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Hungarian Railway To Purchase New EMU Trains

Tamás Székely 2014.11.11.

The International Railway Journal reported that the Hungarian government had approved the purchase by MÁV-Start, Hungary’s national railway company, of six EMU trains with an option for 15 more units. The new EMUs will replace locomotive-hauled trains and strengthen the fleet in line with electrification of the last remaining diesel routes serving Budapest.The tender for the vehicles is expected to be called in Q1 2015, and the vehicles could start running between the end of next year and the beginning of 2017 on suburban lines around the capital.

MÁV-Start called a tender for 42+6 multiple units together with regional railway GYSEV two years ago. Switzerland’s Stadler won the tender and recently delivered the first vehicles. During the last decade, MÁV-Start has also purchased 10 Bombardier Talent EMUs and 102 Stadler Flirt EMUs, the last 30 of which are still being delivered, and is increasingly using its multiple unit fleet on suburban services. Exercising the option for the additional 15 EMUs would expand the modern suburban EMU fleet by around 20%.

Meanwhile, in a separate project, 21 older EMUs which have only one powered car are to be refurbished and transferred to rural depots to replace short locomotive-hauled trains on stopping services between major towns.

via railjournal.com and hungarymatters.hu photo: train-photos.com


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