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TVZ couchette wagon of type 61-4447, source: Tver Carriage Works (TVZ)

Transmashholding supplies 30 sleeping cars to Belarus

Tver Carriage Works (TVZ), part of Transmashholding, will construct and deliver 30 sleeping wagons for Belarusian Railway. The first cars will be supplied in June. The deal should be accomplished by the end of November 2019.

TVZ is obliged to produce 30 sleeping cars of three types. 14 couchette (also called as “Platzkart”) cars of type 61-4447, eight corridor cars of type 61-4444 and eight staff compartment cars of type 61-4445. All the cars will be equipped with air conditioning, video surveillance, water and air disinfection, fire alarm systems as well as with vacuum toilets. The deal is financed by BelVEBleasing, a joint venture of Belvnesheconombank (Belarus) and VEB-leasing (Russia).

Wagon features

Each couchette car has sleeping places for 54 passengers. This type of coaches provides the cheapest service in Belarus. The car consists of open compartments for six passengers: four places are on one side, two places on the other side. However, the wagons are equipped with USB ports and sockets to charge electronic devices. This type has a special control system to regulate the air conditioning, lighting. water supply, heating and so on. This system is managed by a conductor.

The staff compartment wagon has 26 sleeping places for passengers and two places for conductors. This type is applicable for passengers with reduced mobility, it is equipped with a special shower and toilet. The corridor wagons are dedicated to carrying 36 passengers. This type is divided into the closed compartments per four passengers each.

TVZ is cooperating with Belarusian Railway since 1998. Since that time, the Russian manufacturer supplied more than 110 new passenger cars and 57 railcar assembly sets. The latest batch of passenger cars was delivered to Belarus in summer 2018.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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