Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation and private mobility provider Abellio jointly presented the new regional, multiple-unit train from the BOMBARDIER TALENT 2 series for Stuttgart's Necker valley regional network. The highlights of the event at the Bombardier site in Hennigsdorf were the joint vehicle inspection with Baden-Württemberg's Minister for Transportation Winfried Hermann and the visit to the Virtual Reality Lab. The digital development of the trains was presented and explained here with the help of 3D visualisations.
The trains for Abellio are 26 electric multiple units with three carriages and 22 electric multiple units with five carriages. The vehicles are equipped with WiFi, provide disabled access and 24 or 39 bicycle parking spaces, respectively. The trains earn top marks in energy efficiency and reliability. As of 2019 they will gradually commence passenger operations, and by June 2020 all 48 trains will have been delivered to Abellio. The multiple-unit trains are being built at the Bombardier site in Hennigsdorf and the bogies are to be produced at the plant in Siegen.
There are around 400 TALENT 2 trains in service in Germany. They form the backbone of regional transport and are used by various private transport companies and Deutsche Bahn. With a recently placed order of five additional TALENT trains by Abellio Deutschland, the mark of 500 TALENT orders was reached.