The Czech Railways (ČD) has announced a tender for the supply of 90 EMU 400 four-car trains for commuter service on five routes in Prague and Central Bohemia. The value of the framework contract is 42.2 billion crowns (1.8 billion US dollars). It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to IRJ.


The new trains are needed to increase capacity, complete the planned DC-to-AC transition, and replace CityElefant double-deck electric trains that are expiring in ten years.

Manufacturers may offer all-double-deck electric trains or trains with a mixture of double-deck and single-deck cars, provided that each train has at least 380 seats and space for two wheelchairs, six prams, and at least 30 bicycles. Trains must be fully accessible to passengers with reduced mobility, including Braille signs on board.

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Air-conditioned trains must be designed to operate on lines electrified at 3 kV DC and 25 kV 50 Hz AC and have a maximum speed of at least 160 km/h. Up to three trains should be able to work in multiple trains to create a 12-car train with up to 1,140 seats.

The trains will be equipped with GSM-R and ETCS, as well as a remote fault diagnosis system designed to relay fault information between the train and the maintenance centre.

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