Double-deck vehicles in Germany have a long tradition. They have been used regularly for around 100 years in regional traffic and in long-distance and night trains.
The double-deck vehicles manufactured by Bombardier in their present-day version have also been in service with DB AG for years on regional services with great success and high levels of popularity. Since 1992, more than 1,000 vehicles have been delivered to DB AG.
The double-deck driving coaches allow train consists to be used for push-pull operation. These modern vehicles offer travelers a high level of comfort with modern design, spacious passenger compartments, comfortable seats, air conditioning, a visual and acoustic passenger information system and speeds of up to 160 km/h.
The double-deck coach is a further development of tried and tested vehicles. One of the key features is the increased number of windows with narrower pillars. This improves visibility and provides greater flexibility in terms of seating arrangements. The numerous innovations incorporated in the vehicle design include improved passenger entry points, particularly for wheelchair passengers (by reducing the ramp angle), greater legroom on the lower level, a newly designed luggage and coat rack system, plus a new lighting concept with individual seat lighting.
Particular attention was placed on designing the vehicle to meet the needs of the disabled. This includes an automatically operated retractable ramp and space for wheelchairs in the vestibule with direct access to the larger toilet.