Coradia Max DB Regio Train built by Alstom

Alstom to supply high capacity trains to Germany

Alstom is bringing a fleet of modern Coradia Max electric multiple-unit trains to northern Germany, gearing up for a major expansion of rail services in the region. The order, valued at over €400 million, comprises 18 double-decker trains – 9 three-car and 9 five-car units – destined for the RE1 line between Hamburg and Rostock, and beyond.

"The mobility revolution in northern Germany is gaining momentum," says Müslüm Yakisan, President of Alstom Region DACH. "Our Coradia Max trains will help DB Regio expand passenger services in a sustainable and modern way, offering spacious, accessible, and comfortable travel experiences for all."

The new trains boast a 50% increase in peak-time seating capacity compared to current vehicles, catering to the growing demand for rail travel in the region, making them ideal for the region.

Quote Carsten Moll

Carsten Moll, chairman of DB Regio Northeast, highlights the importance of the project: "The Hanse-Express is a vital artery for commuters and day trippers. These new trains, featuring the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state design, will offer a delightful journey with around 720 seats. We're also adding more services on other lines, creating a connected and environmentally friendly network across the region."

The Coradia Max has a unique combination of single and double-decker carriages, which can optimise capacity. The train can also run at speeds of up to 160km/h on regional lines.

"Over 500 Coradia Max trains have been ordered across Europe, and we're proud to bring this proven technology to northern Germany," says Yakisan. "These trains will be instrumental in driving the region's transition to a more sustainable and efficient transportation system."

The new trains will be produced at Alstom's Salzgitter site and are expected to enter service in December 2027. Following further infrastructure upgrades, they will also extend their reach to Lübeck, connecting passengers across the Baltic Sea-Alster sub-network.

Photo: Alstom


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