rzd-double-decks.jpgEach set will be formed of six or 12 coaches with a 4MW single-cab dc
electric locomotive at either end. The trains will have business,
standard and economy class accommodation and will be used on services
of up to 700km. RZD plans to deploy the initial batch on services from
Moscow to Tver, Yaroslavl, Vladimir, Ryazan, Tula, and Kaluga.

The locomotives will be built at Novocherkassk Electric Locomotive
Plant (NEVZ), while Tver Carriage Works (TVZ) will assemble the
coaches. The number of trains in the initial order is still to be
decided, although Transmashholding says production will begin in 2014.

Transmashholding's strategic partner Alstom as well as other Russian
and international suppliers are expected to participate in the project.