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Electric train service in testing along Minsk-Vilnius railway

Society 11.10.2017 | 13:00

MINSK, 11 October (BelTA) – Belarusian Railways and Lithuanian Railways are busy testing train service along the electrified railway section Molodechno-Gudogai-Kena, the press service of the Belarusian railway operator told BelTA.

Train service testing is part of the joint action plan to enable electric train service between Minsk and Vilnius. The testing period is supposed to evaluate the compatibility of the rolling stock and the infrastructure as well as the compliance of the rolling stock with the national legislations.

Apart from testing the ability of the trains to travel along the electrified railway the Belarusian and Lithuanian railway operators will have to agree on the maintenance of their trains at the stations in Minsk and Vilnius. They will also have to agree the schedule for international passenger train service between Minsk and Vilnius in 2017-2018.

Belarusian Railways intends to use five-car EPR trains with 302 seats for the Minsk-Vilnius train service. The new train service schedule for 2017-2018 is supposed to come into force on 10 December 2017. EPR trains have already been tested successfully in Lithuania. In turn, Lithuanian double-deck electric trains EJ 575 with 290 seats are now being tested in Belarus.

The joint action plan also provides for enabling electric freight train service between Molodechno and Kena.

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