Siemens has secured a €100m order from Czech State Railways Ceske Drahy (CD) to supply seven seven-car Railjet trains. The contract also includes options for an additional eight eight-car trains by mid-2013.
The order is scheduled to be delivered from 2014 to the Czech State Railways to help in modernising its vehicle fleet.
According to CD, the introduction of the new trains will offer passengers modern, comfortable trains, as well as help the rail operator to increase services on national routes and cross-border mainline services to Austria and other neighbouring countries.
Each of the 185m Railjet trains will have a total of 446 seats in three classes, including first, business and economy.
The seven-car trains will be capable of reaching a top speed of 230km/h and will be suitable for international high-speed operation.
Each of the trains will feature a bistro car, a barrier-free WC for people with restricted mobility, a wheelchair lift, a small movie theatre for children and room for baby buggies.
The technical systems of the trains are based on the intercity vehicles marketed by Siemens under the name Viaggio Comfort.
Siemens’ Graz factory will manufacture the bogies, while the final assembly of the vehicles will be carried out at the company’s Vienna plant.
In September 2011, the company won a €200m order from CD to deliver 16 seven-car Railjet trains to be employed on the national mainline between Prague and Brno and in cross-border traffic to Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia.
Siemens expects to start delivery of the trains in 2013, with all 16 Railjets to be delivered by 2014.