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Qatar unveils new vehicle designs

Artist’s impression of the catenary-free Alstom Lusail tramway rolling stock — Qatar Rail

On 17 April the designs for the planned Doha metro and Lusail tram cars were unveiled by promoter Qatar Railways Company, combining Qatari heritage and culture with modern technology.

The metro trainsets are branded Al Faras, after the much-prized Arabian horse breed: 75 three-car sets are on order from Kinki Sharyo in Japan, in a consortium led by Mitsubishi. Each train will have two standard-class cars, and one car split between Gold class and Family class. Almost 100km (62 miles) out of 111km (69 miles) of tunneling for the four-line 164km (102-mile) metro have been completed, and the system is expected to start carrying passengers in late 2019/early 2020.

The Lusail trams are branded Al Mehmel, inspired by the traditional dhow used for pearl fishing in the Gulf. The 33km (20.5-mile) system is being built by an Alstom-led consortium, and 28 32m Citadis 100% low-floor cars will be operated, using the APS surface power supply system already in use in Dubai. With 35% of construction completed, the first phase is expected to open in 2020. Thales is supplying telecommunications, security and fare collection systems.

Thales is also responsible for signalling, communications, operational control and fare collection systems on the metro. The Red line will provide interchange with the Lusail tramway.