Siemens Mobility awarded Knorr-Bremse a contract to equip 15 high-speed Velaro Egypt EMUs from Q4 2023 and extending to Q1 2026 with an option for another 26 trainsets. Knorr-Bremse will equip the new trains with braking systems and entrance systems. The orders were placed with Knorr-Bremse in the first and second quarters of 2022.
In addition, Knorr-Bremse’s Evac brand will supply sanitary systems for 34 Desiro high capacity regional passenger trains built by Siemens Mobility for the Egyptian market, including an option for another 60 sanitary systems.
The braking systems will include all bogie equipment, axle-mounted and wheel brake calipers, steel discs and sintered pads, as well as brake control systems with integrated smart braking computers. Compressed air will be supplied by enclosed PistonSupply Eco compressors. The braking system as a whole will deliver safe, highly efficient braking performance in Egypt’s hot, dusty and consequently rather challenging desert climate.
In addition, Knorr-Bremse will supply service-proven, reliable and pressure-tight doors – including boarding aids – for the Velaro trains through the Group’s global IFE brand a supplier of rail vehicle entrance systems. The doors will help keep passengers safe as they enter and exit from railcars and contribute to reliable train connections. In addition, Knorr-Bremse will be fitting 34 of Desiro high capacity regional trains with a total of 136 ultra-reliable toilet systems, including a new type of bidet function. Supplied by the company’s Evac brand, the world’s leading supplier of sanitary systems for trains, the new systems will help enhance passenger comfort while simultaneously improving train availability.
The contract “will allow us to install our technologies in a whole series of new Velaro high-speed trains on behalf of our partner Siemens Mobility. As a systems specialist, this will mean we can contribute to the further development of safe, available, eco-friendly mobility for the people of Egypt,” said Jürgen Wilder, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division.
The Velaro Egypt EMUs will run between Alexandria and other major Egyptian cities, carrying millions of passengers each year at speeds of up to 230 km/h. In May 2022 Siemens Mobility in consortium with Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors signed with NAT a contract to build a 2,000 km high-speed rail network. The train component of the framework agreement includes the supply of 41 8-car Velaro trains, 94 4-car Desiro high-capacity trains and 41 Vectron locomotives for freight transport services.