thirty bicycles, baby carriages and large luggage. The train also contains a ski rack." adds Martin Bednarz, Chairman of the Board of Škoda Vagonka, and Vice President Project Manager of Škoda Transportation. The train contains five toilets, one of which is for wheelchair users. It is also designed for the transport of blind passengers, and it allows the transport of up to four wheelchair users with an accompanying person.
The trains are designed for operation at a maximum speed of 160 km/h, and they are partially low-floor for barrier-free access from platforms with a height of 550 mm. The microprocessor control system allows one driver to control the train from the driver's cab or locomotive without another person being present. The standard equipment of the train includes an information system, Wi-Fi and a new ETCS system.
The consortium won the tender announced in March last year. All five trains will be put into operation with passengers within 25 months of the signing of the purchase contract, i.e. in the spring of 2021. The purchase of the trains will be financed from OPD2 European funds.