In mid-September, specialists from Alstom inspected the unit that crashed in Bohumín.
One of the ČD pendolino units (680.001) had a mechanical malfunction, leaving the carrier with only five of seven available. Earlier this year, another pendolino was damaged in an accident in Bohumín. Following the accident, České dráhy made permanent changes to the timetable. With yet another unit now out of order, the carrier has to deploy substitute conventional trains mostly on connections to the west of the country.
The unit’s drive shaft, which is a component that transmits rotation from the motor to the axle in the chassis, has been damaged. There has never been a malfunction of this kind on a pendolino unit before, and ČD is now analyzing possible causes. Repairs are estimated to take a month’s time. The carrier will announce all related timetable and operational changes on its website and in the app.
The Bohumín collision
There has been a major development concerning the Bohumín accident. Alstom technicians inspected the damaged unit. Now they will draft a repair proposal including pricing. The offer should be ready within a few weeks.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková