BOMBARDIER TALENT 2 Trains Soon Operating in the Leipzig Area

19 November 2010  •  Source: Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation will supply another 51 BOMBARDIER TALENT 2 trains to Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG). The order value amounts to approximately 200 million euro ($271 million US).

36 new three-car and 15 four-car TALENT 2 suburban trains will enter service beginning December 2013 in and around Leipzig on the “Mitteldeutsche S-Bahn” network.

The trains are comfortably-equipped with air-conditioning, sliding steps at each entry and spacious multi-purpose areas with wheelchair, pram and bicycle access. Seating is generously spaced, not just for first class passengers, and therefore meets regional as well as suburban travel needs. For families with children there are specially-designed seating areas. The trains are also equipped with toilets for disabled passengers. The passenger compartments have integrated monitors that display current travel information. Passenger safety is enhanced through video monitoring and implementation of the latest crash requirements.

Paintwork specially designed for the “Mitteldeutsche S-Bahn” network gives these TALENT 2 trains a completely different appearance to others.

The new order brings the total number of TALENT 2 trains ordered by Deutsche Bahn to 287. At the end of August, DB AG ordered twenty-three five-car trains for service on the Warnow network in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and a total of thirty-seven (34 four-car and three two-car) trains for the Werdenfels railway in Bavaria.

A major feature of the recently developed TALENT 2 Electrical Multiple Unit platform (the 442 series) is its modular concept which includes a high degree of standardisation. The trains can be configured with almost unlimited flexibility and are both cost effective and cost transparent at the same time. The innovative, modular construction principle allows for countless variants on the same train type. The two- to six-car trains can be equipped with a wide variety of technical modules, depending on whether they are to be used as commuter or regional express trains.

A scalable traction output provided by the BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and control system makes these trains particularly energy efficient and easily adaptable to the frequent acceleration and braking requirements in the commuter sector, as well as to the demands of the regional rail network.

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