Talent 2.

GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn placed a €146m contract for 29 Bombardier Talent 2 electric multiple-units on March 20, the 13th firm order under a €1bn framework agreed in 2007.

The 19 three-car and 10 five-car EMUs are to be manufactured at Bombardier's Hennigsdorf site. They are due to enter service from autumn 2016 on S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland services from Halle and Gaschwitz, running through the Leipzig City-Tunnel to Dessau and Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

Bombardier said the air-conditioned EMUs would offer 'seats with generous spacing and roomy multi-purpose compartments for bicycle transport', as well as a group seating area for up to 14 passengers. They will have in-car CCTV, real-time passenger information displays and an accessible toilet.