For many years, the conditions prevailing in Budapest’s public transport have been a key issue for Budapest’s public transport, as the unbiased heat or airlessness on the lines, which were upgraded years ago, is often intolerable, especially on hot summer days. a functioning ventilation system was abandoned and retrofitted axial fans did not help the situation.
Air-conditioning of metro carriages would therefore be necessary, for which purpose BKV held a symposium last October on potential manufacturers specializing in air-conditioning equipment for railway vehicles and presented the characteristics of the carriages.
However, air conditioning would also require the permission of the Metrovagonmas, which is carrying out the modernization, as the installation of the equipment has serious warranty implications. However, the Russians did not agree to replace any of the brackets or mount the air conditioner on the roof.
The iho.hu on the other hand, it reported an encouraging development, according to which the Thermo King equipment is already being tested in one of the 6144 motor cars without a driver’s seat at the Kőér Street site of metro line 3. This Combino was also subsequently developed by an air conditioning company for subway cars, but it is not known which air conditioner manufacturers undertook the rather complex task and design.
It is not yet known when the subway car 6144 will be put into passenger traffic – it can be a matter of days or even weeks – but the specialist portal has been informed that the device can reduce the cabin temperature by 5-6 degrees Celsius, in addition it is continuously delivered by UIC. required fresh air supply. It is too early to rejoice, because if we can believe the previous press reports, full air conditioning can be realized by next summer at the earliest, but the current development can be booked as an encouraging first sign.