March 27, 2017

Cuba evaluates lightweight railbus

Written by  Erwin Reidinger
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RUSSIAN manufacturer Muromteplovoz has built the prototype of a new railbus design for minor branch lines in Cuba.

The new railbus is named “Alisa” and is smaller than the SV-10 DMUs which are currently being assembled in Cuba by Muromteplovoz.

The railbus weighs 12 tonnes and it can travel on minor branch lines with lightly-laid track. It can accommodate 50 passengers, 24 seated, and is powered by a YaMZ-236 engine via mechanical transmission.

The prototype was sent to Cuba as an exhibit during a trade fair last year.

No more details have been given, but it is likely that series production will involve assembly in Cuba, just like the SV-10 DMUs. The new railcar will be used on minor branch lines which are at present being served by Cuban-built Carahata railbuses which are almost life-expired.

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