Siemens secures record rolling-stock order

The Belgian rail operator Société Nationale de Chemins de Fer Belge has ordered 305 multiple-unit trains from Siemens for the country's regional rail service. The contract is worth EUR 1.425 billion and marks the biggest order Siemens has ever received for rolling stock.

The trains will be manufactured at the Siemens plant in Krefeld-Uerdingen in Germany and are due to be delivered between 2011 and 2016. They will be three-car electric multiple units with a traction power rating of 2MW, built for operation on line voltages of 3kV as well as 3kV/25kV. The Desiro ML design can accommodate 280 passengers and has a top speed of 160km/h. The first multiple-unit trains will be manufactured at the Siemens plant in Krefeld-Uerdingen in Germany beginning summer 2009.

The Desiro ML is a new model designed to meet the frequently changing demands of regional rail service. The modular construction of the individual cars enables the train to be combined into a wide range of configurations so that, for instance, train lengths from 49 to 282 meters are possible. Furthermore, the operator can choose from various types of interior design which, depending on the region to be served, ensures flexibility even regarding the number of seats, the seat spacing and space reserved for bicycles and wheelchairs.

The first vehicles of this new product line are currently in the commissioning phase and are scheduled to enter service for the German regional rail operator Mittelrheinbahn at the end of 2008.

Image: Siemens' Desiro ML train

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