March 15, 2012

Ukraine receives first two new Hyundai Rotem emus

Written by  Jerom Rosendaal, IRJ correspondent
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THE first two of 10 nine-car inter-city emus being built for Ukrainian Railways (UZ) by Hyundai-Rotem, Korea, arrived in the Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine this week.
The trains are currently undergoing customs checks before being prepared at UZ's Odessa yard for transport to Kharkov ahead of testing on the Kharkov - Kiev line over the next few weeks. UZ's Odessa division has laid new track to stable the new emus at its yard with the next four trains due to be delivered in May.
These first six trains will operate during the Euro 2012 soccer championships which Ukraine is jointly hosting with Poland this June and July. The emus have Euro 2012 branding for services connecting the four Ukrainian host cities during the tournament. The remaining four trains will be delivered following the conclusion of the tournament under the terms of the $US 261m contract signed in December 2010. Korea's Export-Import Bank provided a 10-year credit to Ukraine to meet 85% of this cost.
The 1520mm-gauge sets have a maximum operating speed of 160km/h which will reduce journey times from Kiev to Kharkov to 3h 30min, 4h 30min from Kiev to L'viv, and 5h 30min from Kiev to Donetsk. They are equipped to operate on 3kV dc and 25kV ac e lines and will be maintained at depots in Kharkov and Kiev. UZ staff are travelling to Korea for maintenance training for the vehicles which will offer a 2+2, and 2+3 seating arrangement for passengers. The trains are also equipped with buffet facilities, wheelchair-accessible toilets, onboard video screens and radio and Wi-Fi services.

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