The train from the 81 series – marked with the number 7 – will set off on Wednesday before midnight on its journey to Kiev. Wagons will travel to the capital of Ukraine on car trailers. In total, Warsaw will deliver 60 wagons for the local metro to Kiev, announced the capital city hall.
The first train of the 81 series will leave the Technical and Parking Station in Kabaty for Kiev on Wednesday before midnight. Previously, each of the wagons of the trainset was properly prepared for transport by truck, and then pulled, using specialized equipment, onto special carriages.
“The wagons are technically efficient”
– Wagons of the 81 series have carried passengers from the very beginning of the metro’s operation in the capital. We are handing over 60 such wagons to Kiev, whose mayor – Witalij Kliczko – signaled to us that the local metro may stop due to the lack of spare parts – said the Mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski. – The wagons are technically efficient. It is true that some of them have traveled as much as 2.5 million kilometers, but they will certainly perform well in Kiev. They will help the mayor and the entire city in securing the transport needs of its inhabitants – added the Mayor of Warsaw.
In the last weeks before the journey, devices such as: elements of the SOP (speed limit system), event recorders, radio communication equipment and other parts of equipment that are not used in the Kiev metro. Mirrors and electricity collectors were also removed for the duration of the ride so that they would not be damaged.
Train number 7 said goodbye to the Varsovians on March 29, when its last ride on the M1 line took place.
The city hall stressed that the Ukrainian side would receive the wagons free of charge. In total, there are 60 wagons worth over PLN 40 million. All of them have valid certificates of technical efficiency.
The oldest train stays in Warsaw
– The good news is that the oldest train – consisting of the oldest cars, number 2 – will stay in Warsaw. As a keepsake. The rest will serve our friends in Kiev. And there is a certain paradox in this, because these wagons were manufactured near Moscow and St. Petersburg, and today they will serve Kiev – explained Mayor Trzaskowski.
The last repairs of this type of wagons took place in 2017-2022. Individual trains of this series have traveled from over a million to almost 2.5 million km. Train No. 7, which will depart for Kiev on Wednesday, consists of wagons manufactured in 1994 and 1997 and covered as much as 2.4 million kilometers in the tunnels of the Warsaw underground railway.
In the winter seasons, the well-worn 81 series wagons turned into Christmas trains – in recent years they were trains numbered 10 and 13. They also took part in exercises of firemen and anti-terrorist units many times – both at stations and in the tunnels of the Warsaw metro. Most recently on April 17 – during anti-terrorist actions “Wolf-Ram-23”
Main photo source: Warsaw City Hall