Elron's 1st new Skoda train to arrive in Estonia at 1 p.m.

  • 2024-06-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – A new Skoda electric train of Estonian passenger train operator Elron, currently transported from Riga via Valga and Tartu to the Paaskula depot in Tallinn with the help of a diesel locomotive, will arrive in Valga, Estonia at about 1 p.m. on Monday.

The train makes longer stops at some stations while en route to let passenger trains pass. It will arrive at the Paaskula depot in the early hours of Tuesday. The arrival of the first train in Estonia will also mark the start of the production stage where the new train type will be tested on the railways here.

"The new train is not yet completely ready, because various signs, cafeteria equipment and bicycle racks must be added and all passenger amenities must be tested in its interior," Elron board member Mart Ehrenpreis said.

In July, type tests of the new train will begin on Estonian railways. The first train must travel without passengers altogether 6,000 kilometers without any major technical incidents, during which reliability and other compliance with the terms of the contract will be assessed. After the successful completion of the type tests, all delivered trains must pass a control period of 5,000 kilometers also while serving passengers in route operation. In total, at least 70 different tests will be performed on every train arriving in Estonia.

The ceremonial first entry of the new train into the Elron depot building will take place in the second half of the week.

A total of 16 new Skoda electric trains will arrive in Estonia between 2024 and 2026, of which 11 are long-distance trains and five are suburban trains. A long-distance train will have 236 seats, 15 bicycle places, a catering area and numbered seats. A suburban train will have 263 seats and 18 bicycle places.

The schedule of the Narva and Viljandi directions can be supplemented using the resource of the diesel trains to be released from the Tallinn-Tartu route.