Talent 2

Bombardier Transportation has agreed to supply 29 TALENT 2 electric multiple units (EMU) to German railway company Deutsche Bahn, in a deal worth €146m.

The contract, which was signed by Bombardier and DB Regio, marks the 13th call-off from a framework agreement concluded in 2007, which is valued at around €1bn.

Of the 29 TALENT 2 EMUs to be supplied, 19 are three-car and the remaining are 10 five-car units.

The new EMUs will enter into service from the autumn of 2016 on routes connecting Halle, Saale and Gaschwitz through the Leipzig City Tunnel to Dessau-Rosslau and Lutherstadt Wittenberg, among other routes, as part of the expansion of the S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland commuter rail network.

"Our successful TALENT 2 trains fulfil Deutsche Bahn’s requirements perfectly in energy and cost-efficiency."

The TALENT 2 train sets feature platform concept that allows for numerous variants of the same train type and can also be equipped with different types of technical modules.

The trains also have closed-circuit video cameras, passenger information monitors displaying connection details in real time and universally accessible toilets.

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Bombardier transportation president and COO Lutz Bertling said: "Our successful TALENT 2 trains fulfil Deutsche Bahn’s requirements perfectly in energy and cost-efficiency, environmental friendliness and passenger comfort. We offer our customers an optimal, market-oriented service."

The EMU trains will be developed and manufactured at Bombardier’s Hennigsdorf site.

Image: DB’s Bombardier TALENT 2 EMU in Germany. Photo: courtesy of Andreas Müller.