by Keri Allan
30 Sep 2021
Suppliers Siemens Mobility
Siemens Mobility has received an order to build 23 four-car Mireo trainsets for rail operator agilis Eisenbahngesellschaft, a subsidiary of BeNEX.
The Mireo is a scalable articulated trainset whose weight has been substantially reduced by various design measures, such as bogies with inside bearings.
Significantly improved aerodynamics compared to previous models considerably reduce the train’s energy consumption. The new Mireo variant is particularly powerful, enabling it to accelerate faster. The train has a top speed of 160 km/h.
The trainsets will be delivered to agilis in 2024, for use on the Regensburg/Danube Valley rail network, and are scheduled to enter passenger service in December that year.
The Bavarian Railways Company (BEG), which plans, finances and controls regional and commuter rail operations for the state of Bavaria, had called for bids for new trains for parts of its network. The Mireo trains will serve on the new RE Line 50 (Nuremberg – Regensburg – Plattling) and the RB Line 51 (Neumarkt – Regensburg – Plattling).
“We're delighted that we’ve been commissioned to deliver the new trainsets for the Regensburg/Danube Valley network. We’ve already sold over 240 trainsets from our successful Mireo series. The train impresses operators and passengers alike with its improved passenger comfort, reliability, and energy efficiency.
“We have developed a new, particularly powerful variant of the Mireo especially for the Regensburg/Danube Valley network. The train is equipped with two additional drive axles that enables faster acceleration.”
The new Mireo trainsets have 216 seats and provide improved passenger comfort through spacious design. Each entrance has a multipurpose area that’s not restricted by folding seats, and all trains are barrier-free for passengers with limited mobility.
In addition, a lift is available for wheelchair users to ease entries and exits at stations with lower platforms.
A real-time passenger information system displays updated arrival and departure times as well as connection options for the respective stations, and the trains will also have special high-frequency window panes developed by Siemens Mobility that significantly improve on-board mobile phone reception. A free WLAN service will also be available throughout the train.
The trainsets will be built at Siemens Mobility’s plant in Krefeld.
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