Belarus Railways plans to introduce Stadler EMUs on Minsk-Vilnius international route next year, the Director of the Belarusian Railways Vladimir Morozov told local media at the launch ceremony of the Gomel-Minsk InterCity business class service on 3 August.
According to Vladimir Morozov, long-distance and international services represent the next stage in the development of the new passenger transportation project. “We will launch the international operations after the completion in 2017 of the electrification of the railway line to Vilnius, Lithuania”, he said. “New type of services will be introduced in the future. For instance, EMUs made by the Polish company PESA will run between oblast centers,” he added.
The new InterCity business-class EMU will connect Minks to regional centers in the range of 300-500 km. The train has 382 seats, including 16 in first class accommodation, a multi-purpose zone for people with reduced mobility, space for oversize baggage. The new train also provides on-board catering and free Wi-Fi.