AUSTRIAN Federal Railways (ÖBB) has ordered 21 Cityjet EMUs from Siemens. The latest deal involves three-car Desiro ML units for S-Bahn services in eastern Austria.

They will operate on the busy Vienna Meidling - Florisdorf corridor, as well as branch lines in Lower Austria. The first trains are expected to enter service in 2026. The 75m-long units will have a maximum speed of 160km/h, with seating capacity for around 220 passengers.

ÖBB is currently investing €4.7bn in the modernisation of its rolling stock fleet. The latest contract with Siemens brings the total of Desiro ML units ordered to 294, with 236 already in service. Recent orders include 41 trains under two contracts awarded in 2021 and 27 in 2023.

Last year ÖBB signed a new €5bn-plus framework deal with Siemens for up to 540 single-deck EMUs, based on the manufacturer’s Mireo platform, and called off the first 70 trains.

It also confirmed a €600m order with Stadler for 35 double-deck trains under an existing framework contract. And it awarded the Swiss supplier a €1.3bn framework contract for up to 120 battery trains, calling off the first 16 trains from this order.

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