posted on 29th Apr 2015 20:34
In 2014 České dráhy ordered ten five-car and four three-car RegioPanter EMUs fitted with passenger accommodation designed for middle and long distance journeys. At a presentation event in Škoda Vagonka's Ostrava works on 29 April 2015 ČD and Škoda announced that the trains (see first photo) would be brand-named InterPanter. The second photo, taken at this event, shows, from right to left, Michal Kurtinec, general director of Škoda Vagonka, Tomáš Ignačák, general director of Škoda Transportation, Michal Štěpán, the ČD board of directors member responsible for passenger services, and Lubomíra Černá, Škoda Transportation's spokesperson.
The first cars of the first five-car EMU are currently nearing completion. The five-car trains are to be designated Class 661, and the three-car ones, Class 660. The other photos show the interior, both first and second class saloons of the train, during fitting-out, while the final photo shows the other end car of 661 001.