New bus easily placed on rails

A carriage diesel train — a joint project by Belkommunmash, Minsk’s Wagon Repair Plant and a Polish holding — is successfully undergoing acceptance tests

By Pavel Dovlatov

In coming months, the rail bus should replace long suburban trains on less busy sections of the Gomel and Vitebsk branches of Belarusian Railways. The exact lines haven’t yet been disclosed, as analysis is still being conducted.

By the end of the year, six similar buses will have been supplied, each resembling a futuristic tram in design. They can carry 90 passengers and may accelerate up to 120kmh with minimum noise, while using three times less fuel than traditional diesel trains. The technical characteristics are impressive.

“During tests, the rail bus needs to fulfil technical targets: mechanical, functional, ecological, electromagnetic compatibility, aerodynamics and ergonomics, not to mention safety factors (including fire resistance),” notes the press service of Belarusian Railways.

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