THE ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION GROUP WILL DELIVER NEW RESTAURANT CARS FOR VR PASSENGER SERVICES
Škoda Transtech of the Škoda Transportation Group will deliver seven new restaurant cars for Finnish Railways. The total value of the contract is approximately 600 million crowns. The cars will go into service in 2021-2022. The cars will be manufactured in Kajaani, Finland.
“We have strengthened our position as a leading supplier of rolling stock in the Scandinavian market. I’m happy that this order will allow us to continue our collaboration with VR Passenger Services and the 290 cars we have already built for them,” says Petr Brzezina, Chairman of the Board and President of the Škoda Transportation Group.
Škoda Transtech has already produced 26 restaurant cars for the Finnish Railways. Company has several types of double-decker carriages in its portfolio. These are passenger, control and sleeper cars. The first passenger car was deployed on Finnish tracks in July 1998.
“The restaurant cars from Škoda Transtech offer complete service for passengers. The restaurant section on the lower floor of the car has a kitchen, counter and dining room. At one end of the car is a café that offers open space for passengers to get together in or it can provide the venue for a cultural program. There is a kiosk at the other end of the car, which also provides service for the upper floor. The passenger section on the upper floor can also be used as a conference room for up to 41 people,” adds Zdeněk Majer, Chairman of the Board of Škoda Transtech and senior Vice-President of the Škoda Transportation Group.
All of the cars are pressure-tight in design and excel in thermal insulation, something that is ideal for operations in the severe conditions of the north where temperatures get as low as -35 degrees Celsius. Even the transitions are pressure-tight, allowing movement between the cars to be safe and comfortable. The vehicles comply with TSI and their maximum speed is 200 km/hour. All cars have a rugged aluminum structure designed in accordance with existing safety standards so that in the event of an accident the deformation zones absorb any crash and so keep passengers safe from the effects of the collision.
“Customers appreciate our renewed restaurant services and their popularity is growing, by 20% over the last couple of years. At the same time we are continuing to increase the capacity of our cars. Since 2015 we have invested €235 million to our rolling stock including the new restaurant cars,” says Maisa Romanainen, Senior Vice President of Passenger Services, VR Group.
The Škoda Transportation Group has made a name for itself on the demanding Scandinavian market. There are currently more than fifty ForCity Smart Artic trams operating in Helsinki. The first Artic trams in the Finnish capital went into passenger service in 2013. In recent years close to one hundred Škoda trams worth roughly eight billion crowns have been ordered for Helsinki. More trams are heading to Tampere in Finland and the company will share in delivering modern trams to the German cities of Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg.
Skoda Transtech is the largest manufacturer of rolling stock in Scandinavia. The company was founded in 1985. In 2015 it became a member of the Škoda Transportation Group and in 2018 the company was completely taken over by the Škoda Transportation Group. Its main products include double-decker electric cars (operated as PushPull trains), trams and engineering products. It currently employs more than 700 people