HUNGARIAN operator Györ-Sopron-Ebenfurt Railway (GySEV) has launched a tender for nine dual-voltage inter-city (IC) EMUs, with an option for four more, to replace locomotive-hauled trains in Hungary and to potentially operate international services.

The 160km/h EMUs must be able to operate under both 25kV 50Hz and 15kV 16.7Hz ac electrification. The order is still conditional on GySEV securing funding for the fleet.

The low-floor, air-conditioned EMUs will be equipped with retention toilets, Wi-Fi, power sockets, USB plugs, passenger information screens, and a vending machine for snacks and drinks. Each train will have 32 first-class and 216 second-class seats, along with 18 spaces for bicycles, two spaces for wheelchairs and a toilet for passengers with reduced mobility.

The EMUs will be able to operate in both Hungary and Austria and will have more legroom than the coaches currently in operation, and will also reduce journey times and travel costs as they will remove the need for locomotives to run round at terminals.

The contract will include obtaining approvals, servicing, parts, and software training.

Bids must be submitted by November 21, with the contract to be valid for 46 months. The trains must be delivered in just over three years.

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