Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Odeg introduces first Stadler Kiss emu

Written by  Keith Fender
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.
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