Rhineland Transport association (NRV), Rheinland-Pfalz Nord (SPNV-Nord) and Rheinland-Pfalz Süd (SPNV Süd) signed an agreement with Alpha Trains and rail operator TransRegio Deutsche Regionalbahn (TransRegio) to purchase 6 new Mireo trains from Siemens Mobility.
They will enter services beginning with the timetable change in December 2020, on the highly frequented stretch of the Mittelrheinbahn (RB 26) between Cologne and Remagen. Currently, 17 Desiro Mainline trainsets serve on the Cologne Messe – Deutz – Koblenz – Mainz route. The new Mireo trainsets will be used in the future primarily on the RB 26 stretch of the route between Mainz and Bingen.
TransRegio, a subsidiary of the Transdev Group, has been using trains provided by Alpha Trains for the Mittelrheinbahn since December 2008.
“As a result, existing trains will be freed up and we’ll be able to serve the highly frequented route between Cologne and Remagen with triple-unit Desiro Mainline trains. This is equivalent to a 50-percent capacity increase on this stretch and will be a huge improvement for our passengers,” NVR Managing Director Heiko Sedlaczek, said.
The construction of the new trains is scheduled to begin at the end of 2019 at the Siemens Mobility factory in Krefeld, Germany.
“We’re providing our customer a train in record time. This is possible due to the high flexibility of the Mireo platform. As a scalable articulated train featuring bogies with inside bearings, the Mireo is especially energy efficient. This increases value sustainable over the train’s entire lifecycle,” said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility.