Stadler and DB Regio signed a EUR 220 million contract for the delivery of 18 four-car double-deck Kiss trains which will enter services in 2022 on the East electrical network.
According to the contract, the new vehicles will be tested as of June 2022 to ensure a smooth operational
start when the timetables change in December 2022.
The four-part double-decker trains, which comprise two railcars and two central cars, can transport up to 880 passengers. Each car has 405 seats, of which 367 are second-class seats and 38 first class seats. The first-class areas are located in the upper area of the vehicles offering large space thanks to the 2+1 arrangement of the seats. All vehicles have WiFi, power sockets and CCTV of the passenger areas. A modern passenger information system and electronic reservation system further enhance travel comfort.
The lower level of the double-decker trains has spacious and easily accessible multi-purpose areas for
transporting wheelchairs, prams or up to 36 bicycles, as well as wheelchair-accessible toilets. The trains are accessed without steps as the doors are equipped with a gap bridge and are optimised to a platform height of 76 centimetres. There are 8 entrances along the 106 m long vehicle to facilitate speedy and smooth passenger changes at the stations.
Thanks to four driven bogies, the vehicles have impressive driving dynamics with a top speed of 160 km/h.
Up to three railcars can be connected to each other to allow up to 2,640 passengers to be transported per
The new trains will be equipped with Stadler’s own new train control system, Guardia, marking a further important milestone for the manufacturer in its efforts to expand its signalling business. The train control system will be retrofitted when the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt is expanded.
With this order, DB Regio is using Stadler trains in seven federal states, although the Kiss trains are being used for the first time in Germany.