The Ukrainian Railways public joint-stock company (Ukrzaliznytsia) was able to replenish its fleet with only nine new passenger cars in 2016, but these were the first trains to be delivered to Ukrzaliznytsia in the past few years.
Ukrzaliznytsia’s Board Chairman Wojciech Balczun announced this at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 25 January, the CFTS portal reports.
"We ordered 21 passenger cars, and the first nine were delivered before the end of 2016. We did not order such railcars in 2015. The last time passenger cars were ordered was in 2006. I am not talking about Hyundai or Tarpan trains here...," said Balczun.
As the CFTS reported earlier, Ukrzaliznytsia signed contracts with the Kryukov Railcar Building Works for supply of 21 passenger cars. Ukrzaliznytsia also ordered 13 transformer cars, 7 compartment cars, and 1 sleeping car from the Kryukov Railcar Building Works. However, the Kryukov Railcar Building Works was unable to manufacture all the railcars before the end of last year.
The Night Express train that operates on the Kyiv–Ivano-Frankivsk route was assembled from the delivered transformer railcars.
Ukrzaliznytsia said in December 2016 that the last time it purchased passenger cars before that was in 2010. Ukrzaliznytsia’s financial plan for 2017 provides for purchase of 50 passenger cars, as well as inter-regional and diesel trains.