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TMH Obtains Type Approvals for Its Paired Coaches and Ivolga EMUs
29 August 2019 y.

TMH Obtains Type Approvals for Its Paired Coaches and Ivolga EMUs


TMH Tver Plant received three type approval certificates for its new products: 61-4516 paired couchettes, 61-4517 paired sleeper couches, and 62-4496 EG2Tv Ivolga EMUs in 5- to 12-car versions. The certificates allow the manufacturer to launch the new products into mass production.

The handover ceremony took place at PRO//Motion.Expo international railway fair in Scherbinka, Russia.

The factory-coupled coach pairs allow for better distribution of space and help add convenience options anticipated by modern passengers. It is the first time in Russia such project will reach the mass market.

The production of the new coaches will be a part of the long-term contract with Federal Passenger Company, signed in February 2019, which outlines production of rolling stock until 2025. The first shipments are planned for October 2019. 

The technical specifications of ET2Tv Ivolga EMU meet or surpass the ones of its competitors. The train is assembled in Russia out of mostly Russian-made parts and components; it was designed to address the needs of local passengers and operators. 

The certificate additionally approves Ivolgas to run as a multiple and have 5 to 12 cars in a rake. Designed for high ridership lines with the maximum capacity of its 7-car version amounting to 2267 passengers, the train features wide 1400 mm entrances located close to car centers and a pass-through design with sealed gangways to help passengers move inside the train.

Ivolga’s head cars carry bike racks, information panels, media screens, WIFI, and a passenger tracking system. All handrails have warm-to-touch coating; each seat is fitted with a USB-charger and a storage area in the upper shelving accommodations.

Ivola base models successfully operate in Russia since Spring, 2017. In 2018, TMH Tver Plant won Central Passenger Company’s tender to produce rolling stock for Moscow Central Diameters. As a result, two contracts were signed: for 24 6-car EMUs and 15 7-car EMUs. The former was completed in July, the latter is planned for completion before the end of 2019.

All certificates are valid for 5 years.