February 13, 2014

Siemens presents first Czech Railjet train

Written by  Erwin Reidinger
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Siemens presents first Czech Railjet train Erwin Reidinger

SIEMENS presented the first set of Railjet long-distance coaches for Czech Railways (CD) to the press at its Simmering facility in Vienna on February 12.

Unlike the trains supplied to Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) the Czech Railjets are formed of five second class coaches, one restaurant0 car, and a first/business-class driving trailer. One of the second class coaches also has a bicycle compartment with 10 folding seats.

The set seats 394 passengers in second class, 42 in first class, and six in business class. The CD Railjet also has a different software package from the ÖBB trains, which will require a separate approval before the train can carry passengers. Trials therefore began on the ÖBB network at the start of February and should be concluded within a month.

Siemens will deliver a total of seven Railjets to CD by December, when they will be introduced on the new Prague – Vienna – Graz service. ÖBB will provide three of the Railjets required for the two-hourly service.

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