The first of three new Stadler high-speed trains purchased by Serbia was officially turned over on Friday at a ceremony also attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
BELGRADE – The first of three new Stadler high-speed trains purchased by Serbia was officially turned over on Friday at a ceremony also attended by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
The train, which is compliant with the European Train Control System (ETCS), can run at speeds up to 200 kph and is the first duuble-decker train in Serbia.
The ceremony was held at the New Belgrade train station.
Serbian Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Tomislav Momirovic, Belgrade Mayor Zoran Radojicic, Deputy Mayor Goran Vesic and representatives of the Swiss train manufacturer Stadler Bussnang AG and the Swiss embassy in Belgrade were also present.
Swiss Ambassador Urs Schmid and former German chancellor Gerhard Schroder were in attendance as well.
After a presentation, the train went on a trial run to the Belgrade Centre railway station.
The remaining two trains are to be delivered by the end of the year.
A 62.2 mln euro contract to buy the trains was signed with Stadler in April.
The trains will be running between Belgrade and Novi Sad on a rail line to be completed by the end of the year.
Commercial operation will begin from March following tests of both the trains and the rail line.
The journey between Belgrade and Novi Sad will last only a half an hour.