Since 2013, almost half of the approximately 2,100 vehicles of the national railway company, MÁV-START, have been renewed or upgraded.
In 2021, a total of 57 passenger coaches, 28 motor coaches and 44 locomotives of MÁV-START were refurbished. In 2022, the renovation work will continue; some 60 passenger coaches are scheduled for upgrades, 22 FLIRT train sets will be consolidated, and plans are underway for the renewal of Bzx and Russian motor trains.
The passenger compartments of IC coaches on the national main lines and international services have been upgraded with power sockets and USB ports, and domestic InterCity coaches have received new power supply equipment.
The DWA and DVJ coaches used in international traffic have already been given a new exterior design, which will be implemented this year for domestic coaches.
The Halberstadt wagons used for domestic long-distance and regional services in the Transdanubian region have been fitted with disc brakes for quiet braking; the passenger compartments have also been refurbished and a push-button door control system installed for safe boarding and alighting.
The CAF couchette and sleeper coaches for international services have been upgraded with a new passenger compartment, built-in sockets for charging mobile devices and USB ports; the CAF seated coaches have undergone a complete overhaul as well.
In addition to the passenger car upgrades, the standardization of the FLIRT motor trains continued last year, with a further 22 motor trains receiving the new uniform design. Thanks to this upgrade, the 60 FLIRT trains will have the same technical standard as the newer blue and white trains of the same type, but with more modern components. The refurbishment of the other FLIRTs should be completed by the end of 2022, while the exterior refurbishment of the trains should be completed by the end of 2023.