Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Odeg introduces first Stadler Kiss emu

Written by  Keith Fender
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Odeg introduces first Stadler Kiss emu Quintus Vosman

EAST German Railway Company (Odeg) introduced the first of 16 Stadler Kiss class 445 double-deck emus on regional express services on the Rathenow - Jüterbog line on January 8. This follows the approval for the first four trains by Germany's Federal Railway Authority (EBA) on December 21 and subsequent approval of a fifth train.

Odeg was due to take over operation of Berlin-Brandenburg routes on the Rathenow - Jüterbog and Cottbus - Wismar lines on December 9 but production delays meant that the new trains were not completed in time. EBA approval was also delayed and according to statements by Stadler and Odeg this was caused by a change in EBA standards after the design was finalised and manufacturing was underway.

Odeg anticipated the problem and announced in October that it would sub-contract operation of Rathenow - Jüterbog services to DB Regio potentially until April 2013. DB Regio is using 10 class 114 locomotives plus four-coach sets of air-conditioned double-deck coaches. With these trains unable to match the timings and performance of class 445 trains, Rathenow - Jüterbog services are for the time being not stopping at Breddin and Brand.

EAST German Railway Company (Odeg) introduced the first of 16 Stadler Kiss class 445 double-deck emus on regional express services on the Rathenow - Jüterbog line on January 8. This follows the approval for the first four trains by Germany’s Federal Railway Authority (EBA) on December 21 and subsequent approval of a fifth train.

Odeg was due to take over operation of Berlin-Brandenburg routes on the Rathenow - Jüterbog and Cottbus - Wismar lines on  December 9 but production delays meant that the new trains were not completed in time. EBA approval was also delayed and according to statements by Stadler and Odeg this was caused by a change in EBA standards after the design was finalised and manufacturing was underway.

Odeg anticipated the problem and announced in October that it would sub-contract operation of Rathenow - Jüterbog services to DB Regio potentially until April 2013. DB Regio is using 10 class 114 locomotives plus four-coach sets of air-conditioned double-deck coaches. With these trains unable to match the timings and performance of class 445 trains, Rathenow - Jüterbog services are for the time being not stopping at Breddin and Brand.