[CZ] Czech railways want ‘RegioPanter’ trains for long-distance services

Skoda’s 7Ev train as ‘RegioPanter’ for regional services during InnoTrans 2012

The Czech Railways (ČD) want 14 new 7Ev class articulated trains from Škoda Transportation. ČD already has similar trains in service under the brand name RegioPanter, used for regional transport.
ČD wants to use the new 3- and 5-car trains on long distance routes. With the new rolling stock ČD wants to be ready for upcoming tenders. The new trains will therefore have a different configuration of the passenger compartments compared to the regional sets. Each car will only have one double entrance door instead of 2. It will offer more space for luggage and more comfortable seating.

The current RegioPanter family comprises three different types:
– ČD 440 series – 3-car – 3kV DC only
– ČD 640 series – 3-car – 3kV DC + 25kV AC
– ČD 650 series – 2-car – 3kV DC + 25kV AC

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