TMH starts the deliveries of 1,300 passenger coaches to Egyptian National Railways (ENR)
25 June 2020 y.

TMH starts the deliveries of 1,300 passenger coaches to Egyptian National Railways (ENR)

• The largest ever rolling stock order in Egypt
• 1,300 UIC 1435mm passenger coaches of 5 different types
• A multi-country project Egypt-Russia-Hungary
• 40 months deliveries

25 June 2020 – Today, 22 UIC passenger coaches were officially delivered to ENR in the port of Alexandria in presence of representatives of the Egyptian Ministry of Transport. Ten more coaches left Russia on 19 June. They are due to arrive in Egypt in the first decade of July. With one coach delivered in April 2020 for testing, this first batch includes 33 third-class vehicles equipped with dynamic ventilation. 

The coaches were transported by trucks from Tver plant (TVZ), where they are produced, to the port of Saint Petersburg and loaded onto a vessel heading for the port of Alexandria. A team of technical experts from TVZ arrived last week in Egypt to perform the official hand-over procedure, which includes a brake check on each coach. The coaches will now be sent to Cairo to start commercial operation on 1 July. 

 “We are extremely pleased to have been able, despite the challenging context of the Covid-19 pandemic, to deliver on-time the first coaches to ENR and to successfully complete the certification test campaign in Hungary and Egypt. This is the result of the joint efforts of a multi-country team in Egypt, Russia, and Hungary, working in close cooperation with the customer.”, 
said David John, Chief Technical Officer and ENR Project Director at TMH International.

In April, TMH managed to load the first coach for ENR on the last vessel leaving Slovenia before the lock-down period, allowing ENR to start 2-month running tests on its railway network. Unable to travel abroad, TMH specialists in Russia have developed a full training kit and documentation pack for ENR and relied locally on TÜV Nord Egypt technical expertise to supervise the testing together with TMH Egypt local team. In Hungary, BME certification body is expected to deliver certificates of conformity for the coaches by end of the month. 

The 1300 passenger coaches ordered by ENR will not only add a further 30% capacity to the current passenger fleet, but significantly increase its reliability and safety. Over the recent years Egypt has faced increasing rail accidents caused by obsolete fleet and infrastructure. The country has launched an ambitious modernisation programme of its railway network, resulting in the largest ever rolling stock order won by TMH Hungary in 2018. The contract includes a 5-year warranty period. In addition to the warranty, TMH Egypt would be ready to maintain the fleet.  

This record-project, financed by the Hungarian and Russian Eximbanks under state guarantee of both countries, includes 51% of Hungarian content. With 680 coaches to be manufactured in Hungary, this is the largest ever rolling stock manufacturing project in the country. Together with MV local partner, TMH recently acquired Dunakeszi site (DJJ), where the production will start in the third quarter of the year. The remaining coaches are manufactured at TVZ in Russia.    

The UIC 1435mm vehicles designed by TMH engineers can operate in sand and dust under temperatures up to +50°C with a 40-year lifecycle. The five different models range from third-class coaches with dynamic ventilation (500 units), and third-class air-conditioned (500 units) to second-class (180 units), first-class (90 units) with HVAC and second-class restaurant-cars (30 units). TMH teams in Egypt

TMH offers 30 different models of passenger coaches for the 1435 and 1520mm gauges, from single- or double-deckers to seated, sleeping or special-purpose cars (restaurant, post...). The company manufactures 1,200 passenger coaches a year in its centre of excellence TVZ.