German regional operator orders 32 trains from Alstom

Alstom will supply 20 five-car trains like the one above, as well as 12 four-car units, to HLB in Germany.

Germany’s Hessische Landesbahn (HLB) has placed an order with Alstom for 32 Coradia Continental electric multiple units.

The order, for 12 four-car units and 20 five-car trains, has a total value of around €200 million. The trains will be deployed by HLB from December 2023 on four routes in the Frankfurt / Giessen area.

Müslüm Yakisan, Alstom.

“We are delighted that Hessische Landesbahn has once again opted for our state-of-the-art electric multiple units,” said Müslüm Yakisan, president of Alstom in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. “The Coradia Continental is the perfect solution for regional transport in Central Hesse. Reliable, fast, and quiet, it offers maximum passenger comfort and generous space for bicycles and luggage.

“I am particularly pleased that HLB has once again put its trust in Alstom,  35 identical trains have been running very reliably on HLB’s Southern Hesse-Untermain subnetwork since 2018.”

Alstom’s Coradia Continental train can operate at up to 160km/h (100mph) and can seat 200 in a four-car unit or 280 in a five-car one. There is room for wheelchairs, pushchairs and bicycles and, as the trains’ drive equipment is located on the roof, the interior is spacious with a wide, step-free aisle for improved passenger flow.

Interior of an HLB Coradia train.
Veit Salzmann,
Hessische Landesbahn.

“We have had a great experience with this vehicle in southern Hesse in terms of maintenance, reliability and passenger comfort,” commented Veit Salzmann, managing director of Hessische Landesbahn, which means we are pleased to begin using the Coradia Continental trains in our new Central Hesse network starting in December 2023.”

Alstom’s Coradia series of modular trains has benefited from over 30 years of continuous development. Mre than 3,300 have been sold to date and around 2,900 are currently operating in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Canada.

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