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Courbevoie - Diesel Multiple Units in Germany

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Welcome to the Germany Diesel Multiple Units Page! Below you will find all the types in use and given some time also their technical details. There are also be pages for the Electric Locomotives, Diesel Locomotives and Electric Multiple Units. 

Operators and classes:
Deutsche Bahn AG: c605 * c612 "Regio Pendolino" *
Hohenzolerische Landesbahn AG: c650 *

Westfrankenbahn (DB Regio): c642 *

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Class 648 DMU number 105 in Buxtehude, Germany
Picture above: An EVB Lint is stopping to unboard passengers in the German north.
 Deutsche Bahn
Br605 ICE-TD in Zurich Switzerland Class 605 of DB / DSB, ICE-TD (DB, DSB, PKP)
This initially troublesome train is currently in use between routes radiating from Berlin to Denmark and Poland.

Units: 19 (out of 20 built)
Unit numbers: 605 001 - 605 020
Maximum allowed speed: 200 km/h (125 mph)
Capacity: 195 seated passengers
Power systems: diesel-electric
Usage: Berlin, Germany to Denmark and Poland

   Detailed information on class 605...
German DB Br612 Pendolino at Frankfurt, Germany Class 612 of DB
This double unit was built for curvy track sections, where the tilting mechanism will help it achieve higher speeds without sacrificing too much passenger comfort.
The unit is often called "Regio Pendolino".

Units: 192
Unit numbers: 612 xxx
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)
Capacity: 124 (2nd class) + 24 (1st) seated passengers
Power systems: diesel-hydraulic, Cummins of unknown power
Usage: all around Germany

   Detailed information on class 612...
Hybrid Desiro prototype of Westfrankenbahn, Germany
Class 642 of DB Regio
 Westfrankenbahn, part of DB Regio
Hybrid Desiro prototype of Westfrankenbahn, Germany Class 642 Hybrid of DB Regio
 Hohenzollerische Landesbahn AG (HzL)
HZL Regio Shuttle numbers 205 and 235 Class 650 of HzL
HzL class 650 forms a very successful and numerous fleet of Stadler built small rail buses.

Units: 50
Unit numbers: 650 xxx
Maximum allowed speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
Capacity: 2nd class, 71 - 101 seated + 83 standing ps.
Power systems: diesel-hydraulic, Man or Iveco diesels:
514 / 530 kW (690 / 710 hp)
Usage: all around Germany

   Detailed information on class 650...

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Deutsche Bahn

  Class 605 ICE-TD of Deutsche Bahn
Br605 ICE-TD in Zurich Switzerland
DSB ICE-TD number 03 in Copenhagen, Denmark

On the left first the class 605 Deutsche Bahn tilting unit is preparing to bord passengers at Zurich, Switzerland. Currently these 4 car units are used between Copenhagen, Denmark and Hamburg, Germany, running for the DSB (Danish Railways).

Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

The Deutsche Bahn also created a DMU ICE solution for the smaller routes with  tigh curves and no electricity. A test batch of 20 trains were ordered from a consortium of Siemens, Bombardier and Fiat Ferroviaria (currently Alstom). The units entered service in 1999 - 2001 and had some teething problems. Actually the problems were so severe, that the units of class/Br 605 were withdrawn from service in 2003. These were returned to carry people again no sooner than in 2006 for the football championship to help with the congested traffic. Later 11 unit were leased to the Danish National Railways (DSB) for a route between the Danish capital Copenhagen and the city of Hamburg in northern Germany. DSB (Danish National Railways) has had a severe shortage of tilting diesel multiple units since the ICE4 are very late / have severe operational problems.

Technical details for the ICE-T
-> Builders: Siemens Mobility, Bombardier Transportation,
FIAT Ferroviaria, 1998 -  2001
-> Operator: Deutsche Bahn AG, DSB (Danish State Railways) 
-> Units built: 20
-> Units in use: 19     

-> Passenger seats:
- 1st class: 
- 2nd class:
- restaurant:    
-> Maximum design speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
-> Power: 1700 kW (2311 Hp), 160 kN
-> Unit numbers: 605 001 - 020

-> Power source: Turbocharged diesel engine
-> Electrical systems: Asynchronous?  
-> Tilting system by Fiat Ferroviaria (now Alstom), hydraulic  

-> Unit length: 106,7 m
-> Height:  m
-> Width  m
-> Operations weight: 219 tons
-> Maximum axle weight: 15,5 tons
-> Power ratio: 10,3 kW/t
-> Windfactor:   
-> Formations:  2'Bo+Bo'2+2'Bo+Bo'2

