DB orders loco-hauled trains from Bombardier

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Deustche Bahn (DB) has placed an order with Bombardier for 25 extra Twindexx Vario double-deck intercity EMUs.

The order includes 25 Traxx AC3 locomotives, the fourth call-off from an order placed in 2008, and 124 Twindexx Vario double-deck intercity rail cars, the 10th call-off from a framework contract singed in 2013.

Bombardier will start to deliver the new 25 five-car trainsets, which are earmarked for cross-border services between Germany and Switzerland, in 2019.

Birgit Bohle, chair of the management board of DB Long Distance, said: “The signing of the contract for 25 new Intercity 2 trains is an important milestone in our long-distance transport campaign, which will expand our service by 25 per cent by 2030.

“With the new vehicles, we offer our customers a particularly comfortable and reliable travel in long-distance traffic.”

Bombardier has already delivered 27 loco-hauled trainsets through the framework deal. Another 17 will be delivered by the middle of next year.