Siemens unveils 'Hesan Alkhaleej’ intercity train for Gulf region

Posted on 9th March 2016

Siemens has unveiled a concept for a high-speed capacity intercity train, tailored for the Gulf region; the Hesan Alkhaleej or ‘Horse of the Gulf’.

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A comfortable, reliable and efficient alternative to road and air travel, the Hesan Alkhaleej concept incorporates proven technology from the Siemens Mobility portfolio, and integrates special features for the Gulf.

“The Hesan Alkhaleej is a premium intercity train; our vision of a real alternative to road and air travel in the Gulf region,” said Joerg Scheifler, senior executive vice president, mobility, Siemens Middle East. “Mobility between cities is a key driver of economic stimulus, and while there are already a number of modern city transit systems in the region, we see the need arising for fast, safe, luxurious and efficient intercity services to link these together.

The Hesan Alkhaleej concept is designed to withstand ambient temperatures in excess of 55 degrees celsius, and incorporates sand-filtering technologies to ensure reliable service in the region’s challenging climate.

Unprecedented levels of redundancy, especially with regard to air conditioning and power supply, ensure that even in the event of multiple failures the train will be able to continue its journey and protect passengers.

The Hesan Alkhaleej would also be equipped to run on tracks suitable for heavy freight services, enabling mixed-use services to accommodate the varied future requirements of the region’s rail systems.

“Rail networks on the Arabian Peninsula are chiefly built around freight operations, but we also recognise the needs of growing populations and an increasingly diverse economic landscape,” said Scheifler, according to Constructionweekonline news report.

“It is key to the efficient use of investment and infrastructure that passenger and freight services can be combined in a mixed-use solution, integrated with what’s already in place and achieve the speed, luxury and convenience levels required to compete with air and road travel. This is the Hesan Alkhaleej concept.”

Siemens is showcasing its full portfolio for rail and mobility innovation, including rolling stock, rail automation, rail electrification and seamless mobility solutions, At Middle East Rail 2016.

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