Monday, May 21, 2012 -
A Polish state-run railway stock producer said Friday it has agreed to supply 49 rail passenger wagons to Kazakhstan this year.
Kriukov Car Building Works (KCBW) of Poland said Kazakhstan’s national railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) ordered this month an additional seven passenger cars for 2012.
The two companies had earlier agreed on supplying a total of 42 cars to Central Asia’s largest republic.
KCBW has so far delivered 23 passenger cars, of which 18 are third-class sleeping cars and the remainder are sleepers with separate compartments.
By comparison, Kazakhstan ordered just 12 passenger carriages in the full year 2011.
The Polish firm is the only maker of both passenger cars and cargo wagons in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and exports to more than 20 countries. It produces rolling stock and parts for overland and subway rail networks.
KTZ said earlier this month it plans to purchase 19,000 freight cars over an unspecified period as part of a plan to expand and upgrade its railway network.