HRCS2 multiple unit
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|Entered service||2012 – present|
|Number in service||10|
|Formation||9 cars per 1 train set|
|Line(s) served||Kiev – Dnipro – Zaporizhia,|
Kiev – Kharkiv,
Kiev – Lviv – Truskavets
|Car body construction||Stainless Steel|
|Car length||21,700 mm (71 ft 2 in)|
|Width||3,500 mm (11 ft 6 in)|
|Height||4,275 mm (14 ft 0.3 in)|
|Doors||Electric plug-in doors|
|Maximum speed||176 km/h (109 mph)|
|Power supply||DC 3 kV & AC 25 kV|
|Bogies||Bolsterless, out-board type|
|Braking system(s)||A Microprocessor based electro-pneumatic brake|
|Track gauge||1,520 mm (4 ft 11 27⁄32 in) wide gauge|
The HRCS2 Hyundai Rotem is a dual-voltage electric multiple unit built by Hyundai Rotem.
The trains were ordered by Ukrainian Railways in preparation for the football championship UEFA Euro 2012 to transport passengers between cities that would host sporting events. The contract included delivery of 10 multiple units for $307 million, and an option for four diesel trains for an additional $43 million. The South Korean trains were delivered by ship to Odessa on March 11, 2012. Unit HRCS2-002 was taken into service at Odessa Zastava-1 and sent to Kharkiv on March 16 for acceptance testing, followed by Unit -001 on March 17. Units -003 and -004 arrived in the port of Odessa on April 9, 2012, and were delivered to Kharkiv in April 2012, followed by units -005 and -006 in May. All six units had passed their acceptance tests by June 1, 2012, the remaining four trains followed until August 2012.
In December 2012 the trains broke down on a daily basis, due to the cold weather. This led to criticism/regret by passengers and President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych that the train was bought. Hyundai Rotem offered its apologies to Ukrainian passengers, citing its "first winter in the country". The company will have its own team of engineers in Ukraine till 2018. Early October 2013 the company guaranteed "continuous operation" of the Intercity+ trains in the coming autumn and winter.
The HRCS2 is an electric multiple unit train designed to carry passengers on electrified lines with nominal voltages of 25 kV AC 50 Hz and 3 kV DC, running on track of 1,520 mm (4 ft 11 27⁄32 in) Russian gauge. In service, the trains reach speeds of 160 km/h.
Each motor car has four asynchronous traction motors with a rated power of 250 kW (connected as four parallel groups) that are powered by 4QS converter and inverter.
The train uses an air suspension system.
Train formed of two head, three trailers and four motor cars under the scheme: Mc1+T+MB+M2+T+M1+M2+T+Mc2
The number of cars in the nine trains (one of the temporary six-car for the route with the least number of passengers). Provides for operation of two articulated trains. The train has a two-class cars, "first class" and "second class", all places sedentary. First-class carriage – 2, 5, 8, and the second – 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9. In the first-class carriage, two armchairs arranged in two rows in the standard cars – two and three in the two series. The total number of seats in the train – 579. Locations are in the I class trailer cars (three cars on 56 seats each), and Class II in six motor cars. Two seats for the disabled are the first head coach.
Trains run daily in the following areas:
- "«Хюндай»-революція" ["Hyundai" revolution]. Lvivska Gazeta (in Ukrainian). June 1, 2012. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013.
- "What do Hyundai trains suffer from?". Den. February 6, 2013.; "Ukraine to stop purchases of Hyundai trains". Railwaybulletin.com. January 25, 2013.
- "Pricey trains break down, can't operate in cold weather". Kiev Post.; "Hyundai ламаються один за одним і годинами стоять без світла й тепла". Pravda (in Ukrainian).
- "Hyundai Company apologizes to Ukrainian passengers for discomfort in using high-speed trains". Kyiv Post. December 21, 2012.
- "Hyundai Corporation guarantees continuous operation of Intercity+ trains in winter". Kyiv Post. October 4, 2013.