GERMANY: Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn has awarded Alstom a €45m contract to supply eight Coradia Lint diesel multiple-units for use on Netzes Elbe-Spree regional passenger services from December 2022.
Announcing the order on June 20, Alstom said the 140 km/h DMUs would be its first with a powerpack complying with EU Stage V emissions regulations, with the ‘novel’ engine management system enabling the three 400 kW engines to be switched off individually.
‘Parallel to the development of new emission-free technologies, we are also consistently developing the proven diesel technology in an environmentally-friendly manner’, said Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director of Alstom in Germany & Austria. He said the DMUs for ODEG would be ‘the most environmentally friendly diesel trains in the world’.
The two-car units will have 140 seats, space for 12 bicycles or six pushchairs, wheelchair spaces and an accessible toilet. The door height will be tailored to the routes they will be used on. Other facilities will include wi-fi, at-seat power sockets, luggage racks, tables at the face-to-face seats and large real-time information displays.
Berlin-Brandenburg transport authority VBB has awarded four contracts for the operation of the Elbe-Spree regional services for 12 years from December 2022, with the ODEG joint venture of Netinera and BeNEX winning lots 1 and 4 and DB Regio Nordost being awarded lots 2 and 3.
As well as the eight Alstom Coradia Lint DMUs, ODEG is to use 21 six-car and two four-car Siemens Desiro HC partly double-deck EMUs which it ordered in March at cost of €300m, and 16 refurbished Stadler Kiss double-deck EMUs.