Rock Rail Main-Weser

In it’s first German investment, Rock Rail won the competition to finance a fleet of new Alstom Coradia Max (formerly Stream HC) double-deck trains for DB Regio to operate on the Main-Weser network in Germany. DB Regio was awarded the transport contract by Rhein-Main Verkehrsverbund GmbH (RMV). Rock partnered with abrdn for the fifth time as equity provider, while MEAG acted as exclusive arranger for the entire senior debt financing.

The fleet comprises of 13 four-car and 4 five-car units with two single-deck and two or three double-deck cars each. They will enter the service in December 2024.

New Vehicles


Based on Alstom’s successful Coradia platform, the new trains will connect Frankfurt and Kassel, the largest and third-largest city of the German State of Hesse.

Features and benefits include:

  • 15% seat capacity increase compared to the incumbent fleet
  • Better energy efficiency
  • Improved acceleration and breaking
  • Passenger WiFi
  • Space for up to 30 bikes
  • Gap bridging
  • Uniform boarding height
  • Acoustic and visual passenger information systems
  • PRM-compliant lavatories
  • Full compliance with TSI PRM
Winning and closing Main-Weser is a very significant milestone for Rock Rail, it represents over 3 years of development work from Rock Rail and abrdn culminating in opening up the German market to institutional led finance. Competitive institutional finance can be delivered to meet the need to finance new fleets to the German market and provide added value to municipal clients and Operators like Deutsche Bahn.
Mark Swindell
Rock Rail
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