Cape Town – The Egyptian Railways Authority has received a batch of new air-conditioned train vehicles as part of the deal of 1 300 cars manufactured by Transmash Holding Company, the representative of the Russian-Hungarian alliance, according to local Egyptian media.
The batch includes 12 air-conditioned third-class cars.
According to Egypt Today, the agreement with Transmash Hewing Company includes the manufacture and supply of 800 first-, second- and third-class air-conditioned vehicles in monthly instalments.
Furthermore, the agreement also includes 500 third-class vehicles with dynamic ventilation (regular), of which 700 regular and third-class air-conditioned vehicles have arrived so far.
The Railways Authority installs the service of new trains every month within the deal of 1 300 cars, with an average of three new trains a month added to the system.
In 2020, Egyptian Minister of Transport Kamel Al-Wazir announced that Alexandria Port would be receiving a new batch of 22 passenger railroad cars, bringing the total of Russian railroad cars so far to 103 vehicles in 2020, as part of a deal to manufacture and supply 1 300 new passenger railroad cars.
The deal, signed between the Egyptian Railways Authority and Russian-Hungarian company Transmashholding, is the largest in the history of Egypt’s railways, with a value of $1.8 billion (about R27bn).
The life-cycle of the coaches in both continental and coastal environments of Egypt is 40 years.