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Obsolete rail infrastructure forces Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal Railways to give up new rolling stock acquisition

In 2008, Bosnia and Herzegovina Federal Railways (ZFBH) signed a contract with Croatia’s Koncar for the purchase of 12 new electric low-floor EMUs.  The first unit was delivered in 2009, the price being estimated at EUR 5.3 million. However due to obsolete infrastructure and lack of line maintenance this year the rolling stock returned to the manufacturer.

According to Iva Sviben, Koncar  marketing representative,  the purchase of  the 12 EMU’s canceled due to the financial crisis, at the request of the Government of FBiH. 

In 2005,  ZFBH have also signed a contract with Spanish company Talgo for 9 trains, a contract worth EUR 68 million. The rolling stock was delivered in 2011. According to the local press, the trains are not suitable for use on the obsolete railway tracks of BiH and now the company is trying to lease them to Turkey.

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