The government-owned passenger train operator Elron announced on May 19 that it is planning to purchase a new fleet of inter-city trains.
The company previously leased 38 Swiss-made Stadler diesel and electric trains in a deal valued at 176 million euros, which was completed in 2014.
The new trains will offer more luxurious first class compartment and serve the Tallinn-Tartu route, while some of the existing trains would start operating on Tallinn-Narva and Tallinn-Rapla service.
The new deal is expected to be worth 30 million euros, with a delivery scheduled for 2018.
Elron was founded in 1998, operating electric trains in Tallinn's suburban areas. In 2014, the company took over all domestic passenger train services in Estonia.
It currently handles inter-city trains from Tallinn's Baltic station on Tallinn–Tartu–Valga (connecting to Pasažieru vilciens trains to Latvian capital Riga), Tallinn–Tartu–Koidula, Tallinn–Narva, Tallinn–Pärnu and Tallinn–Viljandi routes.
Editor: S. Tambur