On Monday, the modern low-floor diesel-driven trains for regional transport was introduced for the first time, on the route Zagreb - Zabok – Varazdin. It was constructed by the company Koncar - Electric vehicles for HŽ Putnički prijevoz.
The first ride of a modern train for non-electrified railway line was attended by the new Minister of, Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure - Oleg Butković, Drazen Ratkovic - CEO of HŽ Putnički prijevoz as a representative of the client, Darinko Bago - CEO of the Koncar group, as well as representatives of contractors, CEO Koncar - Electric vehicles - Ivan Bahun with his associates.
"The new train is a great thing for HŽ Putnički prijevoz and people who will travel by it. The ride was comfortable and I congratulate to all those who participated in the construction of new trains. It is necessary to improve the railways. All major infrastructure projects will be mostly in the railways, we must take advantage that occasion and we will give it a lot of attention. We will support all development projects, this is our future, and there is no stopping. " - Said Minister Butković after arrival in Varazdin.
CEO of Koncar – Electrical Industry was also pleased with the first ride: "I am specially pleased that we have launched the first diesel-electric train on the route between Zagreb - Varazdin. It is a modern train that will increase the level of quality service to our passengers. The train is comfortable, has two ramps for people using wheelchair, free Wi-Fi and a space for bicycles, and the total capacity is about 340 passengers. This is the first of 11 diesel-electric trains for which funding will be arranged "
"This first diesel-electric train is based on the same technological basis as well as commuter trains. We hope that the funding for continuing the production will soon be provded because it is very important for Koncar and all of our suppliers," - added Darinko Bago, the CEO of KEV's.
The low-floor diesel electric train for regional transport has been produced as a set of three parts; two end motor wagon with the control unit, and the middle wagon, which is used only for passenger transport. The train has space for 342 people, of which 167 have seats. The maximum train speed is 120 km / h, however, due to outdated railway line, the maximum permitted speed at which the train will move on this route will be 80 km / h and the slowest parts of it will fall below 20 km / h. The train is equipped with two ramps for entry and exit of people in wheelchairs, and has a space for bicycles.
The seats are designed as two-seaters, except in the space reserved for people with reduced mobility, which incorporates the folding seats. Thanks to the double wide doors, quick exit and entry of a large number of passengers is enabled, and windows are 60% tinted for protection from the sun. The train is equipped with modern heating and cooling system and video surveillance, and the passengers on the train have access to free Internet (WiFi). Stoppages in official posts are announced via the passenger information system, which transmits messages on displays and on the PA system, based on the position information from the GPS device.
The new diesel-electric railcar is manufactured on a platform of electromotor train Series 6112 for regional transportation. The changes are implemented only on the power supply system, and the unification of diesel-electric and electric trains is achieved at the maximum possible extent,, which can result in significant savings in the cost of operation and maintenance of the entire fleet of low-floor trains. The construction, design and driving characteristics of the train provide superior ride comfort.
The first of twelve trains planned for Croatian Railways will operate daily on the route Zagreb - Zabok -Varaždin. On this route ther is about 2 million passengers annually, and a new train could increase that number.