Slovakia’s national rail passenger transport operator (Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko, ZSSK) ordered 25 electric units worth EUR 160 million and 21 diesel units worth EUR 71 million.
The first six diesel trains will be delivered this year, while the rest of the vehicles will be delivered in 2020. ZSSK announced that other deliveries of new or modernised rolling stock were also scheduled in the period 2020-2022. Almost the entire order will be manufactured locally.
The ZSSK 861 series diesel units will be manufactured by Slovak manufacturer ŽOS Vrútky. They will be put into operation on two routes of Banská Bystrica region, on Zvolen- Banská Bystrica and Zvolen- Fiľakovo railways. According to estimates, the vehicles will be delivered by the end of 2020.
The electric units will be manufactured by a consortium including the Czech rolling stock manufacturer Škoda Transportation and its Slovak partner, ŽOS Trnava. The 25 electric units will pertain to the RegioPanter class. They will be put into operation in Žilina region, on Žilina- Trenčín-Zwardoń railway (via Čadca)-Liptovský Mikuláš and on Horní Lideč- Púchov railway.
Slovak Railways also plans to upgrade its long-distance trains, as well as trains running on international routes. Thus, ŽOS Vrútky will manufacture 35 new trains, following a EUR 65.5 million contract, while ŽOS Trnava will upgrade 50 trains that are in operation, with a contract worth EUR 37.5 million.