The Riyadh metro’s first Inspiro trainset has been unveiled at Siemens’ Simmering plant in Wien.
“Our project teams in Wien and Saudi Arabia poured all their heart and soul into the development and completion of the first train which is specially equipped for the extreme climatic conditions in Riyadh,” said Siemens Mobility Division CEO Jochen Eickholt.
Siemens is part of the BACS consortium which is building lines 1 and 2 of the driverless metro network. Siemens’ €1·5bn share of the contract includes the rolling stock, signalling and electrification equipment.
The company is building 45 four-car Inspiro trainsets for Line 1 and 29 two-car sets for Line 2. The trains will have a maximum speed of 90 km/h. The Inspiro design has been adapted to operate in harsh local conditions, the bogies, traction systems, brakes and doors have been fitted with seals and filters to reduce sand ingress.