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Alpha Trains orders regional trains for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - seven four-car Desiro Mainline trainsets ordered
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  • 16. December 2019
  • Press Release | Alpha Trains

Seven four-car Desiro Mainline trainsets ordered

Alpha Trains orders regional trains for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

  • Seven four-car Desiro Mainline trainsets ordered
  • To serve in the Verkehrsgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern rail network
  • Subsequent capacity expansion to four-car trainsets ensures sustainable value creation over the entire lifecycle

Cologne, 16. December 2019 - Alpha Trains, the European’s largest leasing company for rail rolling stock, has ordered seven Desiro Mainline (ML) regional trains from Siemens Mobility. Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH (ODEG) will lease the trains for service in the rail network Baltic coast east operated from December 2019 onwards by the ODEG on behalf of Verkehrsgesellschaft Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (VMV). The production has already started at the Siemens Mobility train manufacturing facility in Krefeld. “Alpha Trains ordered the Desiro ML as its first customer many years ago and we are pleased that this proven and reliable platform is also used for this project” said Thomas Schmidt, Managing Director of Alpha Trains Europa GmbH.

The trains will initially be delivered in a three-car configuration and be used on the Rostock-Sassnitz, Stralsund-Binz and Rostock-Züssow routes. Soon after their delivery, a fourth car will be added to increase the train’s capacity. „The Desiro ML impressed us with its dynamic driving capabilities, excellent driving comfort and with the powerful impellent thanks to its four bogies. Our drivers also confirm that we have solid technology and a very well thought-through operating concept in the driver"s cab”, says Arnulf Schuchmann, Managing Director and spokesman for ODEG.

„We are providing a train for our customer in record time. This speed is made possible by the high flexibility of our Desiro ML platform, which allows the easy addition or removal of an intermediate car depending on the required transport capacity. This creates sustainable value-added over the train’s entire lifecycle,” said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility. 

Expansion of the train’s capacity is facilitated by the flexible single-car concept of the Desiro platform, which allows simply adding an extra intermediate car to the trainset. By optimally utilizing the train’s entire length for seats, operators benefit from a higher transport capacity. Over 90 percent of the Desiro ML’s length is available for passengers. 

Railway operator ODEG provides regional passenger services on behalf of the federal states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. ODEG is the largest privately operated railway system in eastern Germany, with a total of eleven lines and 1,200 kilometers of routes. The company transports around 18.2 million passengers a year, covering a total distance of roughly eleven million kilometers.

Press Contact ODEG

Arnulf Schuchmann (ODEG-Geschäftsführer und Sprecher) Phone: 030 / 81 40 77 101
Dietmute Graf (Leiterin Marketing und Kommunikation) Phone: 030 / 81 40 77 165

Press Contact - Siemens

Silke Thomson-Pottebohm
Phone: +44 7808 822 780

Siemens Mobility is a separately managed company of Siemens AG. As a leader in transport solutions for more than 160 years, Siemens Mobility is constantly innovating its portfolio in its core areas of rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems, intelligent traffic systems as well as related services. With digitalization, Siemens Mobility is enabling mobility operators worldwide to make infrastructure intelligent, increase value sustainably over the entire lifecycle, enhance passenger experience and guarantee availability. In fiscal 2018, which ended on September 30, 2018, the former Siemens Mobility Division posted revenue of €8.9 billion and had around 36,800 employees worldwide. Further information is available at