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RZD Delivery DMU Train Sets to Serbia

Russian railway operator RZD International said on Tuesday it has delivered 27 diesel trains to Serbia one year before the agreed deadline.

14 December 2016 Wednesday, 10:48

The two-carriage diesel multiple units (DMUs) were delivered under a $100 million (94.3 million euro) contract for construction and rehabilitation of Serbian railways signed in October 2014, which also envisages the supply of spare parts worth $2.6 million, RZD International said in a statement.

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The first four trains, designed for the 1,435-mm gauge in Serbia and produced by Russian company Metrovagonmash, were delivered in January and were already in operation on Belgrade-Vrsac railway line in February, RZD International added.

In July, Serbian railway authorities reported nearly 50% increase of passenger flow in the regions, where the new Russian trains were operating.
Serbia paid for the trains through a $800 million loan extended by Russia for state-run railway operator Zeleznice Srbije in January 2013.
Last week, Serbian government signed a protocol to extend until 2021 the deadline for the use of the credit, earmarked for the upgrade of railway sections of pan-European transport Corridor X in Serbia, as well as for the modernisation of the Belgrade-Bar track, the Belgrade-Pancevo track and the construction of the Valjevo-Loznica section.

In 2010 and 2011, RZD International delivered to Serbia 12 diesel trains of the same model, named DP-S, an acronym standing for Diesel train for Serbia in Russian. DP-S is the only diesel train designed for European-gauge tracks under flow production in Russia.

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