Along with the 24 Mireo trains, 15 new, comfortable and energy-saving Desiro HC (double-decker) trains from Siemens Mobility will also operate as a regional express on the Karlsruhe – Offenburg – Freiburg – Basel route. These additions will completely restructure the rail offerings in the Rhine Valley: there will then be a clear distinction between express service between the region’s major cities and a regional or commuter system similar to the S-Bahn, stopping at all stations.
The Mireo has been designed as a scalable articulated train. All technical components are installed either beneath the floor or on the roof, making every centimeter of the interior space available for the passengers’ comfort. The three-car trains have 200 seats and a generous number of multipurpose spaces.
The double-decker Desiro HC is particularly characterized by its already proven reliability and very high availability and is very popular with passengers because of its large capacity and comfort.
Siemens Mobility has designed the Mireo and Desiro HC trains to be especially ecofriendly. The trains weigh approximately 25 percent less thanks to their lightweight construction. The design ensures optimized aerodynamics and energy efficiency for each of the components. Both the Mireo and Desiro HC make optimal use of the energy used and, thanks to modern design principles, achieve a reduction in energy consumption of up to 25 percent compared to vehicles on the market with the same capacity and are also designed to be maintenance-friendly.
Both the Mireo and Desiro HC trains were intensively tested at the Siemens Test and Validation Center in Wegberg-Wildenrath before being commissioned. When the trains are in passenger service, they will collect all data relevant for diagnostics, maintenance and train control and transmit it to the trackside control center. This predictive monitoring will enable the operator to plan maintenance in advance and prevent breakdowns.