Siemens Mobility Improves Passenger Capacity for Alpha Trains with Trainset Upgrades

Siemens Mobility has converted Alpha Trains’ Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH- (ODEG) leased train units from three to four-car trainsets.

Alpha Trains orders regional trains for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Alpha Trains orders regional trains for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

ODEG is leasing the vehicles for use in its Baltic Sea Coast-East network part II, where they are used on the RE9 (Rostock–Stralsund–Binz/Sassnitz) and RE10 (Rostock–Stralsund–Züssow) routes.

Expanding capacity is possible thanks to the Desiro ML’s flexible single-car concept, which enables insertion of an additional unit. By using the entire length of the train for seating, over 90 percent of the vehicle is available to passengers.

With this upgrade, Siemens also completes the approval process to enlarge the capacity for Alpha Trains Desiro ML trains for the first time at European level.

According to the specifications of the EU’s Fourth Railway Package, an expansion from three to four-unit trains needs to be approved by the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) with the involvement of the national supervisory authorities.

Shaun Mills, Alpha Trains Group CEO, said:

“As the original launch customer for the Siemens Desiro ML series, we’re particularly proud to be pioneers in the expansion of these trains as well. The combination of our know-how and a wealth of experience enabled us to offer a fast, flexible solution that will add to the satisfaction of customers and passengers alike. With this move we hope to make rail travel more attractive than ever as a sustainable and therefore future-proof means of transport.”

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