DB Regio orders 18 Kiss double-decker trains
DB Regio, subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, has ordered 18 double-decker trains from Stadler Rail. The Swiss manufacturer will supply the four-car vehicles of the Kiss type in 2022. The entire value of the batch is approximately 220 million Euros.
The Kiss units will run on the commuter routes in the north-eastern part of the Hamburg region. Each train is able to carry up to 880 passengers providing the two-class service. The first class areas are located in the upper level of the cars and have plenty of leg space thanks to the 2+1 arrangement of the seats. The lower level is equipped with spacious and multifunctional areas to transport wheelchairs, bicycles, prams and has wheelchair-accessible toilets.
“We are also very proud to be the first company in the north to use these new Stadler vehicles for DB Regio. This is a very attractive, future-oriented rail offer for our passengers,” said Torsten Reh, Head of DB Regio Nord. The new trains will be supplied by June 2022 when the tests are scheduled to start. DB Regio plans to introduce new double-decker units in December 2022.
DB Regio will use the Kiss double-deckers for the first time. Within Germany, it is the second rail company to operate this type after Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn (ODEG) that serves the regional lines in eastern Germany. ODEG has a fleet of 16 Kiss trains. Besides Germany, the Kiss vehicles are being operated in six other countries since 2011. The largest number of the Kiss trains run in Switzerland: 28 units serve the Bern S-Bahn routes operated by BLS and 24 units serve the regional lines of SBB. Also, this type is used in Austria (Westbahn), Luxembourg, Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.