God damn it, this is an ugly train. The Coradia Continental was never a beautiful train to begin with, but the new, crash-optimized cabs did not help any. Neither does this paint scheme. And it's not like it makes up for it on the inside; the train was originally designed for cold Sweden, and so has the tiniest windows ever seen to keep the cold out. The result is a train that actively tries to make it impossible to see out, and that is always depressingly dark unless you make the entire interior white and light grey (something that for some reason only Agilis realized).
This one will be operated by Metronom on the ENNO network (E-Netz Niedersachsen Ost, meaning electric network, lower saxony, east), comprising the lines from Wolfsburg to either Hannover and Hildesheim. They do not carry the yellow-blue-white paint scheme
that is typical for Metronom's existing services, nor do they run with the likewise typical double-decker cars.
The reason: The franchise for this network is not primarily handled by LNVG, the lower-saxon state agency in charge of all rail traffic in Lower Saxony except in Hanover and the east of the state, but by ZGB, the (somewhat incompetent) lower-saxon state agency in charge of all rail traffic in the east of the state. Both agency have their own pool of rail vehicles that get leased to the actual operators, and demand their own colors be shown on them. For LVNG, that is white, blue and yellow; ZGB decided on this. These are also the very first vehicles in ZGB's pool at all. ZGB was dragging its feet on a lot of things for a very long time, hoping to establish a tram-train system for Braunschweig and east lower saxony that never got off the ground, which resulted in some rather old DB equipment remaining on ZGB-managed lines.
Things are finally looking up; for all their flaws, these trains are air-conditioned and accessible, just like the Alstom Coradia LINT
that have taken over all the diesel lines in the ZGB area (oddly enough LNVG was again in charge of that). I realize there are many train fans that go, "air conditioning? Screw that! Also, if you can't open fifty-year old doors without help, well, you just don't deserve to ride trains!". While I do get where they're coming from, think about the implications. These trains make it possible for the elderly, wheelchair users, people with injuries, people simply with a lot of baggage or child carriers and so on (collectively known as Persons with Reduce Mobility, PRM) to use trains without the need for assistance from strangers. That's a good thing. Railroads aren't here to be anyone's hobby, even though they make for a very good hobby. They're here to serve the people, and modern accessible trains do a much better job of that than any 1950s technology ever could, no matter how much cooler it may seem.
Of course there is also the issue of modern technology breaking down more often, and I agree that this is a problem. But there are many people for whom one only door per train they can't use (because it's broken) is a real improvement, because with older trains, it would be all doors they can't use without help, due to heavy locking mechanisms and steep stairs. There is also an issue where newer trains sometimes have less capacity than the older trains they are replacing. Let's face it, that just sucks, but it's the fault of who ordered the trains, not of the technology.
You may have noticed that between the Alstom LINTs for diesel networks and these trains for electric networks, ZGB is running pretty much an all-Alstom business here. Officially, that's because Alstom made the best offers. Inofficially… well, nobody will ever say so out loud, of course, but Alstom is the only train manufacturer in all of Lower Saxony and there may be certain sympathies for that. Both the LINTs and these trains are built in Salzgitter, right in the middle of the ZGB area.