This train is very important to me personally, because starting this december (the second sunday of this december to be precise), it will take over most train services in my home region of south-east Germany. Specifically, it will run the service from Bad Harzburg via Goslar to Hanover, and from Goslar to Braunschweig. It will definitely be an improvement on the latter, which is currently run with tiny old class 628 trains ( Train to Goslar
), and which will also see higher frequencies. On the former, opinions are divided. It will replace two different trains: First are the class 612 trains ( Train and Industry
) on the Hannover-Halle line, which will be truncated to Goslar-Halle only. While these are actually faster than the new ones, nobody will miss them, as they're very unreliable, loud, uncomfortable, have no real passenger information system and are not at all accessible for people with reduced mobility. But they will also replace the classic sets of class 218 diesel locomotives with "Silberling" (type n) carriages ( Going to town
) which currently handle the Bad Harzburg-Hanover services. Many rail fans argue that these trains are more reliable and comfortable. Personally, I'm not one of them; I like things like level boarding, air conditioning or trains that aren't way too noisy. I will agree that I'm worried about capacity, though. A set of two LINT 54 will have more seats than a set of two 612s, and wider doors, but it will still have less seats than the n-type cars. This is a problem since the trains can get very full, especially for the part of the journey that connects Hanover with its suburbs such as Hildesheim.
As for the train itself, it's the newest version of Alstom's long-running LINT series of trains. The newest version meets newest crash safety standards, and in this version, is six meters longer per car. It also consists of two separate cars with their own trucks each, while the smaller version is articulated. Fairly identical trains are running in the Cologne area for DB, for no discernible reason marketed as "Vareo" (yeah, I know it's an acronym, but it's a stupid acronym so I'll pretend it isn't one). The one on the right will go to Rhineland-Palatia and run as "Vlexx", a term that means nothing I can think of anyway. Vlexx is a subsidiary of Netinera, which used to be Arriva Germany. The one on the left is the one for my home, and has the colors of the DMU pool of the state of Lower Saxony. It will be operated by Erixx, another subsidiary of Netinera, which will add its own color accents in lilac on top, and yes, that looks as horrible as it sounds. ( Erixx LINT