DB Regio has ordered 25 Coradia Continental EMUs from Alstom for its Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate rail network.
Worth around €150 million, the order is part of a framework contract agreed in 2011 for up to 400 trains.
The trains will be manufactured in Salzgitter and operate on the Saar electrical network on the Schweich – Trier – Saarbrücken – Kaiserslautern line from December 2019 and the Trier Hafenstraße – Konz – Saarburg line from December 2020.
The four-car Coradia Continental trains are fitted with up to 200 seats and will run at a maximum operating speed of 160 km/h.
Didier Pfleger, vice president of Alstom Germany and Austria, said: “After 53 trains ordered last month by Deutsche Bahn, the total number of Coradia Continental sold within the current frame contract exceeds 100 units, proving the satisfaction of our customer for this train.
“Coradia Continental is a well-proven train for its regional operations, with a track record of 35 million kilometres per year performed by the total fleet in service and an availability rate of 99 per cent customer fleet.”