Moving towards an expected launch date in early 2016, the first of six trainsets supplied by CAF is undergoing trials on Saudi Railway Company’s North-South line.
The passenger fleet, complete with onboard passenger Wi-Fi, includes business and economy class coaches, sleeping, dining and restaurant cars, luggage vans and car-carrying vans, which can be assembled in various combinations to produce nine-car day or 13-car night trains.
The service intends to attract commercial and industrial development in the cities linked by the North-South Railway, with the versatile trainsets designed for 200km/h hour operation in temperatures of up to 55°C.
Adding to their existing trainsets supplied to Saudi Railways Organization, this new fleet takes the total value of CAF’s rolling stock orders in Saudi Arabia to more than €400m.
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