DB Regio Bavaria has placed an order for 26 new trains with Siemens Mobility for the Franconia - South Thuringia network, with the first due to enter service from December 2023. 

Eighteen double-deck four-car Desiro HC EMUs with seating for 380 passengers will enter traffic first on the RE 20 Nuremberg - Bamberg - Würzburg, RE 42 Nuremberg - Bamberg - Lichtenfels - Saaleld, RE 49 Nuremberg - Bamberg - Lichtenfels - Coburg - Sonneberg and RB 25 Bamberg - Kronach routes. 

Siemens will also deliver eight 190km/h six-car EMUs with capacity for 634 passengers that will begin operating from June 2024 on the RE 19 Nuremberg - Bamberg - Coburg - Erfurt/Sonneberg route, which includes running on the Berlin - Munich high-speed line. These trains will also be fitted with ETCS and will be pressure-tight to allow them to pass through tunnels on the high-speed line.  

This contract, confirmed on November 17, takes the number of trains ordered by DB Regio Bavaria from Siemens Mobility this year to 57.  

“Attractive trains and service offers for our customers are a prerequisite for generating more uptake of the climate-friendly railway,” says Mr Hansrüdiger Fritz, DB Regio Bavaria CEO regional management.  

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