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Execs toast Chemnitz’s Citylink tram-train at InnoTrans

22 September 2016  •  Author: Ian Hall, European Railway Review

BERLIN: Stadler and Vossloh Kiepe joined the public transport authority for Chemnitz in presenting at InnoTrans a tram-train hybrid that is already in operation in the German city.

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Senior representatives from both companies and the authority, Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen (VMS), toasted the vehicle, Citylink, with champagne in front of the media and other onlookers at the Berlin trade-fair.

Chemnitz’s investment in the bi-directional vehicles – which have been in operation since April, albeit initially only on DB Network infrastructure – is part of a project called ‘Chemnitzer Modell’ to boost the city’s transport network. Tramway- and rail tracks will be linked and connecting points created between the city and wider region.

VMS first placed its order, which was for eight Citylink tram-trains, back in August 2012. The consortium of Vossloh Kiepe and Stadler Valencia received an order for four more units, in July last year.

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Citylink is described by its developers as ‘one of the first low-floor tram-trains satisfying the German regulations BOStrab and EBO’.

citylink-launch-at-innotrans-front-of-vehicle-lrThe tram-train is able to operate both on the tramway network under 600/750V DC and on the regional non-electrified railway lines with diesel traction. Its maximum speed, when in train mode, is 100 km/hr.

The executives celebrating their co-operation at InnoTrans – Íñigo Parra (Stadler), Ulrich Lauel (Vossloh Kiepe) and Dr Harald Neuhaus (VMS) – flagged numerous aspects of Citylink’s design including “great” driver’s-cab visibility.

Parra told the crowd: “It’s a marvellous train that everyone can be proud of.”

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