As part of the project to launch high-speed train services between Russia and Central Europe by putting on new rolling stock by Spain’s Patentes Talgo S.L., FPC organised a series of international events.
They included an extended meeting between FPC, Belarusian Railway, PKP Intercity, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe, Patentes Talgo S.L., and Polish and Belarusian border guards and customs services.
The meeting was focused on the progress in the construction of a bogie exchange station in Brest, certification tests of Patentes Talgo rolling stock and acceptance tests of the bogie exchange station, as well as on the interaction among local border guards, customs authorities and other regulatory bodies.
Additionally, FPC organised a presentation of Patentes Talgo rolling stock for Belarusian Railway, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe and regulatory authorities of Belarus and Poland, and arranged for field tests in Poland to identify the specifics of the rolling stock operation at underground railway stations.
Negotiations were held with Patentes Talgo S.L. to discuss financial and economic aspects of further relations between the two companies. In particular, the two sides revised the price and terms of the contract for Patentes Talgo rolling stock maintenance and discussed a delay in delivery of the trains to Russia and their certification. The parties agreed to reduce the contract price.
Strizh-branded trains manufactured by Patentes Talgo S.L. have been running on the domestic route between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod since 1 June 2015, having replaced Sapsan trains on this service link. Passengers have already appreciated new Strizh trains for their quality and comfort.
On 2 June 2015, during an official visit of the Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico to Russia, FPC and the Slovak-Russian Business Council signed a memorandum of cooperation in the rolling stock sales and upgrades.
The memorandum expresses mutual interest in the modernisation of FPC’s rolling stock by Slovak companies (dining carriages and conversion of RIC carriages into staff carriages), purchase of WLABmee carriages (built in 1994) by the Slovak side from FPC and lease of dining carriages by FPC from third parties.
The parties signed a purchase and sale contract for 40 WLABmee carriages and held extensive talks to discuss the implementation of other articles of the memorandum.
The conversion of new RIC carriages into staff carriages was discussed at a series of meetings with Siemens, a manufacturer of this rolling stock.
Окончательное решение АО «ФПК» будет принято после анализа технико-экономических обоснований модернизации, представленных словацкой и австрийской сторонами.
FPC will make its final decision after the consideration of feasibility studies provided by the Slovak and Austrian sides.
In an effort to develop ticketing sales, FPC, OSJD and UIC organised a joint seminar on advanced ticketing technologies in Saint Petersburg on