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On 22.05.2019 Siemens and Alpha Trains both announced an order for six Mireo EMUs. These are intended for the route between the German cities of Cologne and Remagen, the Mittelrheinbahn, operated by TransRegio – a subsidiary of the Transdev Group.
Starting with the timetable change in December 2020, six new Mireo trainsets will enter service on the Mittelrheinbahn (RB26). An agreement to expand the fleet is has been signed by lease company Alpha Trains, operator TransRegio and Zweckverband Nahverkehr Rheinland (NVR), Zweckverband Schienenpersonennahverkehr Rheinland-Pfalz Nord (SPNV-Nord) and Zweckverband Schienenpersonennahverkehr Rheinland-Pfalz Süd (SPNV Süd).
We made an impression of what a TransRegio Mireo could look like:
Our impression of a Mireo in TransRegio livery – there is no relation to TransRegio nor Siemens. Original photo by Achim Scheil
Increasing capacityTransRegio was looking for a solution to increase the capacity on the northern part of the Mittelrheinbahn. Especially between Cologne and Remagen the trains are very popular. The current fleet of 17 Desiro ML EMUs is no longer sufficient to keep up with growing ridership numbers. The new Mireos will replace Desiro MLs between Mainz and Bingen, so TransRegio can increase the capacity on northern part of the route:
“As a result, existing trains will be freed up and we’ll be able to serve the highly frequented route between Cologne and Remagen with triple-unit Desiro Mainline trains. This is equivalent to a 50-percent capacity increase on this stretch and will be a huge improvement for our passengers.” – NVR Managing Director Heiko Sedlaczek
About the Mireo for Alpha TrainsThe construction of the Alpha Trains’ Mireos is scheduled to begin at the end of 2019 in Krefeld, Germany. They will feature multipurpose areas with storage space for bicycles and other bulky items, plus barrier-free toilets. On board: up-to-date passenger information, wifi and CCTV security surveillance.
Fresh air supply is automatically adjusted to the number of passengers in each car, by a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) with CO2 sensors. Boarding is made easier with two overlapping sliding steps at the doorways, which are extended depending on the platform height.
TrainsRegio Desiro HC 460 514 Photo: Alpha Trains
The 17 Desiro ML EMUs, currently operated by TransRegio, are also property of Alpha Trains. They are in service since December 2008 and numbered as 460 001-017/801-817/501-517.
This article first appeared on railcolornews.com
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