More than 10,000 rail vehicles already ordered in 2019
Oscar Sinclair, 04/09/19

Total passenger rail vehicles ordered in 2019 passed the 10,000 mark in August, which is a 17.5% increase over the same period in 2018.

A total of 13 contracts were awarded in February 2019, accounting for 3913 vehicles, or 37% of the total ordered so far this year and an 77% increase from February 2018.

The bulk of this figure is an order from Federal Passenger Company (FPK), a subsidiary of Russian Railways (RZD), with Transmashholding subsidiary Tver Carriage Works (TVZ) for the supply of up to 3730 passenger coaches. The contract is worth $US 3.5bn and comprises an initial order of 2644 coaches for delivery between 2019 and 2025. The contract includes an option for an additional 1086 units.

Another large order in February was the €550m contract awarded to Talgo by German Rail (DB) to supply up to 100 long-distance trains. The initial order for 23 sets comprises 23 locomotives and 230 coaches. BEML, an Indian state-owned manufacturer, also won a $US 437m contract to supply 378 metro cars made up of 63 six-car sets for Mumbai Metro lines 2A, 2B and 7. The driverless trains are scheduled for delivery between 2020 and 2022.

June was another strong month for orders with 25 contracts awarded. Highlights include Seoul Metro awarding Woojin Industrial Systems (WJIS) a contract worth $US 314.7m to supply 336 metro car’s, Transport for London (TfL) awarding CAF a contract to design, manufacture and supply a fleet of 43 five-car driverless metro trains for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR); and RZD ordering 13 high-speed Velaro Rus trains from Siemens and Ural Locomotives. This order is estimated to be worth around €1.1bn. The new 10-car trains will operate on the line between Moscow and St Petersburg.

July was also notable with order volume increasing by 43% year-on-year. A total of 17 contracts were awarded during the month, 13 of which were placed in Europe. Significant orders include Hitachi Rail winning a £400m contract from Abellio to supply a fleet of 33 five-car bi-mode inter-city trains. The Philippines Department of Transportation (DOTr) also awarded a $US 230m contract to a joint venture of Sumitomo Corporation and Japan Transport Engineering Company (J-Trec) for a fleet of 13 eight-car EMUs for the Manila North-South Commuter Railway.

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