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August 6, 2013

Škoda Transportation to deliver push-pull trains to Deutsche Bahn

Czech Republic-based locomotive maker Škoda Transportation has secured a contract worth €110m to supply six modern push-pull trains to DB Regio, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn (DB).

By Ranjith Dharma

Rail

Czech Republic-based locomotive maker Škoda Transportation has secured a contract worth €110m to supply six modern push-pull trains to DB Regio, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn (DB).

The trains, which will run at a maximum speed of 189km/h, will operate on the Nurnberg – Ingolstadt – Munich route in Bavaria, starting December 2016.

Under the contract, Škoda Transportation will supply six six-vehicle two-floor sets of push-pull trains.

Each set will include a driving car, five intermediate cars and a new iteration of the locomotive Emil Zátopek specifically made for DB.

Škoda said the train sets will be equipped with pressure-tight bodies to stabilise the pressure inside the cars, while passing high-speed vehicles running at speeds of 300km/h.

"The trains, which will run at a maximum speed of 189km/h, will operate on the Nurnberg – Ingolstadt – Munich route in Bavaria, starting December 2016.

The train sets will be equipped with 705 seats, an external and internal CCTV system, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi connection in first and second class.

Škoda Transportation chairman of the board of directors Tomáš Krsek said that the company will supply a modern train with top technical equipment to Germany.

"The reference by the giant Deutsche Bahn opens us [sic] the door to the entire world," Krsek said.

Deutsche Bahn managing director Rüdiger Grube said that Škoda’s contract win proves that competition has increased in Germany’s domestic rail market.


Image: Each train will include a driving car and five intermediate cars. Credit: Škoda Transportation.

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