Czech Railways

ČD kicks off trial operation of RegioFox trains

Sign Ceske Drahy on the passenger train of Czech Republic Railway. Ceske Drahy is main railway operator in Czech Republic. BOKEH STOCK / Shutterstock

Czech Railways (ČD) has heralded the debut of its new RegioFox 847 series engines, with the commencement of trial operations in the Central Bohemian Region. The maiden journey of this much-anticipated train set out as passenger train 7708, traveling from Rakovník to Beroun on the 15th August.

This landmark initiative was launched with two units of the 847 series and over the upcoming weeks, this number could escalate to as many as six trains undergoing trial operations.

“The trial operation with passengers takes place on the lines S 75 Rakovník – Beroun and S 6 Beroun – Rudná u Prahy – Prague,” a spokesperson for ČD commented. “The new units have to cover a total of 50,000 kilometres as part of the trial operation.”

An official unveiling of the RegioFox units for the general public will take place on August 25th at the Beroun station, scheduled for August 25, 2023.

The 847 series promises efficiency and speed, boasting a top speed of 120 kilometres per hour and a power output of 750 kW. Additionally, they are integrated with advanced signalling and communication systems, encompassing the ETCS train protection system and GSM-R radio communication. The units are powered by a cutting-edge, low-emission Rolls-Royce engine, which not only meets Stage V emission standards but is also geared to run on modern synthetic HVO fuels.

Each unit features a capacity of 115 seats with modern, air-conditioned interiors and ergonomically designed upholstered seats in 1st and 2nd class. Passengers can utilize electrical sockets, which also feature USB ports, stay connected with onboard Wi-Fi, and receive updates via a state-of-the-art audiovisual information system.Barrier-free access with vehicle floor is provided at platforms, with a retractable platform and an extendable step for lower platforms, allowing passengers in wheelchairs to bridge the space between the platform and the floor of the car.

Author: Malcolm Ramsay

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