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The EMUs, which will feature first and second class areas, will operate on the RE 30 line between Frankfurt, Giessen, Marburg and Kassel from the new timetable due to be launched on December 15 2024.
The four-car EMUs will feature two double-deck motor driving vehicles and two single-deck intermediate vehicles. The five-car EMUs will feature an additional double-deck intermediate vehicle. The new trains will be fitted with compact wall-mounted tables in second class, free Wi-Fi and power sockets at each seat. First class will feature large wall-mounted tables.
Seating capacity in the four-car EMUs will be for 420 passengers while the five-car EMUs will have seating capacity for 540 passengers. Alstom says the EMUs will be able to operate in multiple to provide capacity for up to 960 passengers, offering a 15% capacity increase on the existing trains.
Alstom says that the modular design of the train means the interiors can be reconfigured for different seating arrangements, expanded bicycle storage areas, or to increase the space for multi-purpose areas.
The trains will be manufactured at Alstom’s Salzgitter factory in Germany, with all project and contract management, product validation and commissioning, documentation, training and warranty also being conducted in Germany.
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