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First Skoda passenger train for Estonia arrives in Pilsen for testing

The assembly of the first of the new Skoda passenger trains being built for Estonia has been completed and the train has been dispatched from the Skoda Group factory in Ostrava to a unit in Pilsen for testing.

“After successfully completing the test program on the test section, the train will be delivered by road to Riga, where it will be reassembled. According to plans, the first two trains will arrive on Estonian railways for testing in late spring,” Lauri Betlem, CEO of Estonia’s state-owned passenger train operator Elron, said in a press release. Between 2024 and 2026, 16 new passenger trains will arrive in Estonia to help meet the growing demand for rail passenger services.

Tomas Ignacak, president of Skoda Group CZ&SK and Central and Eastern Region, said the manufacture of trains for Estonia is on schedule.

“We have started testing the first of the trains built for Estonia in Pilsen, where we have a test track of about one kilometer for that. The track is special because of its multiple gauges and we test all our output here. The manufacture of trains for Estonia is on schedule and we are looking forward to the next phases of the project,” he added.

Source: BNS

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