RegioSprinter

The RegioSprinter is a German diesel railcar built by Siemens-Duewag for rapid regional railway services. Originally the RegioSprinter was designated as a Regional Combustion-engined Railbus (Regional-Verbrennungstriebwagen or RVT) by Duewag.

RegioSprinter
Zwickau TrainTram.jpg
QuantityDKB/Rurtalbahn: 17
Vogtlandbahn: 18
Nærumbanen: 4
ManufacturerSiemens/Duewag
Year(s) of manufacture1995–1999
Axle arrangementA+2+A
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Length over couplers24,800 mm (81 ft 4+38 in)
Height3,350 mm (10 ft 11+78 in)
Service weight49.2 t (48.4 long tons; 54.2 short tons)
Top speed120 km/h (75 mph)
Installed powerRurtalbahn: 2×198 kW (269 PS; 266 hp)
Nærumbanen: 2×228 kW (310 PS; 306 hp)
Acceleration1.1 m/s2 (3.6 ft/s2)
Motor make/modelMAN D2865 LUH05
Brakeselectromagnetic rail brake
retarder
Parking brakespring-loaded brake
Seats74 (GWTR 65)
Standing places84

Developed as prototypes for fast regional railway services on the plains, the RegioSprinter still has the fastest acceleration of any multiple unit or railbus in Germany. Due to several technical and conceptual defects, however, only very few were built. Based on their experience with the Regiosprinter Siemens developed its successor, the Desiro, which was initially marketed as the Regiosprinter 2.

In 1999, all the Vogtlandbahn vehicles were converted to meet tramway regulations (BO Strab), in order to be able to transfer to a tram line in the centre of Zwickau.

DesignEdit

The vehicles are designed with three sections. In the two, single-axled end modules are the driver's cabs and the drive units like those on trams. In the middle is a twin-axled, unmotored module.

Two thirds of the vehicle has a low floor. The seats are arranged in a 2+3 configuration, there is no toilet due to the short journey distances envisaged. Late the Vogtlandbahn had to fit all its vehicles with toilets, because otherwise cross-border services to the Czech Republic would not have been possible.

OperationsEdit

 
A Rurtalbahn railbus ready to depart at Düren Hbf

RurtalbahnEdit

In 1995 the Dürener Kreisbahn bought a total of 17 RegioSprinter for the Rurtalbahn (Rur Valley Railway), which were deployed to the two sections of line radiating from Düren, replacing the Uerdingen railbuses. Today (as at 2006), RegioSprinter are used on the following lines:

Under contract to DB Regio NRW there is also a railbus in service on the RB 39 route (Schwalm-Nette-Bahn) between Mönchengladbach Hbf and Dalheim.

Because the vehicle fleet of the Rur Valley railway has a large reserve, in past years RegioSprinters from this company have helped out on other private railways, for example on the Dortmund-Märkischen Eisenbahn, the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn and the VIAS.

VogtlandbahnEdit

 
VBG in Zwotental

From 1996 the Vogtlandbahn bought a total of 18 vehicles for use on the lines from Zwickau to Adorf/Vogtl. and Reichenbach im Vogtl. to Klingenthal. Because the completion of these routes was repeatedly delayed after their refurbishment, the new vehicles initially worked the line from Zwickau to Bad Brambach. At present the railbuses are in services on the following Vogtlandbahn lines:

Until the timetable change in December 2006 the Vogtlandbahn's RegioSprinters were also on duty on the VB 7 line between Schönberg/Vogtland and Schleiz West. Services on this route were withdrawn on 9 December 2006 by the local public transport company of the free state of Thuringia.

Moreover, in 2006 two of the railbuses (VT 36 and VT 39) were hired to the Prignitz railway, which used them on their lines in the western Ruhrgebiet due to a shortage of stock.

Nærumbanen (Denmark)Edit

 
A RegioSprinter of the Nærumbanen

In 1999 the Nærumbanen (LNJ) in the Copenhagen area bought four RegioSprinter railbuses and deployed them on the line between Nærum and Jægersborg.

Since 2002 operations have been run by Lokalbanen A/S (LB), which took over several smaller railway companies in the Copenhagen area. The railbuses were owned at the time by the Hovedstadens Lokalbaner, which hired them to the LB.

GW Train Regio (Czechia)Edit

Since 2016, 15 units were purchased and operated by a Czech private operator GW Train Regio (previously known as Viamont, a.s.), who operated the route Karlovy Vary – Mariánské Lázně since 2006 with Regiosprinter units rented from Vogtlandbahn. Purchased units (11 from Rurtalbahn, 4 from Vogtlandbahn) were refurbished by Czech company CZ Loko, with new seats Borcad REGIO+, a new accessible toilet, air conditioning, WiFi, power outlets for passengers. Since September 2016 are operated on route Karlovy VaryMariánské Lázně (4 units) and since December 2017 11 units are operated on Šumava local lines České BudějoviceČerný Kříž, ČíčeniceNové Údolí and StrakoniceVolary. It seems to be the biggest fleet of Regiosprinters at the moment.

One unit was damaged beyond repair after the frontal crash with another train (former DB 628 unit) on May 3rd 2018. While the 628 unit was returned to the service, the Regiosprinter was left to be used for spare parts and another unit was from bought from Rurtalbahn, sent for the same upgrade as previous units to refill the fleet.

Calgary TransitEdit

In 1996 Calgary Transit experimented with a new commuter rail service from Anderson station (Calgary) to a temporary station at 162 Ave. The RegioSprinters operated on a CP rail line adjacent to the LRT rails today. Service ended in 2001 with the opening of the line extension which served from Anderson station (Calgary) to Somerset-Bridlewood station. Somerset-Bridlewood station is approximately 500m south of the original 162 Ave Station.

See alsoEdit

Regioshuttle

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