The contract begins in December 2017 and ends in December 2029 and covers all non-electrified routes in the Bavarian Allgäu region together with connections to Augsburg and Ulm.
Procurement of the contract was divided into two lots. Lot 1 comprised stopping services connecting Ulm, Augsburg, Pfronten-Steinach and Lindau/Oberstdorf. These services will be operated from the outset by a fleet of 26 new class 633 Link DMUs being supplied by Pesa, Poland, and each three-car set will seat up to 142 passengers.
Lot 2 covers the Augsburg – Oberstdorf/Lindau, Augsburg – Memmingen – Bad Wörishofen and Munich – Memmingen lines. DB Regio will employ a fleet of 29 two-car class 612 tilting DMUs on these services, although this will only be an interim measure on the Munich – Memmingen line as these services will switch to electric traction when electrification is completed in 2020. DB will refurbish the class 612s with an interior refresh and new upholstery.
From December 2020, the Munich – Oberstdorf/Lindau services currently operated by Netinera subsidiary Vogtlandbahn and branded as Alex will also switch to tilting DMUs operated by DB Regio at the same time as electrification of the line from Geltendorf via Memmingen to Lindau. This will release class 612s and enable the introduction of a fundamentally new timetable concept in the Allgäu region.