posted on 29th Jan 2021 16:37
DB Regio Bayern has ordered 31 regional EMUs from Siemens Mobility, which will be used on routes between München, Passau and Regensburg. They will be 25 four-car double-deck Desiro HC and six four-car single-deck Mireo units, scheduled to start passenger service in December 2024.
Hansrüdiger Fritz, Chairman of the Regional Management, DB Regio Bayern, said: „We’re especially pleased that we were able to win the Europe-wide call for tenders from the BEG. The modern trains provided by our partner Siemens Mobility are an important contribution for ensuring high-quality operations that attract additional passengers to rail transport.“
The Desiro HCs are intended for the line RE 3 München Hbf - Landshut Hbf - Plattling - Passau Hbf and until the opening of the 2nd S-Bahn main line in München on the Line RB 33 (München Hbf) - Freising - Moosburg - Landshut Hbf.
The Mireos will be used on the airport express RE 22 München Airport Terminal - Landshut Hbf - Regensburg Hbf. After commissioning of the 2nd main line, the Mireos of the RB 33 will be used for increased frequency in rush-hour traffic between München and Regensburg or Plattling.
For the Donau-Isar network, the BEG has specified barrier-free and air-conditioned new vehicles with a high capacity and made further minimum specifications, e. g. for WLAN and passenger information. At the same time, the BEG supports the financing of the new fleet by granting a debt service guarantee.
DB Regio has opted for four-car Desiro HCs. They offer 350 seats in 2nd class and 20 seats in 1st class. Up to three Desiro HCs can run in multiple. The four-car Mireos provides 250 seats in 2nd class and 14 seats in 1st class.
On platforms with a standard height of 76 cm above rail top, wheelchair users can get on and off without assistance. A multi-purpose area is located at each car entrance and the trains are barrier-free for passengers with reduced mobility. In addition, a power lift is on board to assist wheelchair users in entering and exiting at stations with low platforms.
A real-time passenger information system provides current arrival and departure times as well as connection options at each stop. The trains are fitted with special high-frequency window panes developed by Siemens Mobility that significantly improve cellphone reception. Passengers can also look forward to free WLAN service on the trains, courtesy of the Free State of Bavaria.
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 Desiro HC EMUs. These trains are planned for service in the Franken-Südthüringen-Netz (Franconian-South Thuringia network). Here, too, the BEG, together with the state of Thuringia. The start of passenger service is planned from December 2023.
The trains are intended for use on the Lines RE 19 Nürnberg - Bamberg - Coburg - Erfurt/Sonneberg, RE 20 Nürnberg - Bamberg - Würzburg, RE 42 Nürnberg - Bamberg - Lichtenfels - Saalfeld, RE 49 Nürnberg - Bamberg - Lichtenfels - Coburg and RB 25 Bamberg - Kronach.
The RE 19 Nürnberg - Erfurt/Sonneberg line will run on the VDE 8 high-speed line, for which these six-car trains are equipped with ETCS. 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.