DB Regio and Alstom signed a contract for the delivery of for 29 Coradia Stream HC double-deck EMUs which will enter service starting December 2025.
The high-capacity EMUs feature four-seat groups with large tables in first class and small wall-mounted tables in second class providing power sockets at seats and free WLAN. They are offering a high level of passenger comfort. The double-deck EMU is designed to provide barrier-free access to all doors at most stations. This is possible thanks to the uniform boarding height of 600 millimetres. The train also offers 30 bicycle parking spaces, an asset for leisure riders and bicycle commuters.
“The new electric double-deck multiple-unit trains accelerate faster. This allows for a tighter interval, reducing travel time on the RE50 between Frankfurt and Fulda by an average of 8 minutes. In the future, the RE50 will even run to Bebra every hour during rush hour,” Maik Dreser, Chairman of the Regional Management DB Regio Mitte said.
The Coradia Stream HC electric double-deck multiple units will provide more than 1,080 seats on the rail routes between Frankfurt and Eastern Hesse at peak times, and 840 seats during normal hours compared to the previous 720, Knut Ringat, the Managing Director of Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) said.
The new trains will operate the RE50 (Frankfurt – Fulda – Bebra) and RB51 (Frankfurt – Wächtersbach) lines in Hesse region. From December 2025 they will enter service in Kinzigtal and “between Frankfurt, Central Hesse and Kassel even a year earlier,” the Managing Director of RMV explains.
In January 2022, DB Regio also ordered from Alstom 17 high-capacity Coradia Stream electric multiple units for the Main-Weser rail subnetwork.
DB Regio will continue to operate the RE50 and RB51 lines beyond the timetable change planned for December 14th, 2025, following a call for tenders by Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund and Nordhessischer Verkehrsverbund. Alstom will produce the trains for the Kinzig Valley Railway in Salzgitter.