ED4MKM-AERO 0001 EMU. Rizhskiy rail terminal - CC via Wikimedia Commons/Boleslav1
CAIRO - 21 July 2019: The Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) endorsed the technical specifications of two passenger railcars to be supplied by Transmashholding in September.
Those are part of a contract to supply 1,300 railcars. One of the railcars will will be tested in Hungary, so it will be granted the safety certification by the European Railway Agency. The other will be tested in Egypt. Afterwards, the first batch of railcars in the contract will be delivered in accordance with the timeline set by both parties.
The contract states that 650 railcars will be supplied from Hungary, 500 will be delivered by Russia, and 150 will be manufactured by Egypt under the supervision by Transmashholding. An Egyptian locomotive factory will be established as part of a plan to localize the locomotive industry in Egypt and transfer the know-how to workers, technicians, and engineers in the sector. The factory will produce the 150 railcars and also provide maintenance services.
The representatives of ERA and Transmashholding agreed to hold further visits and meetings to study the possibility of cooperation in rail infrastructure, mobile rail, workshops, new lines, and maintenance of existing railcars.