GERMANY: The first of 26 Coradia Lint 41 diesel multiple-units which Alstom is modernising for Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG is expected to return to service with EVB this month. By December 2019 there will be 15 upgraded DMUs in use on EVB’s Elbe-Weser services and 11 on Nordwestbahn’s Weser-/Lammetalbahn route.

The DMUs have been in service since 2003 and are being modernised at Alstom’s Braunschweig plant under a contract awarded by LNVG earlier this year. This is intended to provide ‘state-of-the-art ambience and contemporary comfort’, according to LNVG President Hans-Joachim Menn, ensuring a further 15 years of service life.

The scope of the modernisation includes upgrades to the control systems to ensure the future availability of spare parts, and fitting wi-fi, LED lighting, CCTV and standard and USB power sockets. The seats and interior panels are being renewed, and the exterior repainted. New door systems include improved lighting and gap bridging, and the multi-purpose areas are gaining a dedicated wheelchair space with intercom and power socket as well as a separate area with bicycle fastening points.

‘The modernised trains offer passengers the same level of comfort as any comparable new Coradia regional train currently produced in Salzgitter’, said Daniel Croonen, Managing Director Services for Alstom in Germany.