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Velaro EGY high speed train for Egypt on test Velaro EGY high speed train for Egypt on test

The first of the Velaro EGY high speed trainsets which Siemens Mobility is to supply to Egypt is undergoing dynamic testing at the Wegberg-Wildenrath circuit in Germany ahead of delivery later this year.

Siemens said the start of testing marked ‘a big step forward’ for the project.

A consortium of Siemens Mobility, Orascom Construction and The Arab Contractors is building three electrified lines totalling 2 000 km under turnkey contracts.

Consortium leader Siemens’ €8·1bn share of the work includes railway systems, electrification, ETCS Level 2 and the supply of 41 eight-car 230 km/h Velaro high speed trainsets, 94 four-car 160 km/h Desiro HC regional EMUs and 41 Vectron 120 km/h electric freight locomotives.

Subscribers can read an in-depth article on Egypt’s ‘Suez Canal on Rails’ project by Léon Soulier, CEO Turnkey & Middle East & Africa at Siemens Mobility.

Source: Railway Gazette