Transmashholding (TMH) has handed over to the representatives South Caucasus Railway (SCR), the railway infrastructure manager in Armenia, two 2-car EP2D electric trains that will operate on the Yerevan – Gyumri – Yerevan rail route.
The event was attended by Director General of the South Caucasus Railways Alexei Melnikov and Chief Executive Officer of DMZ Andrey Stepnov. The representatives of the South Caucasus Railways inspected the rolling stock and signed an act of delivery and acceptance of the electric trains.
The EP2D electric trains are equipped with a passive safety system that protects passengers and the locomotive crew from injury in the event of a collision with an obstacle. The modern microclimate system maintains a comfortable air temperature in the cabin, which is especially important in countries with continental climates and hot summers. In addition, the air in the cars is cleaned of pathogens by exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
The new trains have comfortable seats for passengers, as well as special designed spaces for the passengers with disabilities.
The rolling stock complies with all the requirements for the comfort and safety of passenger transport, as defined by the Technical Regulations of the Customs Union, and thanks to this compatibility, the train can be operated on the territory of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.
The EP2D electric trains have been supplied to the South Caucasus Railway since 2018. Currently, there are two two-car trains of this model operating in the Republic of Armenia.
In March 2021, the two companies have signed the contract to deliver the trains which were manufactured at the Demikhovsky Machine-Building Plant (DMZ), part of Transmashholding. The contract covers the delivery of 27 passenger coaches and two electric multiple units. The rolling stock agreement is part of SCR renewal programme and its plans to provide passengers improved rail services.
The railcar order includes the delivery of six type 61-4516 saloon coaches and 21 type 61-4517 sleeping cars with toilets and showers and areas equipped with vending machines and coffee machines.