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Electric Multiple Units in Norway


Created for 4rail.net by John McKey. Pictures by Ilkka Siissalo, Gerry Putz, David Gubler, Hannu Peltola and John McKey.

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Norway has a great variety of electric multiple units. To add the interest, many of these are quite personal looking and great care taken into design and technology in the demanding conditions. Look at the EMU on the left: the nose design is both stylish and minimizes the shock wave when entering the frequent tunnels in the country.

There are pages for the Diesel Multiple Units, Electric Locomotives and Diesel Locomotives.


Electric Multiple Unit Classes: Flytoget Bm71 * Bm76 * NSB Bm69 * Bm70 * Bm72 * Bm73 * Bm73b * Bm74 * Bm75 *

   
Flytoget
Bm76 EMUs of Flytoget NEW
Flytoget is looking for 8+6 more EMUs for its Gardemoen-Oslo traffic. The trainsets should be manufactured for speeds of up to 210 km/h / 130 mph and accommodate around 200-250 seated passengers. Decision making and order should happen by March-April 2015 and the first trains enter service in late 2016. This should be well in time for the Gardemoen Terminal 2 opening 2017 when the sets will be needed.
Flytoget, Oslo airport, Norway Bm71 EMUs of Flytoget
The Bm71 class EMUs were acquired for the traffic between the center of Oslo, capital of Norway and the Gardemoen airport outside of the city. The operator is a separate entity Flytoget. A few years ago the now 4 coach units received the forth middle coach for increased capacity.
   
Units built: 16, built in 1978 - 1979, additional cars 2008-2009   
Unit numbers: 
Maximum allowed speed: 210 km/h (130 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Between the center of Oslo and Gardemoen airport.

 
  Detailed information on Bm71 class and units... 
   
NSB
NSB Bm75 number 507 in Oslo, Norway

Bm75 Flirt EMUs of NSB
Latest addition to NSB growing EMU fleet are Stadler Flirt3 trains for local (Bm74) and regional (Bm75) traffic.

Units built to class Bm75: 30 + (17)    
Unit numbers: Bm 75 501 - 547
Maximum allowed speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Norwegian regional traffic


  Detailed information on Bm75 class and units... 

NSB Bm74 number 110 in Sulgen, Switzerland Bm74 Flirt EMUs of NSB
Latest addition to NSB growing EMU fleet are Stadler Flirt3 trains for local (Bm74) and regional (Bm75) traffic.

Units built to class Bm74: 24 + (4)  
Unit numbers: Bm 74 001 - 028
Maximum allowed speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Norwegian local traffic


  Detailed information on Bm74 class and units... 
NSB Bm73b in red, Oslo, Norway Bm73b EMUs of NSB
Bm73b can be found on many longer "regional routes" including the occasional destinations from Norway to Sweden. Interestingly designed EMU of NSB seems to be very popular in front of cameras of many rail pros and railfans.

Units built: 6, built in 2001   
Unit numbers: 73041/841/241/141 - 73046/846/246/146
Maximum allowed speed: 210 km/h (130 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Norwegian fast traffic


  Detailed information on Bm73b class and units... 
NSB Bm73 008 in blue, Oslo, Norway Bm73 EMUs of NSB
Bm73 EMUs are used on long distance routes for Norwegian internal traffic. As the looks tell, these are quite similar to Bm73b, but painted in blue and silver.

Units built: 16, built in 1999 - 2000    
Unit numbers: 
Maximum allowed speed: 210 km/h (130 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Norwegian fast traffic


  Detailed information on Bm73 class and units... 

Bm72 EMUs of NSB
Class Bm72 EMUs for Norway are one of the very few successful EMUs outside Italy built by Ansaldo-Breda. Despite the manufacturers reputation these trains are sai to be working well.
   
