Chemnitz orders electro-diesel tram-trains
GERMANY: Vossloh has won an order to supply eight electro-diesel tram-trains for the network under development around Chemnitz, with an option for two more. Delivery is planned for 2014.
The €42·3m contract was signed by transport authority Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen on August 14, with funding from the Land of Sachsen and the European Regional Development Fund.
The wheelchair-accessible CityLink tram-trains will 37 m long, with 94 seats and a top speed of 100 km/h. Vossloh Kiepe will be responsible for the traction and control equipment and air-conditioning, while Vossloh Rail Vehicles will provide body shells, bogies and interior fittings.
The tram-trains will operate from the existing network's 600 V and 750 V DC overhead electrification, changing to diesel to reach Burgstädt, Mittweida and Hainichen along regional railway lines.
These three routes form the first stage of a five-phase programme to develop a 226 km network of light rail services by 2020.