A new Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) is being designed at NEWAG in Nowy Sącz. Commissioned by Warszawska Kolej Dojazdowa [WKD — Warsaw Commuter Rail], the new six-car vehicle will be characterised by a unique design, functionality and cutting-edge design solutions.
The new train attracts attention with its futuristic appearance drawing on the latest design trends. The design for the 39WE EMU has been inspired by the city’s modern architecture. It is dominated by geometric forms combined with smooth surfaces of both train interiors and exterior.
Thanks to a big windscreen at the train front, the vehicle has acquired a modern shape, a reference to the city’s dynamic nature, also ensuring excellent visibility for the driver in specific operational conditions of the WKD. The front display and the top headlight are visually streamlined with the windscreen. The remaining part of the train front is enclosed by the covers of massive shock absorbers which resemble skids and create an impression as if the whole train was moving above the ground.
The design of the 39WE also reflects its functionality. Many doors on each side of the train will facilitate boarding and de-boarding. Spacious vestibules, with a stylistic reference to the train front, provide comfortable passage to passengers with restricted mobility, parents pushing strollers and cyclists.
The elegant interior colour scheme combines shades of white and graphite with contrasting navy blue seats. Ceiling lamps and trapezoid-shaped air-conditioning vents attract the eye.
The designers have focused on safety. The layout of the driver’s cab is subordinated to the driver’s work ergonomics. A specially-designed control panel placed around the driver’s seat makes it possible for the driver to notice objects placed at a short distance from the vehicle front. Additionally, an interior monitoring system with an event recorder ensure passengers’ safety while travelling.
The designers have used innovative technological solutions while designing the train for WKD, including the construction of the train body and implementing methods of noise reduction to the environment.
The six-car, 60 metre train will consist of two open-space parts comprising three cars each. Its total passenger capacity will be 505, including 164 seating capacity. It will be equipped with an integrated passenger information system featuring external LED displays and internal LCD monitors. The whole passenger space will be air-conditioned with a window layout enabling free air exchange throughout the train and a passenger counting system.
The 39WE trains will travel on the WKD tracks with a speed of 80km/h. They will start servicing the routes of the Warsaw Commuter Rail in 2016.