The delivery will consist of a total of 180 cars with a capacity of 555 seats and a maximum operating speed of 230 km / h.
“In the Czech Republic, there are plans to increase the speed on conventional lines to 200 km / h and to build high-speed lines. In the future, this will enable the operation of trains higher than the currently permitted speed of 160 km / h, “said the head of Czech Railways Ivan Bednárik.
Visualization of the interior of the new set
Photo: Czech Railways, News
“This is one of the reasons why we must continue with the planned investments in new trains, which will meet the requirements for the standards of vehicles operating on both conventional and high-speed networks in Central Europe. In this way, we will strengthen long-term strategic partnerships in the field of international transport and strengthen our position in long-distance transport, “he added.
The state carrier counts on the new sets on the interstate long-distance lines Prague – Ústí nad Labem – Berlin – Hamburg, Prague – Brno – Budapest and Prague – Brno – Vienna – Graz – Villach. Already in the first years of operation, trains should use their maximum speed at least in the section between Berlin and Hamburg.
Trains will have some features typical of high-speed sets. These are, for example, fixed inter-vehicle connections, which enable barrier-free passage through the entire train and prevent the penetration of noise, cold and dust from the outside environment.
Each of the sets should have nine cars and will be composed of first and second class cars, a restaurant section, a children’s corner, storage space for large luggage or bicycles and other parts.
The contract also includes two other cars for the Railway Administration, which wants to use them for track testing. It will be a diagnostic kit for regular measurement of static and dynamic parameters of the traction line, which will replace the existing measuring car more than 30 years old. The administration joined the Czech Railways contract, as it would have been more expensive for the organization on its own.
At the end of February, the railways ordered 33 new motorized barrier-free trains for the regions from the Polish manufacturer PESA Bydgoszcz SA. They will pay almost three billion crowns for trains. Czech Railways now has more than 500 locomotives, about a thousand complete sets and over 2,000 individual cars.