Siemens Mobility has been completed the first trainset of the new Mireo regional train platform. In the coming months, a total of 8 pre-production trains will be commissioned at the company’s Test and Validation Center (PCW) in Wegberg-Wildenrath. Also at PCW, an extensive test program must be completed before the train enter operation of Germany’s rail network.
In June 2020, the Mireo is scheduled to begin service in the Rhine Valley network in Southwest Germany that is operated by the DB Regio.
“I’m delighted that the innovative and energy-efficient Mireo train concept will be introduced in Baden-Württemberg for the first time in June 2020. This will bring a major improvement in comfort for passengers traveling on the regional Offenburg-Basel route and at the same time be a clear gain for the environment,” said Transport Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Hermann.
DB Regio AG has ordered a total of 24 Mireo trains, the first order Siemens Mobility received for the newly developed platform.
The Mireo will be used for regional service on the Offenburg – Freiburg – Basel/Neuenburg (Switzerland) route during the week and operate in the Kaiserstuhl region from Freiburg to Endingen/Breisach on Sundays.
The Mireo features an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly design based on a self-supporting, welded lightweight aluminum body shell. The train’s improved aerodynamics, energy-efficient components and intelligent electrical system management help save resources and reduce emissions and noise. Overall, energy consumption can be reduced by around 25 percent compared to older trains. The materials used in the Mireo make it possible to recycle 95 percent of the train at the end of its service life.
The three-car trains with a capacity of 220 seats, are equipped with large displays for passenger information, on-board Internet access and security surveillance systems (CCTV) and CO2 air conditioning. The interior has ample space for up to 27 bicycles and passengers with restricted mobility will have barrier-free access to the toilets. All car doors are equipped with a sliding platform that automatically bridges the gap between the platform and train to ease passenger access.