Germany: DB Regio Orders High-Capacity EMUs from Alstom

Alstom has received an order to supply 18 modern Coradia Max electric multiple-unit (EMU) trains to DB Regio AG.

This delivery will include nine three-car and nine five-car trains to operate on the regional express line RE1 between Hamburg and Rostock from December 2027.

Once the line between Bad Kleinen and Lübeck has been electrified and a connecting curve has been constructed, these vehicles will also run as far as Lübeck.

The envisioned exterior of the new trains
The envisioned exterior of the new trains
Müslüm Yakisan, President of Alstom Region DACH said:

“The mobility turnaround in the north is picking up speed. With our new double-decker trains, we are helping DB Regio to expand its passenger services in the states of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in a sustainable and modern way. The Coradia Max scores highly in terms of capacity and comfort, providing the best arguments for more green mobility by rail. Passengers in northern Germany can look forward to reliable, spacious, and barrier-free trains.”

Compared to the vehicles that currently operate in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, the new trains will increase passenger seating by up to 50 percent at peak times.

Interior of the new Coradia Max trains
Interior of the new Coradia Max trains

The EMUs will have a maximum authorised speed of 160 km/h and will be equipped for the European Train Control System (ETCS).

By offering two different access heights, the new trains will also provide ramp-free access at almost all stations on the RE1, RE2 and RE4 lines.

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