Belarus-made double-deck trains for Russian Aeroexpress

Double-deck trains for the Russian company Aeroexpress will be made in Belarus. The factory to make the trains is being built in the town of Fanipol, Minsk Oblast, Mr Philipp Brunner, director of the project representing the Swiss company Stadler, told media on 21 February, BelTA has learned.

Stadler, which is a co-founder of the Belarusian-Swiss public joint-stock company Electric Transport, has won the relevant tender in Moscow and will have to supply the customer with 16 four-car trains and 8 six-car trains by 2016. The delivery of 13 more trains is possible. The new factory in Fanipol is expected to start manufacturing the trains in late 2013.

The trains for Aeroexpress will be based on the existing Swiss KISS trains, but will have several technical differences, which are required for operation in Russia. For instance, the train track gauge in Russia, the width of the rolling stock and its height differ from those used in Western Europe. Apart from that, there are tougher requirements regarding the susceptibility to the climate. The new trains will be able to travel at speeds of up to 160kmph. The light interior will be offered to passengers in business and economy class. The railcars will be made of light aluminum and therefore their weight will be considerably less in comparison with conventional steel railcars, resulting in lower operation costs.

Philipp Brunner underlined the importance of the deal with Aeroexpress. Such double-deck trains are already available in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg. A total of 133 KISS type trains have been commissioned.

The investment project to set up a joint factory to make railway and urban electric passenger transport vehicles in Fanipol has been specified by Belarus President decree No. 322 of 20 July 2012. OAO Belkommunmash Holding Management Company and Stadler Rail AG Company (Switzerland) have signed the investment project that will run in 2012-2016. Stadler Rail AG will acquire 60% of the authorized fund in the enterprise to be created. The company is the customer that has ordered the factory designed and built as well as the engineering and transport infrastructure the factory needs. OAO Belkommunmash Holding Management Company represents the Belarusian side in the project. The joint venture will create over 1,000 jobs. The merchandise will be sold on the home market and the CIS market.

The Russian transport operator OOO Aeroexpress operates commuter trains that connect Moscow, Sochi, and Vladivostok with the airports that service these cities. The company was created in 2005 and is in charge of transporting passengers of the Moscow airports Vnukovo, Domodedovo, and Sheremetyevo from central railway stations of Moscow. The Aeroexpress service also connects the airport of Sochi and Sochi train stations, offers suburban passenger transportation to the town of Lobnya, Moscow Oblast.


Source : news.belta

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