Bombardier Transportation has received an order from the Rhine-Main transport group (RMV) in Germany for 22 Bombardier ITINO trainsets to be used for commuter services on the Odenwaldbahn regional line.
The order is said to have a value of approximately 70 million Euros. Delivery of the first ITINO diesel multiple unit (DMU) is scheduled for summer 2005. From December 15, 2005, the ITINO DMUs will reduce journey times between the Odenwald region and the cities of Darmstadt, Hanau and Frankfurt/Main.
The two-car diesel-hydraulic ITINO trainsets are derived from a Bombardier Transportation vehicle concept originally produced for Swedish customers and the Erfurt industrial railway in Germany. The trains, which can reach a maximum speed of 140 km/h, will be assembled at Bombardier’s facility in Hennigsdorf, Germany.
‘The ITINO vehicle family is redefining the standards in terms of safety, reliability, design and ride quality,’ said Olof Persson, President, Mainline, Bombardier Transportation. ‘With strengths like these as key elements of our attractive vehicle concept, travel will take on new meaning, particularly in large urban conurbations like the Rhine-Main area.’
The new vehicles will be owned by Fahrzeugmanagement Region Frankfurt RheinMain GmbH (fahma), a subsidiary of RMV GmbH. In early 2004, fahma will hand over the vehicles to the future operator of the Odenwaldbahn line, to be chosen following a tender for the provision of transport services for a ten-year period.