DMU Link – a train produced by PESA (the largest Polish manufacturer of railway vehicles in Bydgoszcz), is the first one ever to be used in Germany. It was bought by the German carrier Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB).The official ceremonies took place last Thursday at the Friedrichstrasse Railway Station (Berlin, Germany) and were attended by the Polish deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development – Mateusz Morawiecki, and the Minister of Infrastructure in Brandenburg – Kathrin Schneider.
According to TVNBiS, the German Federal Railway Authority (German: Eisenbahn-Bundesamt, EBA) issued the homologation documentation for DMU Link almost two weeks ago, so that nine new trains are now ready to operate. DMU Link fits up to 140 passengers, it has two wheelchair seats and twelve bicycle spaces. It reaches a maximum speed of 140km/h (87mph).
“It’s a historic moment for us. Until now we’ve only exported Podolski or Lewandowski* to Germany, – commented Morawiecki jokingly – And starting from today we are exporting technologically most advanced PESA trains. It proves that the economic relationship between Poland and Germany is constantly tightening up.”
Kathrin Schneider was also in a good mood and replied wittily:
“I don’t want to diminish the importance of football but this moment is definitely more important that today’s game**”. She also stressed that the decision to buy Polish trains may be just a beginning of possible further co-operation.
Minister Morawiecki and the German deputy Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs – Sigmar Gabriel, attended also the Polish-German Economic Congress honouring the 25th anniversary of signing the Treaty of Good Neighbourship and Friendly Cooperation, which only emphasises the will to a long-lasting cooperation between the two countries.
*Lukas Podolski is a German football player of Polish nationality and Robert Lewandowski is currently playing for the German FC Bayern Munich
**Poland played against Germany for the EURO2016 Championship that exact same day