The VIII International Exhibition ‘Transport of Russia’, held as part of the Transport Week event, is intended to demonstrate the forefront of today’s traffic solutions — both within the country and worldwide. Traditionally, the exhibition involves all key market players, from vehicle manufacturers and transport operators through to repair and service companies and universities engaged with transit technologies. Aeroexpress presented the model of its brand-new double-deck trains, as well as a photo exhibition with exterior and interior pictures of this distinctive rolling stock.
“The trains manufactured for Aeroexpress, according to the contract with Swiss Stadler, are unique for Russian rail and they differ greatly in terms of their characteristics as compared to the company’s existing fleet,” told Alexey Sorokin, Chief Operating Officer at Aeroexpress. “They are more capacious and comfortable, not only because there are two floors, but also thanks to the well-thought layout of its space. I would like to emphasize that this is the first ever experience of implementing double-deck trains for rail transport within Russia, and we are very pleased to realize that our company is indeed a pioneer in this sphere.”
The new sizes have made it possible to expand room for luggage allowance so that it can be placed under the seats, on top shelves along the entire length of carriage, and on the racks at the entrances and in the middle of coach, while still leaving wide passages between the rows. The company has also paid special attention to the needs of those passengers travelling with babies and children: the washrooms are equipped with baby change tables and decontaminating lamps. Each carriage is fitted with a video system with several monitors, 220V sockets, and transformable seats. Plus, the new trains are able to achieve a maximum speed of 160 km/h, which will make it possible to shorten travel times.
By now, two of the double deckers produced by Stadler have already arrived in Moscow. The very first six-car double-deck train was officially delivered on 13 November, and the second — with four cars — followed a week later. The third one is expected in the second half of December.
The testing procedure for the first train has already commenced in Shcherbinka. The first train will be put into commercial operation in June 2015, and the last unit of the set — the 25th — is expected to start transporting passengers in June 2016.