Additional Desiro HC ordered for Bavaria

Desiro HC trainsDB Regio Bayern ordered from Siemens Mobility 26 Desiro HC trains which will operate on the Franconia – South Thuringia network from December 2023. The train procurement is funded by BEG which plans, finances and controls the transit transport in Bavaria, together with the State of Thuringia.

18 four-car Desiro HC trains and 8 six-car Desiro HC double-decker electric trainsets will operate the Franconia-South Thuringia network beginning in December 2023. The trains will enter services on RE 20 Nuremberg – Bamberg – Würzburg, RE 42 Nuremberg – Bamberg – Lichtenfels – Saalfeld, RE 49 Nuremberg – Bamberg – Lichtenfels – Coburg – Sonneberg, and RB 25 Bamberg – Kronach.

The six-car Desiro HC double-decker trains will operate as of June 2024 on the line RE 19 Nuremberg – Bamberg – Coburg – Erfurt/Sonneberg. These will travel almost as fast as the ICE trains being specially equipped for use on the Bamberg – Coburg – Erfurt high-speed line. Since that route uses the high-speed Berlin – Munich line, the trains must meet special technical requirements and, for example, will be equipped with the most modern ETCS technology. They will travel a maximum speed of 190 km/h.

The trains will be barrier-free, air conditioned, and have high passenger capacities. The double-decker trains are air conditioned, provide power sockets at each seat, and feature improved passenger comfort. The six-car trains have 634 seats, while the four-car trains can also operate in coupled units on busy sections, thus providing up to 760 seats.

The ordered trains will join 31 new trains of which 25 Desiro HC double-decker trains and six Mireo trains that will enter passenger transport on the Danube-Isar network in December 2024. The four-car Desiro HC trains have 360 seats in 2 nd class and 20 seats in 1 st class. Up to three Desiro HC trains can be coupled for greater flexibility and capacity. The double-decker trains are barrier-free for passengers with limited mobility. At platforms with a standard height of 76 cm, wheelchair users can board and exit the trains without assistance. There is also a doorway lift for wheelchair users to facilitate boarding and exiting at stations with lower platforms.

The six four-car Mireo trains provide 250 seats in 2 nd class and 14 seats in 1 st class. Passengers can see all the way through the train, which makes it easy for passengers to move from car to car. For the convenience of passengers with reduced mobility, all trains are equipped with duplex sliding steps fitting different platform heights, a doorway lift for wheelchair users to ease boarding and exiting at stations with lower platforms. A large number of luggage racks provides generous space for passengers to stow their suitcases and other items. Passenger capacities in the Danube-Isar network will also be expanded when the new trains enter service.

The double-decker trains for both networks will be equipped with multi-purpose seatless areas equipped with innovative bicycle supports that enable cyclists to transport their bikes comfortably and safely.

DB Regio Bayern and Siemens Mobility will deploy a new train fleet of 57 trains in Bavaria providing additional capacity. All the ordered trains feature high-frequency windowpanes to significantly improve cellphone reception, modern real-time passenger information and free WiFi service on the trains.


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