Units built: 32, built in 2001 - 2005   
Unit numbers: 72 01x - 72 32x  
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Norwegian regional traffic

 
  Detailed information on class Bm72... 
NSB Class 69 number 145, Oslo, Norway Bm70 EMU of NSB
Class Bm70 EMUs for Oslo regional traffic were NSB opening for regional traffic, where growth was expected in 1990s. Capable of running in multiple with type Bm69.
   
Units built: 16, built in 1992 - 1996, Adtranz, Düwag, Vst. Sundland   
Unit numbers: 70001 - 706xx 
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz
Usage: Norwegian regional traffic

 
  Detailed information on class Bm70... 
NSB Bm69 number 044, Oslo, Norway Bm69 EMU of NSB
Earlier incredibly common sight on Oslo local traffic these EMUs have clocked millions of kilometers. A number of different build and rebuilt versions of it also exist.
   
Units built: 85, built in 1969 - 1994, Strømmen 
Unit numbers: 69001 - 690xx 
Maximum allowed speed: 130 km/h (81 mph)  
Electrical systems: 
all 15kV 16,7 Hz, 1215 kW (1630 hp)
Usage: Oslo local and regional traffic

 
  Detailed information on class Bm69... 
   
   
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Class Bm73b of NSB (Norwegian Railways)

NSB Bm73b in red, Oslo, Norway
NSB Bm73b in red and Class 69 number 624, Oslo, Norway
NSB BM73 at Trollhättan Sweden

Bm73b is a handsomely designed and painted Norwegian long distance EMU that can occasionally seen in Sweden too. Each unit of the fleet has 4 modules, that can be coupled together for multiple unit operations within the type. One of the easiest places for spotting this train is at Oslo central station.


Technical details for class Bm73b of NSB
-> Builder: Adtranz (now part of Bombardier) 
-> EMU type: BM73B   
-> Owned and operated by: NSB, Norwegian Railways
-> Delivered to use: 2001  
-> Number of units built: 6  
-> Units in operation: 6   
-> Unit numbers: 73041/841/241/141 - 73046/846/246/146  
-> Configuration: four tilting modules coupled together  
-- Bo'2'+2'2'+2'Bo'+2'Bo'
-- classes: BM + B + BMU + BFM

-> Capacity: 242 seats + 3 folding seats + room for a one chair 
- 30 in NSB comfort class
- 212 in second class
- train includes as separate luggage room
- 4 toilets and one bathroom

-> operations area: Oslo, Norway to Göteborg/Gothenburg in Sweden 

-> Unit length: 108 meters (360'), end modules 27,7 m, middle sections 25,6 m
-> Unit width:  m
-> Unit height: 3,7 m
-> Electrical feed: 15 kV 16,7 Hz
-> Unit power: 15kV 16,7 Hz: 2646 kW (3600 Hp)
-- 6 x 441 kW for each unit
-- track motors of type ABB MJA250
-> Power to track: 120 kN
-> Power to weight ratio: 7,2 (W/kg)
-> Operational max. speed: 210 km/h (130 mph)

-> Train control: Swedish and Norwegian   
-> Mass, metric tons: 215 metric tons   
-> Gauge: 1435 mm (normal 4' 8,5'' gauge)
-> Wheel diameter as new: 870 mm
-> Coupler type: Scharfenberg? 
-> Multiple operations: up to 4 similar units 

-> Axle weight max: max. under 17 tons

-> Other:
- units are air conditioned for both passengers and train personnel
- Wifi is included to services today  
- sister Bm73a type with 16 units are used internally in Norway and painted blue-silver


Easy recognition guide
-> 4 module strikingly designed tilting long distance EMU with raised windshields and high nose. 
-> red base color with silver upper body, gray bogies and under structure, newest paint scheme has a broad red stripe at the top of the nose.

Pictures
 
An excellent recognition view of the NSB Bm73b set at Oslo central station. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

  Here the Bm73b units is seen with one of the many variants for local EMU class Bm69. Location is Oslo center too. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

  Tilting NSB Bm73b sets can also be seen frequently visiting curvy tracks of Sweden.

   

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