TMH delivers a new batch of passenger cars to Egypt
Egypt has received the first batch of third class passenger cars manufactured by Transmashholding (TMH) under the contract with the Egyptian National Railways.
The ceremony was held in the presence of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, members of the country’s government and TMH CEO Kirill Lipa. This is the first batch of fourteen passenger cars of this model of the 500 cars provided by the contract.
The handover of this batch of cars marks the beginning of the second stage of deliveries, which includes 800 air-conditioned cars, including 500 third-class cars, 180 second-class cars and 90 first-class cars assembled at the Hungarian plant in Dunakeszi (Hungary), as well as 30 dining cars that will be manufactured by Tver Carriage Works (TVZ, part of TMH) in Russia.
This event marks the first stage of the contract under which 500 third-class cars with mechanical ventilation systems have been delivered. In total, Egypt has already received 38% of this order (1300 units).
Each car is equipped with display panels showing the date, time, indoor and outdoor air temperature, and humidity level. The information is displayed in Arabic and English.
“Timeliness and high quality of passenger cars for the Egyptian National Railways is a priority for TMH”, – said Kirill Lipa during the ceremony. “Despite the difficult epidemiological situation, we continue to deliver 35 cars per month, constantly maintain the level of operational readiness of the fleet at 97% and continue to work at the same pace. By replacing more than a third of the Egyptian Railways’ passenger car fleet, TMH hopes to contribute to improving the safety and comfort of the country’s rail transport.”
The contract for the delivery of 1,300 passenger cars with a total value of €1 billion was signed in September 2018 and became effective in May 2020.