Ural-Built Lastochka EMU Enters Regular Passenger Service
On October 1, 2015, Type ES2G Lastochka electric multiple-unit train manufactured by the Ural Locomotives Plant (located in Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Sverdlovsk Oblast) has entered regular passenger service on the Moscow – Kryukovo – Tver route of Oktyabrskaya Railway.
Taking a ride on the train were Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Governor of the Moscow Region Andrey Vorobiev, President of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov, Director General of Ural Locomotives Alexander Saltaev and other public officials.
Before the train departed from Moscow’s Leningradsky railway station, Gennady Verkhovikh, Head of the Passenger Traffic Department at the Russian Railways, described the special features of the Russian-built train and emphasized that the Moscow – Tver route will be the first railway line to use the all-new Ural-built trains. “The new EMU is different from those we`ve used at the Sochi Olympics, it is cheaper and more comfortable,” Mr Verkhovikh noted.
The Ural-built Lastochka electric multiple-unit train is the new generation lightweight modular design rolling stock, capable of operating at 160 km/h.and designed to withstand Russia’s harsh weather conditions with temperatures ranging from -40°C to +40°C. The doorways layout is ideal for boarding and alighting on various station platforms heights in Russia (200, 1,100, and 1,300 mm). The new EMU consumes 30 percent less energy than models currently in use in Russia and offers twice the annual mileage of a regular EMU.
Both five-car and ten-car trains (consisting of two 5-car units) will be operated along the Moscow – Kryukovo – Tver route. Each train has 386 seats. A five-car EMU may carry as many as 1,300 passengers, while a ten-car train may carry 2,700. Lastochka trains are equipped with special areas for people with physical disabilities. The EMU also features air conditioning, comfortable seats, two environment-friendly toilets, spacious passenger areas with luggage racks and dedicated areas for baby strollers and sports gear.
The ride to Oktyabrskaya Railway’s Kryukovo station allowed the representatives of Russian Railways and the Moscow authorities to appreciate the train’s capabilities and its contemporary interior design. Thanks to its speed, it would only take the train 90 minutes to make it from Moscow to Tver. As Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin put it, the travel time on this route will be halved. He also expressed his appreciation to all those machine builders who helped build the Russian trains.
As of today, a total of 17 Ural-built Lastochka EMUs have been delivered to Oktyabrskaya Railway, with 6 more to be manufactured for Russian Railways by Ural Locomotives by the end of the year. Podmoskovnoye Depot will serve as maintenance facility for the trains. Eventually, the Lastochka EMUs will operate along all lines of the Moscow Railway including service on the Moscow Little Ring Railway which will launch in 2016.