- Hans Weber
- November 29, 2023
Czech Railways Commence Trial Operations of Next-Generation RegioFox Motorized Trainsets
Czech Railways (České dráhy) has embarked on the trial operations phase for its cutting-edge RegioFox motorized trainsets, signaling a significant step towards replacing the existing RegioNova trains. With Rolls Royce engines and adhering to stringent environmental standards (Stage V), these innovative trains are primed to make a positive ecological impact. The trains are also engineered to accommodate modern synthetic fuels, including hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO). While designed for a maximum speed of 120 km/h, their current operational speed on existing routes is 70 km/h.
Anticipating enhanced passenger experiences, the RegioFox trains boast modern, spacious, and air-conditioned interiors. Ergonomically crafted seats are available in both first and second-class configurations, accommodating a total of 115 passengers. State-of-the-art amenities include Wi-Fi, electrical outlets for device charging, and a contemporary audio-visual information system catering to passengers of varying abilities.
Currently, trial operations are being conducted with two units of the 847 series, with plans to potentially expand this to six trainsets over the coming weeks. These trials involve passengers and span the S75 Rakovník – Beroun and S6 Beroun – Rudná u Prahy – Praha lines. Upon successful completion, the RegioFox trains will gradually transition into service as regional or express trains, serving key routes such as Beroun to Rakovník and Prague, the Písek line, Havlíčkův Brod to Jihlava, Telč, and Slavonice, the northern route to Chrudim and Pardubice, as well as numerous non-electrified lines in the Hradec Králové and Pilsen regions.
Prioritizing accessibility, the RegioFox trains feature barrier-free design, boasting floor levels aligned with modern platforms, retractable platforms for gap bridging, and retractable steps for lower platforms. Additionally, these advanced trains incorporate a passenger counting system, enabling Czech Railways and transportation contractors to closely monitor occupancy levels.
Part of a substantial revitalization of regional and local train services, the RegioFox trainsets are set to replace older 814 and RegioNova trains from the 1975-1982 era (subsequently modernized between 2005 and 2012) as well as the 843 series from the 1990s.
The RegioFox trains’ imminent presence promises to bolster regional transportation within the Czech Republic, significantly enhancing the convenience and comfort of passengers traversing these routes.
Article by Prague Forum