UK National Express Group subsidiary National Express Rail has unveiled the first of its Bombardier Talent 2 trains, which are to operate on Germany’s rail network.

In June 2013, National Express awarded a €170m contract to Bombardier Transportation for the delivery of 35 Talent 2 electric multiple-units (EMUs).

National Express will receive 25 five-car and ten three-car trains, which will be capable of operating up to 160km/h.

The new Talent 2 train features first and second-class seating and will be equipped with CCTV, multi-purpose areas for prams, wheelchairs and bicycles, as well as passenger information monitors showing connecting trains.

"Today is a hugely significant milestone for National Express’ German rail operations."

National Express Rail managing director Andrew Chivers said: "Today is a hugely significant milestone for National Express’ German rail operations. A year from now, we will be operating these excellent new trains to link some of the largest cities in Germany’s biggest state.

"Our successful expansion into Germany has been based on National Express’ excellent track record in the UK for operating punctual, safe and high-quality train services."

The trains will run on the RE 7 Rhein-Münsterland-Express and RB 48 Rhein-Wupper-Bahn lines, which will be operated by a consortium between National Express and local partner IntEgro Verkehr.

In February 2013, Rhein-Ruhr, Westfalen-Lippe and Rheinland transport authorities awarded a 15-year contract for the operation on the lines to the consortium.

Image: National Express’s new Bombardier Talent 2 train will service on the new regional routes in North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: courtesy of National Express Group.