Modular Train Concept Sets the Tone for the Local and Regional Transport of the Future
Bombardier Transportation presented the new commuter/regional train BOMBARDIER TALENT 2 at InnoTrans in Berlin today. The premiere also represented the opening of world’s largest trade fair for the railway industry. Shortly after 9am, the Electrical Multiple Unit (EMU), which was manufactured in Hennigsdorf near Berlin/Germany, was unveiled.
“The TALENT 2 train will be the future base model for the DB. We have high expectations for this vehicle and with its modular structure, the TALENT 2 train allows for a wide variety of configurations. This EMU provides high passenger comfort, low energy consumption, low maintenance costs and flexible use. With the TALENT 2 vehicle, we can defend our leading market position in Europe in the regional and suburban traffic segment”, said Hartmut Mehdorn.
In February 2007, Deutsche Bahn AG and Bombardier Transportation completed a framework agreement amounting to 1.2 billion euros for the delivery of up to 321 trains. Until now, DB Regio has already obtained three contingents of 61 trains altogether. After the premiere on the Moselbahn between Koblenz and Trier/Perl, the route from Leipzig to Cottbus will be equipped with the trains. This will be followed by the commuter network in Nuremberg from December 2010.
The TALENT 2 solution features a new, modular design concept. DB Regio and Bombardier Transportation worked closely together on the requirements for the construction of the train. During its operating life, the vehicle can be used flexibly on different routes and networks and in many different configurations. For example, the TALENT 2 train can be changed quickly and economically from a commuter to a regional train. The interior design and the number of doors can be altered very easily. Flexible train lengths from two to six coaches are also possible.
The train is also suitable for use on non-German networks. In view of the liberalisation of the European rail markets, this is an important argument for operators, who want to expand beyond the local market.
“The TALENT 2 vehicle is a product which is really geared to the future. For customers like DB Regio, its flexibility is a decisive argument in the face of growing international competition. The train is not just flexible, it’s also very comfortable, energy-efficient and cost-effective,” said André Navarri during the presentation.
The use of standardised components which are combined with each other also reduces the operating and maintenance costs of the TALENT 2 vehicle and, since the conversion costs can be calculated exactly, a high resale value is also assured.
The model which was introduced in Berlin is planned for use on the Nuremberg commuter network. The four-section train has an electronic passenger information system, six wide entrances on each side and accessible toilets for disabled passengers. The BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion system permits excellent acceleration and, in operation as a regional train, a maximum speed of up to 160km/h.
The TALENT 2 train can be seen on track 6 of the outdoor display area at the Berlin trade fair until next Sunday. The fair is open for trade visitors until 26 September. On 27 and 28 September, InnoTrans is also open to the general public.
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Photo: The new BOMBARDIER TALENT 2 commuter/regional train
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