Comfort and speed highly important
New state-of-the-art electric InterCity train launched between Gomel and Minsk
The InterCity business class electric train was launched between Gomel and Minsk
НThe train is intended for passenger transportation between the capital and regional centres, offering comfort and high speed, with the InterCity taking just 2 hours 59 minutes for the trip (45 minutes faster than before).
The train was assembled at the Stadler Minsk plant in Fanipol, and although our passengers are already familiar with new Stadler electric trains, the green InterCity stands out, having seven carriages, and 7,382 seats, of which 16 are business class, located in a separate zone in the first carriage and equipped with greater comfort.
All the seats are adjustable, and there is free Wi-Fi on board, while the temperature is maintained at comfortable 22 degrees. There is a thermal curtain to prevent the passenger compartment from being chilled in winter and sensors in the doors to prevent even little fingers becoming caught. A small bar offering drinks and snacks is located in the middle of the train, while a trolley of beverages and snacks also travels through the aisles. The train has a multifunctional area for physically challenged people and a retractable wheelchair ramp for independent boarding and departure.
Meanwhile, the driver’s cabin is mostly computer automated, with only a few levers and three large monitors. Information on the train’s technical conditions and required maintenance is transferred wirelessly to service centre staff.
Driver Andrey Bitus tells us, “The controls are located so that I can operate the train without any additional manipulation. The diagnostics system shows any failure alerts on the monitor, and the computer prompts how to fix them. As a rule, it’s enough to press a single button for a system command to repair a defect.”
Neither Andrey, nor his assistant, Dmitry Golubovich, have ever conducted a maiden ride so, of course, they were very excited. Yet, they are familiar with the train itself, as the crew were trained at the production plant.
By Anton Kostyukevich