Škoda and Siemens consortium wins €115m rail car contract from Czech Railways

By Sophie Chapman
Czech Railways (ČD), the Czech railway operator, has awarded a €115m (US$134.4mn) contract to a consortium made up of Škoda and Siemens. The deal w...

Czech Railways (ČD), the Czech railway operator, has awarded a €115m (US$134.4mn) contract to a consortium made up of Škoda and Siemens.

The deal will see the joint venture develop 50 Viaggio Comfort passenger cars to the Czech Republic’s main railway operator.

Siemens will be responsible for the design, manufacturing, and delivery stages of the passenger cars.

Škoda will execute the vehicles’ electrics and mechanics at the assembly line, whilst working on static commissioning procedures.

It is anticipated that the two firms will deliver the first vehicles to ČD in 32 weeks’ time.

SEE ALSO:

“The new concept combines the comfort and equipment of high-speed trains with the advantages offered by locomotive-hauled trains,” said Pavel Krtek, CEO of Czech Railways.

“This will enable us to further strengthen our competitiveness in mainline transport, not only within the Czech Republic but also in Central Europe.”

With the new passenger cars, ČD aims to enhance its mainline services through expansion and flexibility.

According to Siemens, the cars can be used as five-unit trains, with each end featuring a standard UIC coupling allowing the vehicles to be adaptable to other cars.

When formed as a functioning train, the locomotive will stretch for 330m and will feature 330 seats, travelling at speeds of up to 200km/h.

Share

Featured Articles

Microsoft’s Çağlayan Arkan explores the supply chain

Çağlayan Arkan, Microsoft’s VP Global Strategy & Sales Lead for Manufacturing & Supply Chain, gives his take on digital factories and ‘the art of possible’

Elisabeth Brinton on the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

Microsoft’s Elisabeth Brinton discusses the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability programme & how manufacturers are being supported by their new technology

Aiimi’s Head of Solution Engineering Matt Eustace on risks

Aiimi utilises AI to provide businesses insights that eliminate risks ‒ including how to manage sanctioned individuals in your supply chain

5 minutes with Nicolai Peitersen, co-founder of Wikifactory

Procurement & Supply Chain

Three steps to building a resilient enterprise ecosystem

Procurement & Supply Chain

Chocolate manufacturer Venchi on sustainable packaging

Procurement & Supply Chain