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Ivolga 4.0 train model debuts on Line D4 of the Moscow Central Diameters

On May 2 the Ivolga 4.0 electric train made its inaugural run on the Line D4 of the Moscow Central Diameters (MCD). The train's production involved the collaboration of approximately 50,000 employees from 600 enterprises across Russia.

It highlights Moscow's role as a major driving force in the country's transportation engineering sector – the city accounts for 75% of all transport machine-building orders in Russia. According to Maksim Liksutov, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport, without these orders spanning three to five years, Russia's transportation engineering sector would not have reached its current level of development.

The Ivolga 4.0 has a localization level of 97% and represents a significant upgrade from its predecessor. Manufactured at the Tver Carriage Works (part of Transmashholding, or TMH), the train features several key enhancements:

  • Third door in intermediate carriages: This addition, reminiscent of metro cars, enables faster passenger boarding and disembarking – it accelerates passenger flow by up to 30%.

  • Increased capacity: The Ivolga 4.0 accommodates nearly 100 more passengers, with a total capacity of 2,533 in an 11-car configuration. This is achieved through the addition of nine extra doors, creating more free space.

  • Exterior design changes: The front of the train has been redesigned with a darker and more streamlined appearance.

  • Interior upgrades: The headrests and handrails now feature a blackberry color scheme.

  • Convenient door opening button placement: Late-model Ivolga 3.0 trains and all Ivolga 4.0 trains have two door opening buttons located on either side of the door, enhancing accessibility.

Furthermore, the train's driver's cab has been designed to maximize comfort and safety:

  • Two-stage control system with 100% redundancy: This ensures that two systems back each other up, allowing the train to continue operating normally even if the primary system fails.

  • Rapid turnaround: The train can change direction in just one minute, reducing dwell time at terminal stations and improving service frequency.

  • Enhanced information display: Diagnostic data and train performance information are now displayed on two screens instead of one, giving the driver a more comprehensive view.

  • Surveillance system: Closed-circuit cameras provide the driver with visibility inside and around the train, with all footage transmitted to the control panel.

  • Ergonomic seating: Adjustable, ergonomic seats for the driver and assistant ensure comfort and quick response times.

  • Convenience features: The cab includes a cooled cup holder and electronic card access for faster and more secure entry.

The development of the MCD is a top priority for the city. This year, we will introduce 53 modern trains on the new diameters. By the end of 2024, we plan to update the rolling stock on long-distance commuter routes on the Line D3. And on D4, we will complete the replacement of trains by the end of 2025. The new Ivolgas will make travel even more comfortable. The production of these trains not only improves the city’s transportation system but also contributes to the development of the domestic machine-building industry, — Maksim Liksutov.

Moscow continues to invest heavily in replacing outdated trains with modern, state-of-the-art models. Since 2011, the share of updated rolling stock in the entire Central Transport Hub has increased almost 15-fold, from 5% to 71%.

The average age of the rolling stock has decreased by a factor of 3, from 24 to 8 years. The share of intra-city trips by rail has almost doubled.

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