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January 12, 2011

DB orders first double-deck intercity trains

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GERMAN RAIL (DB) has awarded Bombardier a contract worth around Euros 362 million to supply 27 5.6MW Class 146.2 electric locomotives and 137 double-deck coaches, the first long-distance double-deck vehicles to be procured by DB.

Each set will comprise a locomotive, one first-class coach, three intermediate second class vehicles and a second class driving trailer, accommodating a total of 469 passengers, 70 of them in first class.

Electrical sockets will be provided at each seat and the vehicles will be equipped with wireless repeaters to provide better reception for mobile phones. DB says the seat pitch will offer legroom at least equivalent to that found on existing ICE trains, and for the first time a designated space will be provided for up to 10 bicycles.

db-dd2.jpgThe trains will enter service from late-2013 and will be the first inter-city double-deck vehicles in the DB fleet, although DB Regio already operates a fleet of around 2000 Bombardier double-deck coaches. The coaches will be assembled at Bombardier's Görlitz plant in eastern Germany, with Siegen supplying the bogies. The locomotives will be assembled in Kassel.

The coaches are part of a framework deal signed in December 2008, while the locomotives are being produced under a framework deal signed in 2000.

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