First four-car unit “Moravia” sets off with passengers in South Moravian Region

"Moravia" four-car unit for South Moravian Region. Credit: Škoda Group"Moravia" four-car unit for South Moravian Region. Credit: Škoda Group

Passengers can watch footage from the train's front camera.

The first of 31 Moravia four-car units ordered by Škoda Group has appeared on the tracks of the South Moravian Region in test operation with passengers. They will complement the fleet of six two-car units that were put into service last year. The units were ordered by the South Moravian Region.

The train made its first run on the regular S2 line from Brno to Letovice at 11:00 a.m. today. The modern low-floor units will completely transform suburban transport in the region, especially in terms of comfort and convenience.

Named after wine varieties

The trains are built on the class 440 RegioPanter platform and are designed to operate on suburban and regional lines. The name Moravia refers to the first locomotive that brought a train to Brno. The trains in red and white livery are named after a wine variety grown in southern Moravia. Operated by České dráhy for now, they will be run by an operator selected in a public tender starting in December 2024.

The region will pay CZK 6.6 billion for 37 new trains. It will purchase six two-car units (class 550) and 31 four-car units (class 530). Up to 85% of this amount will be covered by subsidies. The South Moravian Region is the first in the country to purchase its own rolling stock. In addition to the delivery of the trains, the public contract includes full service of these units for 30 years.

 

Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková

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