THE first class 654 160km/h EMU built by Pesa Bydgosczc for Czech private operator RegioJet was unveiled at the Trako trade fair in Gdansk on September 22.

Seven 53m-long two-car dual-voltage (3kV dc and 25kv AC) EMUs were ordered for Koruna 500m ($US 23.15m) in March 2019. These are the first of Pesa’s new Elf EU trains, which are the export variant of the Elf 2 EMU. The trains seat 154 passengers and propulsion is concentrated in one car, while the other car is a trailer. The trains are 4280mm high above the rail and 2820mm-wide.

Regiojet is set to operate the trains on six routes around Ústí nad Labem from the first half of 2022. It has used ex-German Rail (DB) class 628 two-car DMUs as a temporary solution on these services since commencing the contract in December 2018.

They are due to enter traffic from the first half of 2022.

Inside the class 654. Pesa.

The trains meet the latest accessibility requirements and offer space for prams, bicycles and wheel- chairs. They are equipped with Wi-Fi and passenger information systems.

Pesa says two EMUs are complete, with the rest to follow in the coming weeks. The first EMU is set to begin commissioning trials at the Velim test centre in the Czech Republic, which will include work to certify the fleet’s certification and secure approval to operate carrying passengers.

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