April 29, 2014

Belarus gets set to introduce five-car Flirts

Written by  Alexander Kava
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BELARUS Railways (BC) will introduce five-car Stadler Flirt EMUs on Minsk - Baranovichi, Minsk - Orsha, and Baranovichi - Brest services on May 1, replacing four-car Flirts which will be transferred to the recently-electfied Minsk - Osipovichi - Bobruysk line.

The five-car Flirts arrived in Belarus in late 2013 and early 2014 and have since undergone testing.

BC is also set to replace its DR1B DMUs on the Minsk - Vilnius line from May 1 with three DP3 EMUs manufactured by Pesa, delivery of which was completed this month. In addition Russian Railways (RZD) has transferred its fleet of 40 Skoda ChS8 locomotives from the Timoshevskaya depot on the North Caucaus Railway to the Vyazma and Bryansk-2 depot in order to serve the Vyazma - Minsk - Brest and Sukhinichi - Bryansk - Kiev lines.

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