German rail operator Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG) has received its first modernised regional train on schedule from Alstom.
The Type Coradia Lint 41 train will start operating in the Elbe-Weser network of Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser (evb) from next month.
Both companies previously signed an agreement under which Alstom will modernise 26 diesel trains until the end of 2019.
LNVG president Hans-Joachim Menn said: “The modernisation activities are decisive for the longevity of a rail vehicle and they represent sustainability.
“This means that the vehicles of our fleet are operable with high quality for an additional 15 years.”
Alstom is carrying out vehicle upgrades at its service location in Braunschweig, Germany.
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Since 2003, the Coradia Lint trains are operating for Nordwestbahn and Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser.
Under the modernisation, the control system, brake control, and the exterior and interior design of the vehicles will be upgraded.
The vehicles will also be equipped with Wi-Fi, LED lighting, video recording, sockets and USB ports.
Coradia Lint trains will also feature new seats, ceiling panelling and new door systems with a light grid and gap bridging.
To provide additional passenger comfort, the trains will also have multipurpose areas such as a wheelchair space with an intercom and socket.
Alstom Germany services managing director Daniel Croonen said: “This order is another milestone in our good and long-term cooperation with LNVG.
“Jointly, we offer passengers modern regional trains for an economical and sustainable transport.
“The modernised trains offer passengers the same level of comfort as any comparable new Coradia regional train currently produced in Salzgitter.”
After completion of the overhauling process, 15 upgraded vehicles will be used in the Elbe-Weser network and the remaining 11 on the Weser-/Lammetalbahn.
Image: Coradia Lint 41 train. Photo: © Alstom.