Each train will comprise a second-class driving trailer, with a conductor’s compartment, a vending machine, facilities for disabled passengers, an area for guardians with children and bicycle storage, five second-class coaches and one first-class, and a 3kV dc/25kV 50Hz multi-system locomotive.

The trains must comply with the relevant Technical Standards for Interoperability (TSI), be fitted with ETCS Level 2 plus the conventional signalling systems used in Poland and the Czech Republic and be approved for operation in both countries.

“We will want to use the trains on the routes Krakow - Katowice or Warsaw - Lódz,” says Mr Marek Chraniek, president of PKP Intercity. “The purpose of the technical dialogue is to obtain information necessary to initiate the contract award procedure.”

The technical dialogue will help to determine such things as the inter-coach gangways and doors, the internal layout of the coaches, materials, the communication system between the locomotive and driving trailer, energy consumption, the output and tractive effort of the locomotives, maintenance, contract terms and cost.

The deadline to complete the technical dialogue is August 31.

  • Pesa completed a Zlotys 312m ($US 83.8m) contract to modernise 83 coaches for PKP Intercity on July 28. PKP Intercity signed an option with Pesa in November 2018 to modernise another 42 coaches at a cost of Zlotys 158m.

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