The Railways of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina will start international passenger operation of its Talgo trains on Sarajevo – Zagreb routes in a couple of months, stated for the local press Rifat Čabrić, the company’s General Manager. The nine tilting trains are equipped for overnight services and will replace the 40 years old coaches currently in service. A first journey is planned for Sarajevo – Zenica route.
“Final prepaparations are being carried out for the opening of traffic. Talgo maintenance specialists are already in Sarajevo and are performing the technical inspection of trains. We have all neccesary authiritations for operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia”, added Čabrić.
The trains will also operate between and Sarajevo – Banja Luka. The rail passenger services on Sarajevo – Ploce route could also be resumed after infrastructure modernisation works will be completed.
Bosnia and Herzegovina Railways Public Corporation (BHZJK) awarded Spanish company TALGO the EUR 67.6 million contract for the supply of nine passenger trains in 2006. The Talgo rolling stock fleet was delivered in 2011, however it was never put into operation and the maintenance period for the supplied trains expired in 2013. FBiH has tried to lease them to Turkey.