Impression of Skoda Vagonka electric multiple-unit for Czech Railways regional services.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Skoda Vagonka has been awarded two contracts to supply Czech Railways with a new generation of single-deck electric multiple-units for regional services around Ústí nad Labem, Pardubice and Hradec Králové.

The contracts placed on February 16 cover 15 three-car EMUs costing a total of KC2·1bn and four two-car units costing KC448m. The orders are being co-funded by the EU, and are the last for regional vehicles under CD's 2010-14 rolling stock modernisation strategy.

To be designated Class 445, 644 and 645, the 3 kV DC and 3 kV/25 kV 50 Hz dual-voltage EMUs will be delivered from mid-2012 to replace locomotive-hauled coaches and Class 460 EMUs.

The low-floor 160 km/h air-conditioned vehicles will have a modern interior offering first and second class seats, vacuum toilets and a passenger information system, along with space for bulky luggage, prams and bicycles.