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.
|Year(s) of manufacture||1995–1999|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Length over couplers||24,800 mm (81 ft 4+3⁄8 in)|
|Height||3,350 mm (10 ft 11+7⁄8 in)|
|Service weight||49.2 t (48.4 long tons; 54.2 short tons)|
|Top speed||120 km/h (75 mph)|
|Installed power||Rurtalbahn: 2×198 kW (269 PS; 266 hp)|
Nærumbanen: 2×228 kW (310 PS; 306 hp)
|Acceleration||1.1 m/s2 (3.6 ft/s2)|
|Motor make/model||2× MAN D2865 LUH05|
|Brakes||electromagnetic rail brake |
|Parking brake||spring-loaded brake|
|Seats||74 (GWTR 65)|
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.
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.
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:
- Southern Rurtalbahn: Düren – Heimbach
- Northern Rurtalbahn: Düren – Jülich – Linnich (from Jülich part of the Jülich–Dalheim railway)
- Börde railway: Düren – Zülpich – Euskirchen (exclusively tourist traffic at weekends)
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.
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:
- Zwickau Zentrum – Zwickau (Sachs) Hbf – Falkenstein/Vogtl. – Zwotental – Klingenthal – Kraslice (– Karlovy Vary dolní n.) (KBS 539)
- Reichenbach (Vogtl) ob Bf – Herlasgrün – Plauen (Vogtl) ob Bf – Adorf/Vogtl. (KBS 544) Zwickau (Sachs) Hbf –
- Hof – Schönberg/Vogtl. – Mehltheuer – Plauen (Vogtl) ob Bf – Herlasgrün – Falkenstein/Vogtl. – Zwotental – Adorf (Vogtl)
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.
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 Vary – Mariánské Lázně (4 units) and since December 2017 11 units are operated on Šumava local lines České Budějovice – Černý Kříž, Číčenice – Nové Údolí and Strakonice – Volary. 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.
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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to RegioSprinter.|
- Photo gallery at Paul-Zimmer.de
- Photo gallery on the European Railway Server
- Reisebericht: Cross-border railway experiences in the Vogtland
- CZ: Konec vlaků bez toalety. GW Train ukázal novou soupravu pro lokálky
- CZ: NĚMECKÁ VOZIDLA NA ČESKÝCH KOLEJÍCH – ŘADA 654
- CZ: GW Train has lost two trains in the crash between Křemže and Boršov