Further order from DB Regio Bayern for Siemens Mobility
Siemens Mobility previously received an order from DB Regio Bayern in mid-2020 to deliver 18 four-car and eight six-car electric double-decker Desiro HC trainsets. These trains are planned for service in the Franconian-South Thuringia network. Here, too, the BEG, together with the state of Thuringia, specified barrier-free and air-conditioned new vehicles with high capacities.
Albrecht Neuman, CEO Rolling Stock, Siemens Mobility: “We are building the Desiro HC – an ultra-modern double-decker train that won the German Mobility Award in 2020 – for the Franconian-South Thuringia network. The trains offer improved passenger experience with up to 634 seats, air conditioning, power sockets at the seats and free WLAN. The six-car trains have 634 seats, the four-car trains also run coupled on high-demand sections of the route and thus offer up to 760 seats. The trains also feature an intelligent and predictive train diagnostics system and an advanced passenger information system. Generous lines of sight and large windows ensure a pleasant atmosphere.”
The start of passenger service is planned from December 2023. The trains are intended for use on the lines RE 19 Nuremberg - Bamberg - Coburg - Erfurt/Sonneberg, RE 20 Nuremberg - Bamberg - Würzburg, RE 42 Nuremberg - Bamberg - Lichtenfels - Saalfeld, RE 49 and Nuremberg - Bamberg - Lichtenfels - Coburg and RB 25 Bamberg - Kronach.
The RE 19 Nuremberg - Erfurt/Sonneberg line will run on the VDE 8 high-speed line, for which these six-car trains are equipped with the latest ETCS train control technology. In addition, the trains are pressure-tight for fast journeys in tunnels. With a top speed of 190 km/h, they are among the fastest regional trains operating in Germany.