BOMBARDIER TALENT 2 Trains Continue Along the Road to Success - from 2011 Also Serving as Central Hesse Express

Deutsche Bahn orders 22 additional flexible vehicle system trains for use in Central Hesse, Germany

Bombardier Transportation will deliver another 22 BOMBARDIER TALENT 2 trains to Deutsche Bahn (DB) AG, valued at approximately 90 million euros ($131 million US). The total number of TALENT 2 trains ordered to date by DB now comes to 120.

Starting in December 2011, the new trains will operate in Hesse as Central Hesse Express (Mittelhessen-Express) on the lines between Frankfurt/Main - Gießen – Treysa/ Dillenburg as well as between Hanau - Frankfurt - Gießen. DB Regio will operate these trains through its subsidiary DB Regio Hessen GmbH from December 2011 onwards. DB Regio Hessen GmbH will use the TALENT 2 trains for regional express and regional services. The fleet comprises six 3-car and sixteen 4-car trains of the class BR 442.

“We are pleased that this sixth order now means that the TALENT 2 will also be used in the state of Hesse. The passengers can look forward to an environmentally-friendly train with the most modern equipment“, commented Stephan Krenz, Managing Director and President of Bombardier Transportation’s Germany and Scandinavia business unit.

In February 2007, Deutsche Bahn AG and Bombardier Transportation signed a framework agreement for the supply of up to 321 trains. It is intended to use the previous five call-offs, comprising 98 electric multiple units:

  • for the suburban rail network Nuremberg

  • on the Moseltalbahn between Koblenz and Trier/Perl

  • on the Cottbus-Leipzig route

  • the Rhein-Sieg-Express between Aachen and Siegen

  • the E-net (E-Netz) of Franconia between Nuremberg, Bamberg and Wurzburg as well as the cities of Sonneberg, Saalfeld and Jena in Southern Thuringia

Key features of the newly developed electric multiple unit platform TALENT 2 are its modular concept and the high degree of standardisation. This provides an almost unlimited level of flexibility along with cost-effectiveness and cost transparency. The innovative modular construction allows for countless variants of the same train type. The two- to six-car trains can be equipped with a wide variety of technical modules, depending on whether they are to be used as commuter or regional express trains.

The scalable traction output provided by the BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and control system makes the train particularly energy-efficient. The vehicle can be specifically adapted to meet the frequent acceleration and braking needs in commuter traffic or to travel up to 160 km/h, meeting the requirements of the regional rail networks.
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation, the global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. 

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

Photo: TALENT 2 train for use in Central Hesse, Germany

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