Kazakhstan railway

Stadler receives major night train rolling stock order for Kazakhstan

The southern steppe of Kazakhstan seen from a train. 2013, Petar Milošević / Wikimedia Commons

Federal Railways of Kazakhstan (KTZ) has placed a remarkable order with Stadler for 537 sleeper and couchette coaches. The long-term contract also includes a service agreement for a duration of 20 years, as well as technology transfers. The deals is valued at 2.3 billion euros.

KTZ’s order is split into 234, forty-seat passenger carriages, 233 couchette sleeper cars that can seat 58 each, 35 passenger carriages with 18 seats – those that will be used by staff and passengers with limited mobility, and finally 35 generator carriages.

The rolling stock will be designed for the 1,520 mm gauge of Kazakhstan, which is also used in many countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as Russia. The sleeper trains will run on electrified and non-electrified lines in both Kazakhstan and member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose association of ex-Soviet states that emerged with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Given the climate conditions in the area, the rilling stock will be built to operate in a temperature range of -50 and 45 degrees Celsius.

The first deliveries are expected in 2030, and the contract includes an option to beef up the the number of orders. As part of the agreement with KTZ, a local production facility will be acquired in Astana, where around 100 people will be employed.

This project will see the Swiss-based Stadler enter a new market and expand our geographical presence in the CIS states. “Thanks to our innovative products and expertise, we believe that we can help take public transport in Kazakhstan to the next level”, Peter Spuhler, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stadler, said about the deal.

Author: Nick Augusteijn

Former Chief Editor of RailTech.com

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