Siemens presented the Rhine-Ruhr-Express at Innotrans
On September 18, 2018, Siemens and the special-purpose associations Nahverkehr Rheinland (NVR), Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe (NWL), Schienenpersonennahverkehr Rheinland-Pfalz Nord (SPNV-Nord), the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) and the Nordhessischer Verkehrsverbund (NVV) presented the new Rhine-Ruhr-Express at Innotrans.
Siemens has developed a new design for the RRX fleet based on the successful Desiro platform. The train's concept combines premium features with state-of-the-art technology. Each train consists of four cars; the first and last as end car and driving trailer have one passenger deck, while the two middle cars are double-deckers. Each train has a seating capacity of 400. The trains are designed in a white, grey, black and orange color scheme. The design of the RRX continues into the interior, where generous sight lines and large windows provide a pleasant atmosphere. In addition, the RRX has Wi-Fi access and socket outlets throughout the train, folding tables and reading lights in first-class, as well as advanced information systems and energy-efficient traction units and air-conditioning.
Siemens was commissioned in March 2015 to deliver 82 multiple-unit electric Desiro HC trains and provide their maintenance for a period of 32 years. The order has a total volume of over €1.7 billion.
In the picture from left to right: Heiko Sedlaczek, CEO Verkehrsverband Rhein-Sieg/Nahverkehr Rheinland; Martin Husmann, CEO Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR); Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility GmbH; Joachim Künzel CEO Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe (NWL), and Dr. Thomas Geyer, Association Director Special Purpose Association for regional rail transportation Rhineland-Palatinate North (SPNV-Nord)