-> Train controls systems: Sifa, PZB 90, LZB 80/16
ZUB262/121, Integra-Signum
-> Couplers: Scharfenberg, including the connection within the train

Easy recognition guide for ICE-TD
-> Remarkably ICE3 looking design, but the easy way to make the difference is to look at the front, where the ICE-T has wedged side end windows.
-> The only ICE3 like design, where the pantograph is missing
-> diesel sound
-> length is 4 cars, where the ICE-T has 5 or 7 cars
-> the bogies show the tilting mechanism in the middle


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Westfrankenbahn / DB Regionetz

  Class 642 of Westfrankenbahn
Hybrid Desiro prototype of Westfrankenbahn, Germany
Hybrid Desiro prototype of Westfrankenbahn, Germany
Hybrid Desiro prototype of Westfrankenbahn, Germany
Hybrid Desiro prototype of Westfrankenbahn, Germany

Desiro is one of the most successfull and widespread Siemens Mobilioty products in Europe. The newest development is the class 642 unit MTU hybrid device. This should save around 25% of the consumed energy, meaning quite big savings with current diesel fuel prices.

The Desiro seen in picture was presented to public at Innotrans 2012. Lots of more test drives will follow and in 2014 tens of similar units should be in use for other DB daughter companies. This desiro is a good example how a little more investment, when money is available, can be used for both economical and enviironmental benefit.

Technical details for the hybrid Class 642
-> Builders: Siemens Mobility for the train, MTU for the hybrid power pack and battery systems
-> Type: Desiro Classic
-> Operator: Deutsche Bahn AG through Westfrankenbahn  
-> Units built: 1, this is a prototype for field testing
-> Units planned: 16 in 2014      

-> Passenger seats:
-- 1st class: 12
-- 2nd class: 98
-- 2nd class standing: 110
-> Maximum design speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
-> Power: 2 x 200 kW (2 x 268 Hp), 400 kW (536 Hp), 160 kN
-- for shorter periods the power can be 2 x 400 kW (2 x 536 Hp)
-> Unit numbers: 641.129

-> Power source: Turbocharged diesel engine and braking energy
-> Electrical systems: Asynchronous  

-> Unit length: 41,7 m
-> Height:  m
-> Width: 2,83 m
-> Operations weight: around 90 tons
-> Maximum axle weight: tons
-> Power ratio: kW/t
-> Windfactor:   
-> Formations:  Bo'2'Bo'

-> Train controls systems:
-> Couplers: automatic center coupler

Easy recognition guide for Desiro Classic
-> in both ends the windscreen is divided to two parts, lower housing lights and destination boards. The opening undr this is the same size as the glass on edges.
-> modules always share bogies.
-> DMU/DHMU/EMU units of Desiro exist around Europe.



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Hohenzollerische Landesbahn AG (HzL)

  Class 650 of HzL (Stadler Rail Regioshuttle)

HZL Regio Shuttle numbers 248

HZL Regio Shuttle numbers 205 and 235

The Stadler Rail manufactured Regio Shuttles are very common inCentral Europe and of course Germany too. One of the important operators for the railcar type is the Hohenzollerische Landesbahn with a respectable 50 units fleet.

Technical details for the hybrid Class 650
-> Builders: Stadler Rail AG
-> Type: Regio-Shuttle RS1
-> Operator: Hohenzollerische Landesbahn AG  
-> Units built: 50 for the operator
-> Units in use: 50      

-> Passenger seats:
-- 1st class: -
-- 2nd class: 71 - 101 depending on the configuration
-- 2nd class standing: 83 - 94
-> Maximum design speed: 120 km/h (75 mph)
-> Power: 2 x 257 kW (2 x 345 Hp), 514 kW (690 Hp)
-> Power 2: 2 x 265 kW (2 x 355 hp), 530 kW (710)
(MAN diesels provide 257 kW (345 hp) while Iveco diesels 265 kW (355 hp)
-> Power to track: kN

-> Unit numbers: 200s

-> Power source: Turbocharged diesel engine
-> Power systems: Hydraulic  

-> Unit length: 25,5 m
-> Height: 3,7 m
-> Width: 2,9 m
-> Operations weight: around 40 tons
-> Maximum axle weight: 10 tons
-> Power ratio: 17,25 W/t
-> Windfactor:   
-> Formations:  B'B'

-> Train controls systems: Sifa, PZB90
-> Couplers: automatic center coupler or hook and screw

Easy recognition guide for RegioShuttle
-> Bulky boxy look
-> low floored section and double doors by the bogies
-> Exhaust pipe visible by the right hand corner of the fronts
-> Cream colored with almost vertical broad red stripes


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