DANISH State Railways (DSB) has announced that it will increase an order for eight sets of new Talgo 230 coaches by more than 10%.

The new coaches will increase the capacity of each train from 442 seats under the initial order placed in February 2020 to 492.

The trains will operate 200km/h electric locomotive-hauled services on the cross-border Copenhagen - Hamburg route from 2023. DSB is set to deploy new dual voltage Siemens Vectron locomotives at each end of the trains and confirmed in November 2019 that it will purchase eight additional units.

DSB says it is expanding the capacity of the trains due to encouraging ticket sales on the route before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. “With the investment, DSB gives Danes an increased opportunity to choose an environmentally friendly journey,” says Mr Flemming Jensen, DSB director. “DSB will have a greater capacity to support an expected future demand for sustainable train travel abroad when the corona settles down and people start travelling again.”

DSB retains the options from the original contract to order additional coaches either as entire train consists or individual vehicles. The coaches are similar to the Talgo 230 inter-city coaches purchased by German Rail (DB) in February 2019.

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