posted on 22nd Jul 2019 13:05
Deutsche Bahn today announced that it has signed a contract with the Austrian operator WESTbahn to purchase its 17 KISS double deck EMUs. DB will receive the first trains already this December and will use them in the Intercity 2 category on the new Dresden - Berlin - Oranienburg - Rostock line as soon as the required tests and staff training are completed.
This has confirmed the long-running rumors about the sale of these trains to DB (an interest have been shown also by ÖBB). WESTbahn has today also informed with which vehicles it wants to operate its services in the future, as only unverified information on the acquisition of new EMUs from China has appeared so far.
WESTbahn will sell its KISSes to DB in two tranches: the first one will include a KISS 2 batch from 2017, ordering simultaneously 15 new, six-car KISS 3 EMUs at Stadler, which will have more seating capacity. Only after their delivery, the remaining KISS 1 units will be handed over to the DB. In connection with this fleet reduction, WESTbahn will also restricts its services to/from Wien's main station, and will serve only Wien Westbahnhof.