The tests will take place for a month on various lines.
Passengers in the Usti nad Labem region will likely get to ride the new Pesa Elf.Eu electric unit intended for RegioJet before the end of the year. The train has advanced to the final testing phase and has run on open infrastructure for the first time, specifically on the Benešov – Olbramovice section of Corridor 4, confirmed Railway Research Institute (VUZ) General Director Martin Belcik.
Following successful completion of a basic set of tests on the VUZ test track, VUZ technicians are conducting tests of running characterictics as part of the train’s approval process. The tests will take place over a period of approximately one month on various tracks.
These are usually followed by a test run without and with passengers. If the testing goes smoothly, this could likely be done in time for the start of the new timetable in December.
RegioJet has ordered a total of seven electric multiple units (EMU) from the Polish company Pesa Bydgoszcz to be deployed on the U5, U7 and U13 lines and on supplemental services within the Usti nad Labem agglomeration. The ETCS-equipped unit, designated as class 654, offers second-class seats only, can accommodate a total of 154 seated passengers and has a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
Production has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Usti nad Labem region has therefore given the carrier a year longer to deploy these trains. RegioJet is investing more than EUR 20.5 million in the purchase of the units.
Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.