Posted: 17 April 2009
|Camera:||Canon EOS 1000D|
|Focal Length:||48 mm|
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I know this picture’s boring, but it’s one more type of DMU to cross of my list, so here it is.
The Regio-Shuttle (there is no RS2, so I tend to drop the RS1) was another answer to the call for new, modern DMUs for branchlines, just like the Siemens Desiro Continental, Bombardier Talent, Alstom LHB Coradia LINT and Stadler GTW 2/6. It deviates from the standard concept (as far as there is any one, anyway) by being a single unit vehicle, instead of something articulated. That also means it can carry less passengers, but for small branchlines that may be an advantage. A characteristic point is that it’s internal structure is not a plain tube like it’s competitors, but instead uses a truss construction which can easily be seen at the windows. It comes with normal couplings (seen here, more usual) or automatic Scharffenberg-couplers
Originally, the vehicle was built by Adtranz. When Adtranz was bought by Bombardier, competition authorities demanded that this line should be sold off, which now makes it a product of swiss Stadler, although it’s still produced in Germany - Berlin, to be precise, a factory Stadler bought along with the train.
When used with DB, it is known as class 650. It’s very popular in the south and east of germany (for DB only the south, the east is Desiro country). This one, standing in Berlin Lichtenberg, belongs to appropriately-named Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH (east german railroad), ODEG in short, a cooperation of Prignitzer Eisenbahn (in turn owned by Arriva) and Benex (owned by Hamburger Hochbahn, who operate rapid and normal transit in Hamburg), and I like the colors.