SKODA Transportation has awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to supply braking systems for LRVs and commuter trains to be used mainly in the Czech Republic.

Knorr-Bremse says the value of the orders is in the high single-digit million-euro range.

Five new LRVs for Brno will be fitted with hydraulic braking with the contract including an option for a further 35 LRVs to be equipped.

19 two-car and 29 three-car EMUs will also be fitted with braking systems from Knorr-Bremse, and again there is an option for a further 31 EMUs to be fitted. Air supply units, pneumatic braking systems including the magnetic track brakes developed and manufactured in Modling, and sanding systems will all be fitted to the EMUs.

The projects are managed on the basis of highly-standardised platform agreements. Knorr-Bremse managing director, Mr Manfred Reisner, says the advantage of this for both the customer and his company is that it reduces the engineering required and shortens delivery times.

Reisner says that Knorr-Bremse is aiming to win new orders for what he calls a growing market in central and eastern Europe.