On 30 July 2015 a Maintenance and Repair Depot was inaugurated for Lastochka ES2G EMUs manufactured by the Ural Locomotives factory (located in Verkhnyaya Pyshma near Yekaterinburg). The all-new maintenance and repair facility was established at the site of ‘Podmoskovnoye’ – Moscow’s oldest but recently fully refurbished depot.

The grand opening ceremony was attended by Mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin, Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Sinara Group Board of Directors Dmitry Pumpyansky, and CEO of Siemens Russia/Central Asia Dietrich Möller.

As part of the ceremony the delegation toured Lastochka ES2G EMU. When giving the tour of the Russian-built train, Ural Locomotives Director General Alexander Saltaev described the train production localization level under contractual obligation to Russian Railways.

“This year, production localization level for Class ES2G Lastochka Urban Express EMU – in production at Ural Locomotives since May 2014 – was 62.5%. In 2017, after having produced the new Lastochka Premium version of the train, we will have reached localization level of 80.2%. Providing technical and engineering support for all these trains here at the Regional Maintenance Center shall be our own factory specialists,” said Alexander Saltaev.

There are currently 11 Russian-built EMUs at Podmoskovnoye Depot. The factory will manufacture a total of 23 five-car Lastochka trains in 2015.