bielefeld_vamos.jpg"Vamos" is a 34m-long LRV designed specifically to operate on the city's metre-gauge lines. It has as a result adopted numerous innovative technologies and designs which means that despite being only 2.3m-wide and 2.65m-wide above the platform level, the vehicles can still accommodate 230 passengers.
On board the train, the driver's cab and passenger areas are equipped with air-conditioning while 19-inch flat-screen monitors display destination and route map, advertisements and real-time connection options as well as estimated departure times from the next stop.
Innovative technologies were also adopted for the driver's cab. Two ergonomic Kiepe touch-screen driver cab displays are used for all of the operational functions of the vehicle as an open console concept instead of conventional closed operating boards and dashboards.
Bielefeld ordered 16 of the vehicles with an option for an additional 25 in January 2009. The first vehicle will be delivered in June and presented to the public in July before extensive testing takes place. The first Vamos LRVs are scheduled to enter service in the autumn.