ČD Class 471

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ČD Class 471
Praha, Smíchov, Smíchovské nádraží, City Elephant (nový).jpg
In service2000 — present
ManufacturerŠkoda Transportation
Constructed1997 – 2013
Number built83 units
Number in service83 units
Capacity287 2nd class, 23 1st class
Operator(s)České dráhy
Maximum speed140 km/h (87 mph)
Weight155.4 tonnes (343,000 lb)
Power output2,000 kW (2,682 hp)
UIC classificationBo’Bo’+ 2’2’+ 2’2’
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Class 471 electric motor unit, commonly known as CityElefant, is a double deck electric multiple unit operating on 3 kV DC overhead wires produced by Škoda Vagonka, a subsidiary of Škoda Transportation, since 1997 and operated by the České dráhy rail transit operator on its suburban services around Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic. A single unit consists of a Class 471 power car with first class seating, a single Class 071 passenger car and a Class 971 cab car.

Czech railways ordered in total 83 units. The last unit for the Czech Railways was delivered in March 2013. In addition, variants differing in power system and other parameters, have been ordered by Lithuanian Railways, Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko and Ukrainian Railways.

Derived units[edit]

Lithuania Lithuania[edit]

  • Lithuanian Railways – The Lithuanian Railways ordered 13 soviet broad gauge units of class EJ 575. The first train was delivered in 2008 and the last unit was delivered in 2017. They are operated on the route Vilnius - Kaunas since December 2008 and Vilnius - Minsk (Belarus). Units consist of two and three cars. They have very similar interior like Czech class 471. The maximum speed has increased up to 160 km/h (99 mph).

Slovakia Slovakia[edit]

  • Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko – The ZSSK operates 19 units of class 671 and 10 push-pull units of class 951. All of them are three-car units and the maximum speed has increased to 160 km/h (99 mph).

Ukraine Ukraine[edit]

  • Ukrainian Railways – In January 2011, the Ukrainian Railways ordered two soviet broad gauge units of class EJ 675. Both of them are six-car units. The maximum speed has increased to 160 km/h (99 mph). The units were to be the first trains of a series of 50 to 60 units, however no further purchases were made. They currently operate on the route Kharkiv - Kyiv - Ternopil.

Germany Germany[edit]

  • Deutsche BahnDB Regio ordered 6 locomotive-hauled push-pull trainsets. Trainsets will be used on Nuremberg–Munich high-speed railway. Push pull units will be hauled by locomotives Škoda 109E. Units are successor of Czech class 471. These new units are designed for speed up to 200 km/h (124 mph). The maximum speed in operation will be limited to 189 km/h (117 mph) as required by Deutsche Bahn in the tender. Trainsets are expected to be delivered in 2016.



  • Handl, Erich (January 14, 2008). "Government approves splitting off passenger transport from Czech Railways". Czech Business Weekly. Retrieved 2008-11-08. Next year, ČD is planning to purchase eight suburban CityElefant train units...[dead link]
  • Hulpachová, Markéta (August 1, 2007), "Hitting the junction. Government greenlights plan to spin off ČD's freight division", www.praguepost.com, The Prague Post, archived from the original on 1 December 2008, A portion of the loan has been used for the purchase of nine new CityElefant passenger trains for regional transport, replacing the trains’ earlier versions, which have been operating since the 1960s
  • "Railway Technology - ŠKODA TRANSPORTATION - Suburban Rail Vehicle Units", www.railway-technology.com, archived from the original on 14 July 2007
  • "Drahy will invest in a car fleet". Access Czech Republic Business Bulletin via Europe Intelligence Wire. October 23, 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-08.

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