GERMAN Rail (DB) subsidiary DB Regio has awarded Alstom a contract for 29 160km/h double-deck Coradia Stream EMUs which will operate on the RE50 Frankfurt - Fulda - Bebra and RB51 Frankfurt - Wächtersbach routes from December 2025.

The contract follows the award by Rhine-Main Transport Authority (RMV) and North Hessen Transport Association (NVV) to DB Regio in February to continue operating the two routes following the December 2025 timetable change.

Alstom will manufacture 23 four-car, one five-car and five six-car trains, with delivery due to commence in the second half of 2025. The trains will be built in Salzgitter, Germany.

The trains will feature four-seat groups with large tables in first class and small wall-mounted tables in second class. Power sockets will be fitted at seats and there will be free Wi-Fi. The train is also designed to provide barrier-free access to all doors at most stations through a uniform boarding height of 600mm. There are also 30 bicycle spaces.

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