July 27, 2012

Moldova upgrades long-distance services

Written by  Alexander Kava
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Moldova upgrades long-distance services CFM

MOLDOVAN Railways (CFM) will launch an accelerated service between the capital Chisinau and Ocnita on July 28, using the first of a fleet of modernised dmus.

The four-car train, which seats 267 passengers in first, second and third class accommodation, will complete the 283km journey in 5h 15min, a 15-minute improvement on current timings.

The extensive rebuild includes new cabs, installation of air-conditioning and new Volvo Penta Tad1662VE engines, and is being carried out by Remar at is workshops in Pascani, Romania. Remar will modernise 14 trains at a cost of €2.2m per set.

The D1Ms were originally supplied by Ganz-Mavag, Hungary, in 1986 and classified D1 prior to rebuilding.

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