The new passenger diesel trains that the Kryukov Railcar Building Works will build for the Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) will have two engines instead of three. The Lviv Railway, which is a division of Ukrzaliznytsia, announced this in a statement.
"Unlike its predecessor, the DPKr-3 train will have two traction engines, which will be located in the first and third cars. However, their combined capacity will not be lower than the combined capacity of the three engines installed in each of the DPKr-2-001 train’s three cars," the Lviv Railway said.
The new rolling stock will be equipped with a backup heating system and sockets for connection to autonomous electrical heating systems.
In addition, the Kryukov Railcar Building Works is working to improve the air conditioning system in the trains and modernize their bathroom facilities. It also plans to increase the area for baggage transportation. The new trains will be equipped with facilities for passengers with disabilities.
A delegation from Ukrzaliznytsia recently traveled to the Kryukov Railcar Building Works to discuss preparations for manufacture of the diesel trains to Ukrzaliznytsia’s requirements.
As reported earlier, Ukrzaliznytsia and the Kryukov Railcar Building Works have signed a contract for supply of six diesel trains by the end of 2019 in August. The contract is worth UAH 1.062 billion, with a single diesel train valued at UAH 177 million. According to Ukrzaliznytsia, this is the largest such deal in the past five years.
Ukrzaliznytsia currently has one modern passenger diesel train manufactured by the Kryukov Railcar Building Works. This three-car diesel train began operation in October 2015. It is capable of accommodating 637 passengers, including standing passengers. It operates on the route between Lviv and Chernivtsi.
The management of Ukrzaliznytsia recently abandoned the idea of buying used diesel trains from Germany.