10:29 18.07.2013

Siemens completes delivery of Desiro trains for Sochi Olympics

Germany's Siemens has completed the delivery of Lastochka (Desiro Rus) electric trains to Russia, Russian Railways (RZD) said in a press release.

The last of 38 Lastochka trains ordered by RZD in 2009 arrived at the Ust-Luga port on Wednesday. The first train was delivered on March 5, 2012.

Siemens began building the Lastochka trains in April 2011 at its plant in Krefeld.

The trains are currently being used on the routes Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg - Chudovo - Novgorod-na-Volkhove, St. Petersburg - Chudovo - Bologoye, Sochi - Sochi Airport and Kazan - Kazan Airport.

In 2014, all 38 of the trains will be used to carry passengers during the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Following the Games, some of the trains will remain on the North Caucasus Railway and the rest will be moved to busier rail hubs - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk.

It was reported earlier that RZD ordered another 16 Desiro trains in September 2010. In May 2011, RZD, the Sinara Group and Siemens agreed to localize production of the Desiro in Russia at a joint venture formed by Siemens and Sinara, and in September 2011 RZD signed a contract with this venture, LLC Siemens Train Technologies, for the delivery of 1,200 passenger cars for Desiro trains. Production of these trains began in May 2013 at LLC Ural Locomotives in Sverdlovsk Region.

Localization of production is to be brought up to 80% by 2017. The joint venture's investment in the train production facilities will total about 250 million euros. The first two Lastochka trains are scheduled to be produced in the first half of 2014. Construction and installation of equipment at Ural Locomotives production facilities will be completed by the end of 2013, and the plant will begin serial production of the Lastochka trains by 2015.

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