Alstom to provideDB Regio with 18 modern Coradia Max trains

The new Coradia Max train Alstom press release

Alstom has received an order to provide DB Regio AG with 18 modern Coradia Max electric multiple-unit trains. This order, consisting of 9 three-car and 9 five-car trains, is part of the ongoing effort to enhance passenger services in the northern German states of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

These contemporary trains will initially be placed in service on the regional express line RE1, connecting Hamburg and Rostock in the Baltic Sea-Alster sub-network (OSTA). The commencement of their operations is scheduled for the timetable change in December 2027. Once the line between Bad Kleinen and Lübeck is electrified, along with the construction of a connecting curve, the trains will extend their service to Lübeck.

The deployment of these Coradia Max trains aligns with broader initiatives to support mobility improvements in the north. Carsten Moll, Chairman of DB Regio Northeast, expressed enthusiasm about the new vehicles, highlighting their significance for the Hanse-Express, a crucial transportation link for commuters and day trippers between Rostock, Schwerin, and Hamburg.

These environmentally friendly trains, suitable for everyday use, will connect the northern German regions and the Hamburg metropolitan region. The vehicles, manufactured at the Alstom site in Salzgitter, have a maximum speed of 160 km/h and are equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS) ex-works.

Interior of the new Coradia Max trains – Non-contractual design for illustration purposes (©Alstom Advanced & Creative Design)
Interior of the new Coradia Max trains – Non-contractual design for illustration purposes (Photo: Alstom Advanced & Creative Design)

Improved passenger experience

The new trains will feature a mix of single and double-decker carriages, optimising capacity, flexibility, and accessibility. Compared to existing vehicles in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, the Coradia Max trains offer up to 50 per cent more seating capacity between Büchen and Hamburg during peak times. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the three-car multiple-unit train will provide 265 seats, while the five-car multiple-unit train with two additional double-decker centre cars will offer a total of 462 seats.

Daniel Bischof, Managing Director of VMV-Verkehrsgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern mbH, emphasised the positive impact of the new trains on passenger experience: “With additional frequencies and new routes, we are enhancing environmentally friendly mobility that is suitable for everyday use and connects the northern German regions and the Hamburg metropolitan region.”

The Coradia Max trains will not only improve passenger comfort with features such as additional passenger information and lounge areas but also provide ramp-free access for travellers with reduced mobility at almost all stations on the RE1, RE2, and RE4 lines. The wide carriage profile on the upper floor contributes to a generous feeling of space and freedom of movement, complemented by free Wi-Fi and specially treated windows ensuring better mobile phone reception during travel.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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