GERMAN Railway confirmed on May 28 that it had ordered a further build of Class ET423 EMUs for S-Bahn operations in various cities. The batch of 60 four-car articulated trainsets will bring the total fleet ordered to 456 sets, of which over 300 have already been delivered. Deliveries of the latest batch are expected to begin in May 2004.

Valued at €210m, the order has been split between Bombardier Transportation and Alstom LHB GmbH. As consortium leader, Bombardier will supply the traction equipment from its Mannheim plant and bogies from Siegen, and will assemble and fit out the trains at Hennigsdorf. Car bodies will be fabricated by Alstom at Salzgitter. Bombardier’s share of the contract is valued at €139m and Alstom’s at €71m.