THIS MONTH, the Warszawa Suburban Railway (WKD) expects to put a PESA Bydgoszcz electric multiple-unit into revenue service on its line linking Warszawa with Grodzisk Mazowiecki.

Delivered to the capital in June, the Class EN95 was custom-designed for the 35 km route, which is electrified at 600V DC. To keep the weight down, a combination of steel and aluminium components has been used, producing a four-car EMU 60m long and weighing 100 tonnes. The train is fully articulated, and the end bogies are fitted with two 250 kW asynchronous motors fed by Medcom inverters; top speed is 90 km/h.

The modular interior with wide gangways is designed to be easily modified if required. There are vandal-resistant 'semi-soft' seats for 150 passengers, with space for a further 350 standing passengers. The train is accessible by wheelchair users, and has a floor height of 600mm above rail level between the bogies. Bicycles can be carried in vertical racks.

Automatic audio and visual passenger information is provided, with location data from an on-board GPS unit. Video cameras on the interior and exterior of the train are linked to a screen in the cab, and digital data recorders are fitted. The heating and ventilation is adjustable, and the cabs are air-conditioned.

PESA Bydgoszcz will be displaying the EMU at InnoTrans in Berlin (p596).

  • Long-distance bus operator Polski Express and a consortium of local authorities served by the railway have been shortlisted by PKP SA for the planned privatisation of WKD, and final offers are expected this autumn. PKP also expects to receive the final bids for the privatisation of SKM's Gdansk - Sopot - Gdynia commuter railway later this year.

    CAPTION: The PESAmultiple-unit is designed for high capacity services on WKD's suburban line between central Warszawa and Grodzisk Mazowiecki