Deutsche Bahn (DB) has signed two framework contracts worth €1.2bn with Polish rail manufacturer Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz (PESA) to build 470 diesel multiple units (DMUs) for DB's regional and local services.
PESA will build 120 DMUs with 50 to 100 seats each, capable of travelling at maximum speeds of 120km/h.
The second contract involves the construction of 350 DMUs with 50 to 220 seats and top speeds of 140km/h.
The diesel-powered trains, which will meet the latest crashworthiness requirements and Stage IIIB exhaust emissions standards, are expected to be delivered by the end of 2018.
Deutsche Bahn senior executive of infrastructure and engineering Dr Volker Kefer said that both companies would be working closely with the German railway industry as many components will be sourced from German suppliers.
German engine manufacturer MTU will provide the engines, while the braking systems will be offered by Knorr-Bremse, a Germany-based manufacturer of braking systems for rail and commercial vehicles.
Kefer said that German organisations would be involved in the approval process and quality standards would be ensured by DB's 'quality gates' system.
Based in Bydgoszcz, Poland, PESA currently provides locomotives for the Italian, Ukrainian and Lithuanian railways.
Image: PESA is expected to deliver the 470 diesel-powered trains to Deutsche Bahn by the end of 2018. Photo: courtesy of PESA.