Deutsche Bahn has unveiled the first of the 17 refurbished Stadler Kiss double-deck EMU at Berlin Hauptbahnhof.
The first nine Kiss EMUs will enter operation on the Rostock–Berlin–Dresden route starting March 8.
“The latest addition to the fleet enables a two-hour frequency between Rostock, Berlin and Dresden. With new trains and new offers, we are making our contribution to climate protection and the mobility transition in Germany step-by-step’,” said Berthold Huber, DB Board Member for Passenger Transport.
The four-car intercity trains have a capacity of 300 seats and are able to run at speeds of up to 200 km/h. They are equipped with Wi-Fi, electronic reservations, modern passenger information systems, special spaces for luggage and for eight bicycles. They are also adapted to passenger with reduced mobility, providing wheelchair spaces and adapted toilet. A signage system in Braille also facilitates orientation. Drinks and snacks will be available in two travel cafés.
The 17 Stadler Kiss EMUs are purchased from the Austrian operator Westbahn. The trains will consist of consist of four or six cars with over 300 or 500 seats, depending on the demand. The procurement of the trains is part of DB’s rolling stock renewal programme which will see a EUR 12 billion investment, of which EUR 8.5 billion for long-distance trains.
The Rostock–Berlin–Dresden long distance service is part of the ‘Strong Rail’ strategy which will attract more and more passenger to railway transport. The goal is to double the number of long-distance travelers to 260 million passengers per year.