DB Regio Bayern orders 31 trainsets from Siemens Mobility
The trainsets, which will operate on the Danube-Isar network in Germany, are expected to be put into passenger service by DB Regio Bayern in 2024.
Credit: Siemens Mobility
Siemens Mobility has announced that it has received an order from DB Regio Bayern for 31 regional trains, which will serve on routes between Munich, Passau and Regensburg. Siemens Mobility will be delivering 25 double-decker Desiro HC trainsets and six single-decker Mireo trainsets, and passenger service with the new trains is planned to begin with the timetable change in December 2024.
“We’re especially pleased that we were able to win the Europe-wide call for tenders from the Bayerischen Eisenbahngesellschaft. The modern trains provided by our partner, Siemens Mobility, are an important contribution for ensuring high-quality operations that attract additional passengers to rail transport,” said Hansrüdiger Fritz, Chairman of the Regional Management at DB Regio Bayern.
“Our Desiro HC and Mireo regional trains stand for enhanced passenger experience and convenience, maximum availability and sustainability. Both train platforms are very popular with passengers and have already significantly improved passenger satisfaction on many routes. We are pleased that we’ve received the order to build 25 Desiro HC trains and six Mireo trains for the Danube-Isar network,” said Albrecht Neumann, CEO of Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility.
The Desiro HC trains are intended for use on the line RE 3 Munich Hbf – Landshut Hbf – Plattling – Passau Hbf and, until the opening of the 2nd S-Bahn main line in Munich, on the RB 33 (Munich Hbf) – Freising – Moosburg – Landshut Hbf. The Mireo trains will be used on the airport express RE 22 Munich Airport Terminal – Landshut Hbf – Regensburg Hbf. After commissioning of the 2nd line, the vehicles of the RB 33 will be used for increased frequency in rush-hour traffic between Munich and Regensburg or Plattling.
DB Regio has opted for four-car Desiro HCs from Siemens. They offer 350 seats in 2nd class and 20 seats in 1st class. For greater flexibility and extra space, up to three Desiro HCs can be coupled and operated as a single unit.
The four-car Mireo provides 250 seats in 2nd class and 14 seats in 1st class. On platforms with a standard height of 76 cm, wheelchair users can get on and off without assistance. A multi-purpose area is located at each car entrance and the trains are barrier-free for passengers with reduced mobility. In addition, a power lift is on board to assist wheelchair users in entering and exiting at stations with low platforms.
A real-time passenger information system (PIS) provides current arrival and departure times, as well as connection options at each stop. The trains are fitted with special high-frequency windowpanes developed by Siemens Mobility that significantly improve cellphone reception. Passengers can also look forward to free WLAN service on the trains, curtesy of the Free State of Bavaria.