Russia: New EMU manufactured at Tver Carriage Works (a part of TMH) became one of the highlights of the PRO//Motion.Expo Railway Fair.
The main difference of the fourth generation of the Ivolga platform is its intermediate cars equipped with three doors on each side. That should increase the speed and convenience of boarding and de-boarding for passengers. Another thing distinguishing the new 11-car train from “two-door” Ivolga 3.0 version launched in operation in April this year is the seating capacity reduced from 716 to 646.
Three-door design of the Ivolga 4.0 EMU intermediate cars. Source: 1520.Today
The door width, as in Ivolga 3.0, is 1400 mm, the width of the inter-car gangways is 1000 mm. TMH notes that 98% of the components for the new electric train are produced in Russia at more than 600 enterprises and driver’s cab has a local control system and software. Design speed is 160 km/h and acceleration rate is 1 m/s2. The train is also reported to allow changing the direction in one minute. There are two large displays in driver’s cab now. One of them gives current information about train operation, and the second shows diagnostic data. In the head cars there are places for passengers with limited mobility, bicycles, scooters and prams. lighting in the cars is changed depending on the time of day.
Inside Ivolga 4.0 electric train. Source: Sergey Vershinin/Fontanka.ru
According to Deputy Mayor of Moscow Maksim Liksutov, trains with “three-door” cars will enter the 4th line of the Moscow urban railway system – Moscow Central Diameters (MCD) – in late 2023 – early 2024. During the PRO//Motion.Expo, the CEO of TMH Kirll Lipa announced that the Ivolga 4.0 EMU had already been put into serial production.
Moscow’s Department of Transportation also reports that by 2025 it is planned to purchase 95 Ivolga EMUs for operation on the MCD lines. At the moment, a firm contract for 35 eleven-car trains has been concluded with the Moscow Metro in 2022. It includes the supply of 18 “three-door” Ivolga 4.0 trains.