The trains, which seat 120 passengers, will operate on the Wetterau West-East network from 2022.

The DMUs are equipped for passengers with limited mobility, with two multi-purpose areas for wheelchairs, prams and bicycles as well as barrier-free universal toilets.

They are also equipped with Wi-Fi, power outlets, a passenger information system and CCTV.

The trains are the first Coradia Lint 41 to be equipped with diesel engines meeting the new European Stage V emission standard. Voith agreed a contract to supply its diesel-mechanical RailPack 400DM power packs for use with Lint DMUs over the next five years in September 2019. The trains will be manufactured in Salzgitter, Germany.

The DMUs have a maximum operating speed of 140 km/h, and will operate on the lines:

  • RB46 Gießen - Gelnhausen
  • RB47 Wölfersheim-Södel - Friedberg - Frankfurt
  • RB48 Nidda - Friedberg - Frankfurt, and
  • RB 47 from Wölfersheim-Södel to Hungen if renovation work on the Horlofftal railway is completed.

HLB was re-awarded a 10-year contract by Rhein-Main Transport Association (RMV) to operate Wetterau West-East services in February.

“We have been using Coradia Lint vehicles successfully in our networks for many years,” says HLB Managing Director, Mr Veit Salzmann. “We appreciate the continuity in the cooperation with Alstom and would like to emphasise that we have been supplied punctually and completely in all projects so far. We are convinced that Alstom will succeed in doing the same in the Wetterau region.”

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