Malaysia’s new CRRC rolling stock delivered

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The first deliveries of the third generation CRRC EMU trainsets have arrived in Malaysia, according to Transport Minister Anthony Loke.

The new ETS3 units rolled off the CRRC Zhuzhou locomotive production line in Hunan province on June 7 and were delivered to Kuala Lumpur within a week.

The upgraded trainsets are the third generation of Electric Train Service (ETS) locomotives and cars specially designed by CRRC for the Malaysian market. The new trains will be put into service on the 950km Gemas-Johor Baru Electric Double Track line.

An engineer performs the final checks before the EMU leaves the CRRC factory.  Credit: Xinhua via Sasac.gov.cnAn engineer performs the final checks before the EMU leaves the CRRC factory.  Credit: Xinhua via Sasac.gov.cn

An engineer performs the final checks before the EMU leaves the CRRC factory. Credit: Xinhua via Sasac.gov.cn

While the first two trainsets were built in Zhuzou, Loke said eight more will be assembled in Malaysia.

“It is also worth mentioning that significant efforts have been made to ensure that local manufacturers have meaningful participation and benefit from the positive spillover effects of working with CRRC in Malaysia,” he said.

Loke told local media that the new electrified project was planned and would be operational by August 2025.

CRRC said the new units will “significantly increase passenger capacity” and modernize Malaysia’s rail network.

The trains consist of 6 wagons and can accommodate up to 312 people. The EMUs will reach a speed of up to 160 kilometers per hour.

According to CRRC engineer Ren Zewen, the new design also has a larger battery system and will produce more power than previous iterations.

Interior photos showed the passenger layout and dining car.  Credit: Xinhua via Sasac.gov.cnInterior photos showed the passenger layout and dining car.  Credit: Xinhua via Sasac.gov.cn

Interior photos showed the passenger layout and dining car. Credit: Xinhua via Sasac.gov.cn

“The train is equipped with an intelligent driver assistance system, which can provide more economical driving strategies based on intelligent analysis of the line environment. The crash and fire safety performance of the train has reached an internationally advanced level,” said the design and manufacturer company.

The trainsets are set on a meter gauge and appear to include a dining car in the specification.

“Malaysia’s New CRRC Rolling Stock Delivered” was originally created and published by Railway technologya brand owned by GlobalData.


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