“Rethinking mobility” was the slogan at Innotrans in September, when Siemens launched their new Mireo trainset. And now passengers in the Rhine Valley will be the first to see what this thinking looking likes, with DB Region AG being the first to order trainsets from the range. The Mireo employs a modular architecture with a limited range of core components such as traction equipment, which includes a newly-designed transformer and inside-frame bogies. This gives regional and suburban operators almost complete flexibility to tailor the interior of the train to their specific requirements. Beginning in 2020, DB Regio AG will operate its Rhine Valley rail network in southwest Germany exclusively these new trains. The mass transit arm of Deutsche Bahn has ordered 39 trainsets in total - 24 Mireos plus 15 Desiro HC trains.
"Following the product launch, we very quickly succeeded in entering the market with our new Mireo train platform. The Mireo combines economy with sustainability and offers optimal flexibility over its entire lifecycle," said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens' high-speed trains, regional trains and locomotives business.
The Mireo is conceived as a scalable articulated train. With the help of its new aerodynamic design and quiet bogies, noise is substantially reduced. The train's lightweight construction, energy-efficient components and intelligent board network management system reduce energy consumption by 25 percent compared to previous trains. The three-car trains have 220 seats.
The Mireo will operate as a regional train (RB) along the Offenburg – Freiburg – Basel/Neuenburg (Switzerland) route as well as in the Kaiserstuhl area on Sundays between Freiburg and Endingen/Breisach. The train service in the Rhine Valley will be restructured. When completed, there will be a clear separation between fast cross-regional trains running between the major cities, and a regional suburban rail system (S-Bahn) with stops at all local stations. At the same time, the number of trains operating in the region will be substantially expanded. The new trains have been ordered to meet these special requirements.
Meanwhile, the Desiro HC will operate as a regional express on the Karlsruhe – Offenburg – Freiburg – Basel route. Each train will consist of four cars, of which the first and last cars – the end cars – will have a single-deck design and the middle two cars will be double-deckers. Over 50 percent of the interior space is barrier-free, completely without steps in the two single-deck end cars and equipped to meet the needs of mobility-impaired passengers. With the double-decker middle cars, the trains are only 105 meters long yet offer 410 seats and spacious legroom. Both regional train types are designed to have top speeds of 160 km/h.
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