1 August 2019 y.

TMH received the authorization to produce a pilot batch of its new two-coach passenger sections

A panel commission session with participation from Federal Passenger Company, Russian Railways, Directorate for Consumer Rights and Health Protection, Railway Research Institute (VNIIJG), Regional Center of Standardization and Metrology, and others took place at TMH Tver Plant. After reviewing the test results, design documentation, and development prototypes, the commission granted its authorization to produce a pilot batch of 61-4517 and 61-4516 passenger coaches.

These models feature a new design concept – they come in pairs from the factory as two-coach sections. In the history of Russian passenger railway industry, this concept is implemented for the first time.

The service room, where the attendant monitors and controls working parameters, is located in one of the two coaches. The other, instead of a service room, has a convenience zone with vending machines and coffee dispensers.

In addition to a fridge, a microwave, and pressure tight gangways, for the first time a mass model coach will have a bathroom with a shower and a water purifier.

Passenger compartments in 61-4517 models will have foldable tables and personal safes. The lower berths, while folded, make couches with headrests; the upper berths fold flush to the wall and do not take up space. 

All passenger seats in 61-4516 model can be equipped with curtains. For added convenience, all seats will have USB outlets.
The new rolling stock will accommodate more accessibility options. As such, it will have foldable passage bridges, doors with easy to reach buttons, and gangway pass-through accommodations.

The production of these new coaches is outlined in the long-term contract between Federal Passenger Company and TMH Tver Plant, signed in February of 2019.

In addition to the authorized models, the plant is finalizing a prototype of 61-4529 crew coach, which will boast a number of new design options. Before the launch into production, it will pass the full scope of commissioning tests and a certification.

Shipments of the new coaches will start in September-October of 2019.