Niederbarminer Eisenbahn (NEB) will begin operating seven Link diesel multiple units (DMU) on regional lines in Germany.

The announcement comes after delivery of the first DMU to NEB by Polish manufacturer Pesa in June this year, according to Railway Gazette.

Powered by Rolls-Royce‘s MTU PowerPacks, the two-car vehicles will be operated between lines connecting Berlin-Ostkreuz, Lichtenberg, and Templin in Germany to Werneuchen, Rheinsberg, and Kostrzyn in Poland.

MTU’s industrial business head Bernd Krüper said: "Commissioning of these trains marks the start of a new chapter in the success achieved by our innovative and efficient MTU PowerPacks."

"The trains are certified for operating on both the German and Polish rail networks."

Each DMU is fitted with two MTU type 6H 1800 R85L PowerPacks. These come with an engine, gearbox, generator, and all of the sub-assemblies needed to power the train and supply the vehicle’s auxiliary systems.

These drive units can be easily integrated in the vehicle and require simple service and maintenance, according to the company.

Compliant with EU Stage IIIB emissions specifications, the MTU drive units are capable of taking vehicles to maximum speeds of 140kmph.

The trains are certified for operating on both the German and Polish rail networks and are suitable for service on cross-border routes.

Image: Pesa’s Link railcars are now in operation on routes in Germany for the first time. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG.