The Ukrainian Railways joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) has launched a second Kyiv-Mariupol express night train made up of overhauled and modernized railcars and decided to operate the trains daily.
Ukrzaliznytsia announced this in a statement, the CFTS portal reports.
"This train is made up of cars that were modernized at six Ukrzaliznytsia plants located in different parts of Ukraine this year," Ukrzaliznytsia’s head Yevhen Kravtsov said.
The train is made up of three couchette cars, six compartment cars, and one sleeping car that have been overhauled.
According to Kravtsov, Ukrzaliznytsia spent over UAH 140 million, including VAT, on the overhaul of these railcars.
"An overhaul can extend the life of a car by half its service life. Such a car with a standard service life of 28 years can be used for 14 additional years," he said.
The modernized railcars are equipped with air conditioning, Ukrainian-made vacuum toilets, and additional power outlets.
Ukrzaliznytsia is modernizing wagons at the Kakhovka, Bakhmach, Kovel, Synelnykove, Kharkiv, and Hrebinka depots, as well as at the Kharkiv railcar plant. Ukrzaliznytsia has completed the overhaul of 26 railcars since the beginning of this year, and it plans to repair about 40 more railcars by the end of the year.
As the CFTS ported, Ukrzaliznytsia introduced a night train on the Kyiv Boryspil Express line on October 27. The train will depart from the Boryspil airport at about 03:00.