Stadler and Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) signed three long-term contracts for the supply of 537 sleeper and couchette coaches, including a 20-year full service contract.
The total contract covers the manufacturing and service of the sleeper and couchette coaches, totalling EUR 2.3 billion. The delivery of all coaches will take place by 2030 and there is an option of additional orders to continue the modernisation of the KTZ fleet.
The delivery contract includes modern sleeping and couchette coaches of four different types. Stadler will deliver:
- 234 sleeper passenger carriages with 40 seats each
- 233 couchette sleeper passenger carriages with 58 seats each
- 35 passenger carriages, each with 18 seats, for staff and for people with limited mobility
- 35 generator passenger carriages.
The new rolling stock is designed to operate day and night on electrified and non-electrified 1,520 mm sections of domestic and international passenger lines in Kazakhstan and CIS states. The trains can reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
The standard composition consists of at least fifteen carriages. Trains can operate in the temperature range of -50 to 45°C. The train itself, as well as the maintenance schedule, have been designed to keep environmental impact to a minimum throughout the lifespan of the fleet.
The contract also includes the transfer of technology from Switzerland to Kazakhstan and the acquisition of a production facility in Astana with around 100 employees.
The gradual transfer of technology, the training of local personnel at other Stadler plants, as well as the cooperation with local suppliers and technical universities provide the foundation of this international collaboration.
“We are looking forward to this long-term cooperation with KTZ and delivering our state-of-the-art technologies and competences to the Kazakhstan railway. This project will see Stadler enter a new market and expand our geographical presence in the CIS states. Thanks to our innovative products and expertise, we believe that we can help take public transport in Kazakhstan to the next level”, Peter Spuhler, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stadler said.