posted on 14th Feb 2020 12:12
On 14 January 2020 Siemens Mobility announced that DB Regio Nordost has ordered 18 three-car Mireo EMUs for service on the "Netz Lausitz" regional network in the Brandenburg and Sachsen states following the contract awarded on 17 December 2019 by Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) on behalf of the State of Brandenburg and by Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig (ZVNL). The "Netz Lausitz" contract is for 13 years, starting in December 2022, and covers 4.6 million train-km annually.
The new 160 km/h Mireos with 180 seats will be equipped with WLAN, charging stations for e-bikes, power sockets with integrated USB charging ports, inductive charging at the tables with vis-à-vis seating, and first class sections. The new Mireo EMUs will cover 4.3 million train-km a year and will operate on the following lines:
- RB11 Frankfurt (Oder) – Cottbus – Finsterwalde – Falkenberg (Elster).
- RB49 Cottbus – Ruhland – Elsterwerda-Biehla – Falkenberg (Elster),
- RE10 Frankfurt (Oder) – Cottbus – Falkenberg (Elster) – Eilenburg – Leipzig Hbf,
- RE10V Cottbus – Leipzig Hbf,
- RE13 Cottbus – Senftenberg – Elsterwerda.
They will be built at Siemens Krefeld works, and their delivery is scheduled to start in autumn 2022. Commissioning of the trains will take place between October 2021 and November 2022, and passenger service is scheduled to begin in late 2022. With this contract, the number of Mireos on order will increase to almost 180.