The first prototype passenger coach for Egypt has left the TVZ factory in Tver, Russia, for Hungary, where it will perform certification tests.
The prototype has completed factory static tests performed by the Tver Manufacturing Institute in collaboration with the KTI Research Institute experts from Hungary. These include strengths tests for bogie frames and car body, tests of the electrical equipment, ventilation systems, toilets and water supply.
The tests to be performed on standard gauge by KTI experts in Hungary include wheel load and carbody weight, carbody and bogie rotation, inside and outside noise level, braking system and dynamic running behaviour tests on the national network of MAV Railways.
After the trials in Hungary, the coach will set off for Egypt for the final endurance test run.
The delivery of the first batch of 30 serial coaches to ENR is expected by end of the first quarter of 2020.
Coaches feature stainless steel alloy body frames, moisture-resistant thermal insulation in weather-exposed nodes, and thermal sensors in axle-bearings. Their cradle-less bogies with 2-stage spring suspension ensure a smoother ride, and disc brakes with antiskid system contribute to safety.
These coaches feature 88 seats, 2 toilets, and LED lighting. The design lifecycle in the extreme climates of Egypt is 40 years.
In September 2018, Transmashholding-Hungary Kft consortium and Egyptian National Railways signed a EUR 1 billion contract for the supply of 1,300 passenger cars.
Manufactured at the TVZ plant, the coach was presented to the Minister of Transport of Egypt and approved by the inspectors of Egypt National Railways (ENR) earlier in October.
Under the contract, the consortium will deliver 500 three-class car with forced ventilation, 500 three-car class with air conditioning, 180 two-class car with air conditioning, 90 first-class car with air conditioning and 30 two-class air conditioning and cafeteria cars.