Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn train.

GERMANY: Transport authority VBB confirmed Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn Betriebsgesellschaft mbH as the winner of two contracts for the operation of Netz Ostbrandenburg passenger services east of Berlin on February 12.

Contract 1 starts in December 2014, and covers the operation of 2·16 million train-km/year using Regio-Shuttle RS1 diesel railcars.

Contract 2 starts a year later in December 2015, and covers 2·70 million train-km/year using Talent 1 and Pesa Link diesel multiple-units. Both contracts end at the same time in December 2024.

Final award of the contracts had been delayed by three months while a losing bidder submitted an unsuccessful challeng

Netz Ostbrandenburg operating contracts
ServiceRouteCurrent operator
Contract 1
RB35 Fürstenwalde (Spree) - Bad SaarowODEG
RB36 (Berlin -) Königs Wusterhausen - Beeskow - Frankfurt (Oder)ODEG
RB60 Eberswalde - Frankfurt (Oder)ODEG
RB61 (Prenzlau -) Angermünde - SchwedtDB Regio
RB63 Eberswalde - JoachimsthalODEG
Contract 2
RB12Berlin - TemplinDB Regio
RB25Berlin - WerneuchenODEG
RB26Berlin - Küstrin-Kiez - (Kostrzyn)NEB
RB54Berlin - Löwenberg - RheinsbergDB Regio