Brief overview of key events and news in the rail rolling stock markets.
Mitsubishi has ordered CAF to design and supply seven eight-car EMUs worth 9 bln PHP (€150 mln). The trains will be used on a future line between the Clark International Airport and the Laguna province.
Chennai metro operator CMRL has signed a $32.2 mln contract with Alstom for ten three-car unmanned trains. These will be assembled at a plant in Sri City, India. This purchase is part of the second phase of the city’s metro development project. Before, Alstom was awarded the contracts for the first phase in 2010 and for the delivery of 26 unmanned trains to Chennai in 2022.
Ukrainian Railway, UZ, has signed a contract with the Kryukiv Railway Car Building Works, KRCBW, for the supply of 22 passenger coaches, following the tender. At a cost of UAH 980.4 mln ($27 mln), 11 sleeper coaches, seven non-compartment coaches, three first-class coaches, and one coach for disabled persons will be delivered by the end of June 2026. Earlier it was reported about the UZ’s plans to purchase 144 passenger coaches using budget funds. KRCBW also won the tender for 44 compartment coaches in October.
Ust-Katav Car-building Plant, UKCP, has fulfilled the contract to supply trams to St. Petersburg ahead of schedule after winning the tender worth RUB 1.3 bln ($14 mln) in May. The deliveries will be completed by the end of 2024. The first of 14 71-628-02 single-car trams arrived in the city at the end of August.
The city of Olomouc has awarded a contract to Pragoimex for the supply of nine single-car low-floor EVO1 trams. The vehicles, worth CZK 35 mln (€1.4 mln) each, will be supplied within two years.
The MPT-6 motor locomotive for Kazakhstan Temir Zholy. Source: KTZ
Tikhoretsk Machine Construction Plant, TMCP, has already delivered two MPT-6 motor locomotives to the national operator Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, KTZ, and will deliver two more in the near future. According to KTZ, the new locomotives have a diesel-electric drive instead of the hydraulic drive used in the existing motor locomotives. The operator plans to purchase four locomotives a year until 2027.
The mayor’s office of Ulyanovsk is considering the purchase of 100 trams. According to Kommersant, the proposed concessionaire, Project Office IPK BD, plans to invest RUB 40 bln ($432 mln) in the purchase of the rolling stock and modernisation of the public transport infrastructure. The mayor of another Russian city, Novokuznetsk, has also recently announced the need to buy 60 trams.
Kaztemirtrans, a subsidiary of the national operator KTZ, plans to purchase about 3,000 freight cars by 2025. Earlier, the company announced its plans to purchase 1,500 gondola cars and 601 container flatcars this year. The latest purchase consists of 70 Kazakhstan-made 70 t gondola cars with an axle load of 23.5 tf.