New Coradia Lint trains for Bavarian Oberland
Alstom has been awarded a contract for supplying 25 Coradia Lint regional trains by German private railway operator Bayerische Oberlandbahn (BOB). The diesel two-car units will be manufactured at Alstom’s production site in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, and will be delivered to the customer beginning summer 2020.
The ordered trainsets will run in Bavarian Oberland, the mountainous part of Upper Bavaria region, serving the Munich–Holzkirchen-Lenggries/Tegernsee/Bayrischzell routes. “We are pleased that our proven Coradia Lint will contribute to higher reliability and increased travelling comfort in the Bavarian Oberland. The region’s passengers can look forward to travelling in modern, quiet trains with high accessibility”, managing director of Alstom in Germany and Austria Jörg Nikutta noted.
The Coradia Lint sets will replace BOB’s 17 Integral five-car trains. The operator owned by Transdev Germany has been using this type of rolling stock made by Integral Verkehrstechnik company (Austria) since 1998. Bayerische Oberlandbahn removed them from the daily run in 2000-2001 due to some technical problems with Integral units at the initial stage. The trainsets were reintroduced to the schedule after upgrading.
Besides Coradia Lint and Integral units, Bayerische Oberlandbahn also operates 9 Bombardier Talent and 35 Stadler Flirt trains. The BOB’s entire fleet is diesel operated due to the non-electrified network. “We hope a decision will soon be taken for the electrification of the Oberland”, the company’s chairman of the management board Fabian Amini said.