Krefeld maintenance depot gives the S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr a new look and extra IT
After two years of hard work, staff at DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung's Krefeld maintenance depot have cause for celebration. When it delivered the last of a total of 48 class 422 electrical multiple units (EMU) this autumn, it completed the redesign project for the S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr on schedule and on budget. End customers can now benefit from this.
"The Rhein-Ruhr ET-422 redesign was a demanding project, challenging in terms of quality but very successful right down to the last vehicle", said head of maintenance depot Raphael Bayer in summary. The first vehicle left Krefeld maintenance depot in September 2017 as a sample train. The last of 48 vehicles in total was delivered at the beginning of October. All sides seemed extremely satisfied at the closing event.
The regional and local transport services of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) will have been optimised with a new timetable, along with new and modernised vehicles, just in time for the timetable change in the middle of December 2019. In the future, refurbished vehicles with the same new VRR look will get customers from A to B on the S1 and S4 S-Bahn lines while providing them with the greatest possible level of comfort. In addition to performing extensive paint work on the vehicles, the 27 employees in Krefeld have furnished them with new seat cushions and covers, which also have a new design. In total, over 20,000 m² of surfaces have been repainted and over 9,000 seats converted. The fleet has also been given an improved passenger information system with displays, an automated passenger counter and free Wi-Fi from the Colibri product portfolio.