COSTA RICA: National railway company Incofer has named CRRC Qingdao Sifang as the winner of a contract to supply eight two-car diesel multiple-units for use on commuter services in San José.

The contract is valued at US$32·7m, and the supplier will also maintain the trains for three years. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 16 months.

The 1 067 mm gauge stainless steel DMUs will have a maximum speed of 70 km/h and will comply with EU Stage IIIA emissions regulations. Each 38 m long unit will have a capacity of 371 passengers, with areas for passengers with reduced mobility, air-conditioning and a passenger information system.

The commuter services are currently operated using a fleet of Class 240 DMUs acquired second-hand from Spanish operator FEVE.