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Diesel Multiple Units in Denmark


Created for 4rail.net by Ilkka Siissalo and John McKey. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo and John McKey.




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Class ME number 1536 in Nyköping, Denmark
Denmark relies heavily on diesel power also has had a number of interesting and often quite heavy diesel locomotives.

DSB S-tog class SA number 9190 stopping at Copenhagen central on service C, Denmark Many types of electric multiple units already run Danish expanding electric lines, both nationally and internationally.

DSB class EA in Copenhagen, Denmark
Denmark electric locomotives page gives you information on the many types and classes in use here!

 





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Train spotting and finding and optimal angle for the camera, Denmark

Denmark has relied heavily on its diesel multiple units for decades until now. Because of this country has many interesting designs in use, many of these rare elsewhere. The diesel rolling stock also has many characteristics of both Nordic and Continental European styles, Denmark located on crossroads of these. Latest DSB (Danish Railways) units acquired from AnsaldoBreda have been a major disappointment and led to Parliamental process, outcome of which was to substantially expand the electric rail network. Meanwhile "anything that moves" will have to serve passengers, at worst this does not work, at best it is a comfortable ride in one of the rubber headed MUs.

DSB: IC2 * IC3 * IC4 *
Regionstog: Lint 41 * MF+FS

 DSB (Danish Railways)
DSB IC2 unit 6722 in Odense, Denmark Class IC2 (MP+FP) of DSB
One of the new types of ill fated AnsaldoBreda DMUs are only now, 10 years later than were supposed, becoming usable for DSB.

Units built: 23m, only a few in traffic

Unit numbers: 57xx+67xx
Maximum allowed speed: 200 km/h (125 mph)
Capacity: 113 seats in one class
Power systems: Diesel with mechanical transmission, 1120 kW (1500 hp)
Usage: DSB regional service


  Detailed information on DSB IC2...


DSB class MF number 5211 in Copenhagen, Denmark

DSB class MF number 5226 in Odense, Denmark

Class IC3 (MFA+FF+MFB) of DSB
This set is a classic rubber headed design with mechanical transmission for traction. Units can often be seen coupled together with with their EMU look alikes.

Units built by ABB Scandia + Duewag: 92 + 4
Unit numbers
: 5001 - 5296
Maximum allowed speed: 180 km/h (112 mph)
Capacity
: 227, 1st 16 and 122 + 6 2nd class
Power systems: Diesel with mechanical transmission, 1600 / 1800 kW (2150 / 2415 hp)

Usage: DSB Intercity service

  
Detailed information on DSB class IC3...


DSB IC4 DMU number 5602-xx in Odense, Denmark Class IC4 (MG+FH+FG+MG) of DSB
Ill fated AnsaldoBreda IC4 DMUs will be used around 10 - 20 years before retirement. Still, these add to the long distance diesel capacity of DSB when they can be used.

Units built by AnsaldoBreda: 83 (all in use fixed / rebuilt by Bombardier)
Unit numbers: 5801 -
Maximum allowed speed: <200 km/h (125 mph)
Capacity: 204 in one class
Power systems: Diesel with mechanical transmission, 2240 kW (3000 hp)
Usage: DSB Intercity service


  Detailed information on DSB class IC4...


DSB class MQ number 4112 in Odense, Denmark Class MQ (Siemens Desiro) of DSB
To help on rolling stock shortages DSB has hired Siemens Desiros from Alpha trains since year 2000.

Units built by Siemens Mobility: ~20 in use at DSB
Unit numbers: 4111/4911 - 4130/4930
Maximum allowed speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Capacity: 114 in one class
Power systems: Diesel with mechanical transmission, 630 kW (845 hp)
Usage: DSB regional service


  Detailed information on DSB class MQ...


DSB class MRD number 4282 in Odense, Denmark Class MR+MRD of DSB
Due to rolling stock shortage some very old DMUs are also in use, as an example these belonging to Danish class MRD.

Units built by ABB Scandia in Randers: 98 + 97
Unit numbers: 4201 - 4299 (3 sold out)
Maximum allowed speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Capacity: 112 in one class
Power systems: Diesel-hydraulic transmission, 2 x 237 kW = 474 kW (636 hp)
Usage: DSB regional service


  Detailed information on DSB class MR+MRD...


DSB ICE-TD number 03 in Copenhagen, Denmark
German class 605 ICE-TD of DSB
DSB also leases a number of DB owned ICE-TD trains for its Denmark to Germany services. One of the trains is currently painted to DSB dark blue-gray coloring. These units are due to midlife refurbishing soon.

Units built by Siemens Mobility: 20, 13 in use at DSB
Unit numbers: xxx 004 - 017
Maximum allowed speed: 200/180 km/h (125/112 mph)
Capacity: 195 seats, 1st class 41m 2nd 154
Power systems: Diesel-electric, 2240 kW (3000 hp)
Usage: DSB international service


  Detailed info on DSB German class 605 ICE-TD...

 Regionstog
Regionstog type Lint 41 in Tollose, Denmark Lint 41 of Regionstog
Built at Alstom Salzgitter, Germany plant Lint 41 is considered a reliable and modern vehicle. Recently the numbers of these DMUs have risen over 100 in Denmark.

