Brief overview of key events and news in the rail rolling stock markets.
The national operator Israel Railways has placed orders with Alstom and Siemens Mobility for rolling stock worth €1.7 bln. This purchase is a part of its previously approved investment programme. Alstom is expected to deliver 96 double-deck coaches in 2025, while Siemens Mobility will deliver 81 Desiro HC six-car partly double-deck EMUs by 2027. The operator’s fleet of vehicles from the German manufacturer already amounts to 60 trains ordered in 2018.
The country’s railway reform authority, ARF, has announced Alstom as a winning bidder for a contract to supply 16 four-axle electric locomotives. The project, worth $168 mln, will be financed from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. The locomotives will be used to haul 16-coach passenger trains on the country’s internal routes.
The Alstom Traxx for Romania. Source: Bombardier
The national transport authority Trafikverket plans to purchase ten locomotives and 91 passenger coaches. The approximate value of the contract, to be concluded in February 2025, is about €488 mln. The new rolling stock will be put into service on the Stockholm–Narvik line between 2028 and 2030.
The national operator OBB has announced a €249.5 mln tender for the supply of up to 70 double-deck passenger coaches under a framework contract. The operator has an existing contract with Siemens Mobility for the delivery of coaches for the NightJet night train.
Rendering of the 71-411 single-car low-floor tram for Pyatigorsk. Source: Uraltransmash
Uraltransmash has signed a contract for the delivery of one single-car 71-411 low-floor tram to the city of Pyatigorsk. The tram, with a passenger capacity of 179, will operate on 1,000 m gauge lines. The manufacturer already supplied these vehicles to Evpatoria in 2021. Also, under the contract signed last year, the Russian manufacturer PC Transport Systems (PC TS) will deliver five Bogatyr two-car trams and one Lvyonok single-car tram to Saratov by 1 May. On 6 October 2023, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin ordered that RUB 700 mln (USD 7.9 mln) be allocated from the Russian government’s reserve fund for this purchase.