The 150m-long eight-car train will now undergo a series of static and dynamic tests at the site, and the first two trains will be delivered to PKP Intercity in the second half of 2021. The two trains will then enter supervised passenger operation to clock up 150,000km, before the remaining 10 sets are delivered.

The 12 trains were ordered by PKP Intercity under a Zlotys 1bn ($US 271.2m) contract signed in August 2019.

The 160km/h trains will be used on 3kV dc routes from Radom to Lublin, Kraków, and Szczecin, and will expand PKP’s existing fleet of Flirt EMUs to 32 when delivered.

The trains, which have 294 second-class and 60 first-class seats, have aluminium body shells from recyclable materials and are equipped with ETCS and regenerative braking.

The trains feature air-conditioning, power sockets, GSM/LTE phone signal amplifiers and Wi-Fi, onboard catering, extendable ramps at exterior doors, and toilets with baby changing facilities.

Under the contract, Stadler will also be responsible for the maintenance of the new fleet for 15 years.

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