Siemens and Russian partner to supply new sleeping cars to Russian Railways – contract value 320 million euros
Erlangen, Germany, The Russian Railways AG (RZD) has ordered 200 modern sleeping cars from Siemens and the local coach builder Tverskoy Vagonostroitelny Zavod AG (TVZ). The Siemens scope of supply has an order value of about 320 million euros. The new coaches can be operated in the Russian and standard-gauge European railway networks. They are thus suitable for cross-border service as operated by RZD as well as for operation across Central and Western Europe.
Corresponding agreements were signed today between the president of RZD, Vladimir Yakunin, the president of TVZ, Alexandr Vasilenko, as well as Hans-Jörg Grundmann, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division. “We are definitely committed to becoming the main foreign partner of RZD. With the order won today, we have taken another step toward that goal,” said Grundmann upon signing the contract. The contract was signed during a VIP trip on the Siemens-supplied high speed train Velaro RUS, which will be in regular passenger service very soon.
Starting in 2010, the coaches will be built in the Siemens plant in Vienna, Austria, and in the wagon factory of TVZ in Tver, northwest of Moscow. Siemens will supply TVZ with the standard-gauge bogies that are required for the European railway network, as well as major parts of the carbody and components for the interior furnishings. TVZ will handle the manufacturing of the bogies for service on the Russian broad gauge and will build the bodyshells for series operation. The new sleeping cars are part of the range of passenger coaches of the RIC (Regolamento Internazionale delle Carrozze) type that are designed for international service. As such, they are allowed to travel in the networks of all operators that are covered by this agreement without requiring special approval.
TVZ with headquarters in Tver is a leading Russian vehicle builder that has specialized in the mass manufacturing of different types of coaches – compartment coaches, sleeping cars, open-saloon coaches – as well as the supply of components. The company belongs to the Russian ZAO Tansmashholding, the country’s largest railway technology group with more than 60,000 employees.
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