RUSSIA: TMH delivered the first of 950 Baltiets cars to the St Petersburg metro operator on September 13, just 19 days after Petersburg Metropoliten and TMH subsidary Transholdleasing signed a 242·6bn rouble, 25-year contract for new trainsets to replace almost half the fleet.
The eight-car trainset comprises 81-725.1/726.1/727.1 cars to a bespoke design for St Petersburg and manufactured at TMH’s Oktyabrsky Electric Car Repair Plant in the city.
TMH said more than 90% of the components are manufactured domestically, including the asynchronous traction drive.
Features include 1 400 mm wide doors, forced ventilation, air purification and disinfection systems, and batteries able to move the trains 200 m in depots or in the event of a power failure.
The first trainset is to be tested on the Kirovsko – Vyborgskaya Line 1 until the beginning of November, ahead of entry into passenger service.
Eight trainsets are scheduled to be delivered this year, with the remaining cars following by 2031.