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June 21, 2011

DB Regio buys 56 dmus from Alstom

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DB REGIO has selected Alstom to supply 56 two and three-car Coradia Lint regional dmus in an order worth Euros 325m. The trains will be operated predominately on non-electrified lines in Greater Cologne and the Eifel Region of Germany from December 2013.

The order is part of efforts by DB Regio Rhineland, a subsidiary of DB Regio, to increase passenger services in the region under instructions from Rhineland Transport Association (NVR), North Rhineland Local Passenger Transport Association (SPNV-Nord), and Westfalen-Lippe Local Transport Association (NWL).
 
The Coradia Lint vehicles, which will be manufactured at Alstom's plant in Salzgitter, are designed for regional and suburban operation and can reach a top operating speed of 140km/h. The two-car trains will have 180 seats, while the three-car version will have 300.
 
DB Regio Rhineland estimates that by using the 56 new units it will achieve around 7.2 million train-km per year. At present 65,000 daily passengers use the dmu services in the region with ridership expected to increase once the new trains are introduced.

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