+ The first two trains will be commissioned, four others have been delivered
The first two CAF trains, part of a series of 8 new trains for the Bucharest subway, are ready to be commissioned. Four other trains have been delivered to the Metrorex company. The final reception of the two trains was successful, after they underwent a full set of dynamic tests carried out by Metrorex specialists in cooperation with representatives of Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF). The tests confirmed that the two trains are within optimal parameters, Metrorex officially inducting them in its fleet.
The first train was taken over by Metrorex ahead of time, on 20 December 2015, CAF thus respecting ahead of time its contractual commitment with the Bucharest operator, which stipulated a period of 16 months since the signing of the contract (November 2014) for the delivery of the first train. “As we announced, we have accelerated the delivery timetable of the 8 trains for Bucharest. The final reception of the two trains took place in the last two weeks, so that they will enter use starting in March. CAF has also delivered four other trains since the start of the year, which are undergoing dynamic tests at Metrorex,” Inaki Barrenechea, CAF Area Manager responsible for Romania, stated.
Referring to the importance of this project for CAF, Inaki Barrenechea stated: “The trains for Bucharest represent a priority for us, the production line in Beasain being mobilized for this project, thus managing to deliver ahead of schedule six of the eight trains. We will carry out our commitment since we have both the expertise and the production capacity to build the rolling stock.”
The novelties of the latest generation of subway trains made by CAF for Bucharest: software control and diagnosis through the Train Control Monitoring System (TCMS); the latest generation Human Machine Interface (HMI) unit, giving the mechanic access to the train’s commands and functional information; advanced passenger information system (visual, acoustic and through pre-defined messages), fully controlled through software; optimizing the passengers’ access to the carriages, including the maximum reduction of the distance between the edge of the platform and the floor of the carriage, in order to ease access for persons with disabilities; traction and control system made by Mitsubishi and personalized by CAF; braking system with significantly lowered emissions of pollutants (and noise reduction); Ethernet network for high-speed diagnosis and configuration; WiFi connectivity for maintenance operations; advanced protection for maintenance operators.