The Bulgarian State Railway (BDZ) has signed a 67 million Euro deal with Siemens Transportation Systems (TS) for 25 diesel-powered regional multiple units and a seven year maintenance contract.
The deal also includes an option for the delivery of 25 electrically powered trains.
The trains themselves will be preassembled at the Siemens plant in Krefeld-Uerdingen and final assembly will take place in a BDZ depot in Bulgaria.
The first two trains are due to be delivered in February and the remaining 23 multiple units should follow by the end of 2005.
Siemens and BDZ intend to form a joint venture for the maintenance work.
The Diesel-powered Desiro trains ordered by BDZ are already being used in Germany by German Rail and by several regional rail operators.
Outside Germany, they can be found in Austria, Denmark, Greece, Hungary and Romania and soon will be introduced to the US.
The fact that the neighbouring countries of Greece and Romania have already certified the vehicle gives BDZ the opportunity to introduce a cross-border service between the countries.