Units built by Alstom: 9, late 2000s (over 100 in Denmark)
Unit numbers: 2000s + 2100s
Maximum allowed speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Capacity: 108 seats in one class
Power systems: Diesel, mechanical transmission, 2 x 315 kW > 630 kw (423 hp x 2 > 845 hp)
Usage: Regionstog regional service


  Detailed info on Regionstog Lint 41...


Regionstog class FS number 1103 in Nyköping, Denmark MF+FS of Regionstog
Regionståg operates a fleet of rubber head DMUs classified as IC2, but not similar to DSB IC2.

Units built by Adtranz in Randers, Denmark: 13, 1997
Unit numbers: 1001 - 1046 (MF) + 1101 - 1146 (FS)
Maximum allowed speed: 140 km/h (87 mph)
Capacity: 124 seats in one class
Power systemes: Diesel, mechanical transmission, 2 x 313 kW > 626 kw (420 hp x 2 > 840hp)
Usage: Regionstog regional service


  Detailed info on Regionstog IC2...


   
  
   
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DSB

 Class IC4 (MG+FH+FG+MG) of DSB

DSB class MG number 5833 in Odense, Denmark

DSB class MG number 5674 in Odense, Denmark

DSB class MG number 5674 in Odense, Denmark

DSB class MG number 5674 in Odense, Denmark

DSB class MG number 5674 in Odense, Denmark

DSB class MG number 5674 in Odense, Denmark

83 new class IC4 diesel multiple units were ordered from Italian company Ansaldo-Breda in September 2000. As DSB was at the time devoted to diesels instead of standard European rolling stock using electricity, the previous experiences for this kind of rollings stock for sale were scarce, and to make things go severely wrong, the cheapest offer had to be accepted (as DSB is part of the public sector in Denmark, they have to buy cheapest instead of most suitable for the purpose). First units were finally introduced to use in _2013_! Even then they had to be withdrawn occasionally for system or operating failures. Looking closely the DMU is by no means built to handle the Nordic winters on seaside Denmark. At this point Bombardier came to rescue and IC4 DMUs are now being rebuilt to match most of the operational needs, not all. Rebuilding and altering a brand new train can be very costly. As a result, decided by Parlament, direction has now been altered and Denmark will go ahead with electrification of all its main lines and IC4 DMUs will be retired as early as possible. These trains will be a sad reminder of how last to enter are sometimes first to be retired.

Easy Recognition for DSB IC4
-> Pointed headed sleek lined DMU
-> 4 modules
-> End module number series in 58xx
-> Can be seen on most main routes, might run as single unit due to multiple running problems
->
headlight below the windscreen

 

 

 


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 Class IC3 (MFA+FF+MFB) of DSB

DSB class MF number 5211 in Copenhagen, Denmark

DSB class MF number 5211 in Copenhagen, Denmark

DSB class MF number 5211 in Copenhagen, Denmark

DSB class MF number 5211 in Copenhagen, Denmark

 

 

Somehow the Danish IC3 diesel multiple units show at a glance the essense of Danish railroading: diesel powered, modern and rubber headed.

The IC3 units were built by ABB Scandia from 1989 to 1991. Scandia later became part of Adtranz and then again was merged to Bombardier. Each unit comprises of three modules, powered end module + coach + powered end module. With rubber ends trains can be connected seamlessly with other similar units and IR4 electric units. Mixed trains of these types today can be found on many longer distance routes.

 


Technical Info for DSB IC3
-> Type: Diesel multiple unit
-> Class: IC3
-> Builder: Skandia > Adtranz > Bombardier in Randers
-> Owner: DSB
-> Operators: DSB
-> Road numbers: 5001 - 5096 + 5401 - 5496 + 5201 - 5296
-> UIC codes: -
-> Numbers built: 96
-> Numbers in use: 96
-> Seen: Denmark

-> Usage: intercity and regional services
-> Production dates: 1989 - 1998
-> Rebuilding: 2005
   -- Deutz BF8L513CP V8 of 1200 kW (1600 hp) was changed to
        Deutz TCD V6 of 1340 kW (1800 hp).
   -- Vehicles steps were redesigned
   -- Minor interior refurbishing was also done

-> Passengers:
   -- 1st class: 16 + 0 + 0
   -- 2nd class: 22 + 64 + 36
   -- Standing: ~100
   -- Cafe: -
   -- Accessibility for wheelchair, baby carts, elderly: poor

-> Power and transmission:
-> Energy Source: diesel fuel
-> Power output: 2 x 294 kW x 2=1176 kW (1580 hp)
   -- Since 2005: 2 x 330 kW x 2=1320 kW (1770 hp)
-> Transmission: mechanical
-> Traction motors: -
-> Tractive effort: not measured
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): -
-> Wheel arrangement: (1A)'-(A1)'+2'2'+(1A)'-(A1)

-> Maximum operational speed
: 180 km/h (112 mph)

-> Length: 58,8 m
-> Heigth: 3,85 m
-> Width: 3,1 m

-> Weight: 97 metric tons
-> Axle weight:

-> Notes:

Pictures
 
DSB IC3 unit 5211-5411-5011 is seen accelerating here from Copenhagen Cantral station. IC3 and its rubber headed EMU variants are typical for Danish railroading today.

  Here the unit 5070-5470-5270 is just arriving to Odense station on a sunny winter day. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

 
 
   

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