SACRAMENTO: Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) has selected Siemens Mobility to supply an additional eight S700 low-floor LRVs for its 69km, 53-station network. SacRT now has 36 of the vehicles on order following the initial order for 20 LRVs in 2020 from a framework contract, which includes options for an extra 76. Siemens has already delivered 17 of the LRVs, which are undergoing testing ahead of entry into service on the Gold Line next summer.

Darmstadt, Germany: Trials have commenced with a new fleet of 25 Tina LRVs supplied by Stadler. The tests are taking place with and without passengers and Stadler plans to hand the vehicles over to operator, HEAG Mobilo, for entry into service later this autumn. Stadler will complete delivery of the full fleet in summer 2024.

Chelyabinsk, Russia: Ust-Katav Carriage Works (UKVZ) has won a contract to supply 11 low-floor single vehicle LRVs to Chelyabinsk. The trams will be equipped with intelligent driver monitoring system as well as passenger Wi-Fi. Delivery is expected to take place in 2023-24. UKVZ completed delivery of 41 series 76-628-01 single-vehicle LRVs to Chelyabinsk earlier this year and is continuing to deliver 33 vehicles of the same model under a second contract.

Germany: Leasing company Regionalbahnfahrzeug Großraum Braunschweig (RGB) has exercised an option with Alstom Transport Germany for the supply of five additional Coradia Continental EMUs for use on the Lower Saxony Ost-2 (Enno2) electric network. Delivery is due by April 2026. Alstom will also maintain the vehicles under a contract that runs until December 2035.

Hungary: MÅV-Start has agreed to lease 15 second-hand ES63U2 V7 locomotives from Akiem. The locomotives are equipped with ETCS and MÅV-Start plans to deploy them on domestic InterCity and cross-border EuroCity services to Vienna. The locomotives will mostly replace the ageing fleet of V43 locomotives.

CD is set to boost its DMU fleet.

Czech Republic: Czech Railways (CD) and Heros Helvetic Rolling Stock have reached an agreement for the supply of 16 RegioShuttle RS1 DMUs. Heros will collaborate with OWS, Germany, to refurbish the vehicles, which will include extensive rebuilding of the traction units. The DMUs will also be equipped with a wheelchair-accessible toilet, and a space for wheelchairs. CD will similarly make necessary adaptations to the trains so they are compliant with the Czech train protection system, LS90.  

Grenoble: SMMAG has issued a tender for 47 LRVs, including a firm order for 38 vehicles. The contract is expected to be worth €197.2m and includes 15-years maintenance. The deadline for bids is November 7, and SMMAG expects to enter a negotiated procedure with up to four bidders.

Estonia: VR FleetCare has won a tender to continue to maintain bogies and traction wheels on Elron’s fleet of Flirt multiple units following the conclusion of its existing five-year contract. The new three-year contract has an option for two further years. Work will take place at VR FleetCare’s workshop in Pieksämäki, Finland.

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