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Deutsche Bahn spending €600 mln on diesel trains

The Local · 18 Apr 2011, 16:08

Published: 18 Apr 2011 16:08 GMT+02:00

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The first engines from the Canadian conglomerate Bombardier should be delivered by 2013 and deliveries will continue to 2020, Deutsche Bahn said in a statement.

The locomotives, which feature four compact industrial diesel engines instead of just one, meet stringent new European Union emissions standards and are to be used for the company’s regional operations as well as Europe-wide freight transport.

Their top speed is 160 kilometers per hour (99 mph). The company and its subsidiaries already have 680 similar locomotives, and Deutsche Bahn called the technology “proven.”

Deutsche Bahn technology head Dr. Volker Kefer said in the statement that the order would “reduce maintenance costs and keep operational uses flexible.”

The order comes on the heels of a different agreement with Bomardier’s competitor Siemens to purchase 300 trains to replace Deutsche Bahn’s aging Inter-City and Euro-City fleet and part of its high-speed ICE fleet.

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22:44 April 19, 2011 by olog-hai
This is a tricky move. The more moving parts you add to a vehicle, the more unreliable and expensive it becomes to maintain; this is just simple thermodynamics. It's not efficient to go from having one "prime mover" diesel running all four traction motors, at lower revolutions per minute and lower operating temperatures, to having a separate engine for each axle with double the revolutions per minute and who knows how much more heat. There are American-built diesel-electrics out there that are still on the rails after four decades; I don't see these engines lasting anywhere near as long.
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