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Leipzig’s Got Talent Too

Train Sim World: Rapid Transit is available now, and features the all-modern DB BR 1442 as operated by S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland GmbH.

The DB BR 1442 ‘Talent 2’, known more common simply as the DB BR 442, was first introduced onto European soil in 2011 as an evolution of the previous ‘Talent’ electric and diesel multiple units. Despite sharing names however, the two families of units are most distinct with the Talent 2 offering improved crash safety, better performance, and all-round more widespread service potential.

The original Talent was designed by Waggonfabrik Talbot, however Bombardier would acquire the company before any construction would begin, and subsequently, Bombardier also oversaw the development of the brand new Talent 2, which began production in 2008. Like their predecessors, the Talent 2 family quickly proved popular, with hundreds ordered, and delivered, for operation throughout Europe.

It’s all in the name; Talent of course alludes to particular skills or natural abilities, however in the case of the unit family, it is also a clever anacronym of *TALbot LEichter Nahverkehrs Triebwagen*, or Talbot light suburban railcar, and the Talent was sought out by many. The units range anything from 2 to 5 cars in length, and can easily achieve a maximum speed of 160 km/h, sailing past their predecessors’ previous limit of 140.

The Talent 2s are also smooth, sleek and safe; shared Jacobs bogies allow for a lesser impact on the rails, keeping things quiet and comfortable for the passengers, all while reducing drag and improving efficiency, and ensuring the units stay upright in any derailments. They are also safe from a front-end point of view, the crash-optimised cab is designed to cushion impact, but it is this distinct detailing that earned them the nickname of “Hamsterbacke” (Hamster Cheeks).

As the Leipzig-Halle S-Bahn was set to be transformed into the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn, with the opening of the Leipzig City Tunnel, a new fleet of rolling stock was required which met all the tunnel safety regulations, unlike older traction. Attention turned to the Talent 2 family, and at the cost of about 200 million Euro, an order for 51 EMUs was placed. Classified as the DB BR 1442, they entered service on the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn lines in August 2013.

A total of 36 of the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn DB BR 1442s are formed of 3 articulated coaches (as the 1442.1 subclass), which double up to form 6-car sets in the rush hour. Across all the lines, the daily ridership averages at 57,000, meaning the Leipzig City Tunnel in particular feels the pressure in the peaks, a pressure alleviated with a frequent timetable of Talent 2 action.

With Train Sim World: Rapid Transit, you have the chance to step into the cab of the modern DB BR 1442.1, represented in the unique DB Silver & Green livery, and get a taste of what true commuter action is like from the best seat in the house. Of course, you can also play the role of a passenger and take a seat in the ergonomic, stepped passenger compartment, and be hustled through the state of Saxony in modern, stylised fashion. To get on-board, head to the Store as Train Sim World: Rapid Transit is Out Now! ■

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