Russian carriages debut in Africa
The Egyptian National Railways (ENR) launched the brand new carriages on its routes. 33 units were produced by Russian manufacturing group Transmashholding (TMH) at its facilities in Russia and Hungary. Egypt has become the first African country where TMH-made rolling stock runs.
“Passenger carriages, manufactured by Tver Carriage Works, were put into operation in Egypt,” the Russian rolling plant belonged to TMH reported on Thursday, 13 August. 33 units are running the daily scheduled connections on three routes: Cairo – Alexandria (208 kilometres), Cairo – Asyut (380 kilometres), Cairo – Asyut – Sohag (473 kilometres). Each carriage has a seating capacity for carrying up to 88 passengers. These units were delivered to Egypt in July. By the year’s end, ENR will receive 175 carriages that will be manufactured by Tver Carriage Works (TVZ) and Dunakeszi Járműjavító (DJJ), TMH’s manufacturing facility in Hungary.
The 33 third-class carriages with force ventilation were delivered to Egypt as the first batch. In total, TMH is committed to supplying to Egypt 1,300 carriages of five types. Half of the ordered units will be manufactured by TVZ. Another portion will be assembled by DJJ. All the carriages should be supplied within five years.
ENR ordered 1,300 carriages from TMH in September 2018. The deal is worth at 1 billion euros and is jointly financed by the Hungarian and Russian export-import banks. According to the agreement, the Russian manufacturer will deliver the following types of carriages to ENR:
- 800 third-class units with forced ventilation,
- 200 third-class units with air-conditioning,
- 180 second-class units with air-conditioning,
- 30 second-class units with air-conditioning and buffets,
- 90 first-class units with air-conditioning.