Metrowagonmash factory (MWM, part of JSC Transmashholding) delivered the first two RA-3 two-car rail buses to Central Exurban Passenger Company. This was reported in the Directorate for External Relations and Corporate Communications of the holding.

It is expected that residents of the Bryansk region will be the first passengers of new trains.

RA-3 rail buses are modern comfortable diesel trains that can be effectively used to organize urban, suburban and interregional passenger traffic on non-electrified sections of railways with both low and high platforms. A rail bus may consist of 2 or 3 cars. By connecting two trains coupled in a system of multiple units, the number of cars can reach 6.

Compared with the previous model, the number of seats in the new RA-3 rail bus increased — there are 133 seats in the 2-car train, and 229 seats in the 3-car train. The trainset is equipped with a crash system – passive safety system. The speed of the new train can reach 120 km/h. The life cycle of RA-3 is 40 years.

New interior of the passenger salon has been developed specially for this RA-3, meeting major modern requirements of aesthetics, fire and sanitary safety. The cars are equipped with information boards that display information about the route. Energy-saving LED lighting is applied. Passenger salon and driver’s cab are equipped with climate control systems with air disinfection and video surveillance, fire and security alarms. In the head cars, there are places for disabled people, lifts for wheelchairs, and universal sanitary facilities.

In July 2019, the RA-3 rail bus received a certificate from the Eurasian Economic Union, confirming its compliance with the requirements for the safety of railway transport and passenger traffic.

According to the contract, JSC METROWAGONMASH is to produce and deliver to Central EPC 23 trainsets: 17 two-car RA-3 rail buses in August-November 2019 and 6 three-car rail buses by the end of May 2020.

Metrowagonmash has been developing and manufacturing rail buses and diesel trains since 1997. The rolling stock of this class developed at the enterprise is operated in Russia, Serbia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Mongolia, Lithuania and Ukraine.