The government plans to purchase 20 additional diesel trains for the Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) in two years.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi announced this during discussions with the Kryukov Railcar Building Works’ head Volodymyr Prykhodko at the "Big Construction: New Railway" forum, the CFTS portal reports
"It is important for the work with our key railcar manufacturing enterprise – the Kryukov Railcar Building Works – to be resumed... Ukrzaliznytsia will receive three railcars (diesel trains) by the end of this year, and an additional 20 will be ordered for 2022-2023," Zelenskyi said.
Prykhodko said that the Kryukov Railcar Building Works would be able to produce 10 diesel trains per year if the government placed an order this year.
According to Ukrzaliznytsia, five diesel trains will be added to the company's fleet in the near future. "Three this year and two in the first quarter of 2022," the Ukrzaliznytsia Passenger Company’s head Oleksandr Pertsovskyi said.
As the CFTS portal reported, Ukrzaliznytsia took delivery of two diesel trains manufactured by the Kryukov Railcar Building Works (a DPKr-3-002 and a DPKr-3-003) in October.
As reported earlier, a contract that was signed in 2018 provided for the supply of six diesel trains manufactured by the Kryukov Railcar Building Works to Ukrzaliznytsia. Ukrzaliznytsia took delivery of the first DPKr-3 diesel train in 2019. Zelenskyi and Ukraine’s minister of infrastructure at that time Vladyslav Kryklyi promised in March 2020 that 2-3 diesel trains would be purchased in 2020.