DBAG Class 612

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DBAG Class 612
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Class 612 078
Quantity 192
Manufacturer Adtranz, Hennigsdorf factory
Bombardier Transportation
Entered service 1998-2003
Axle arrangement 2'B'+ B'2'
Length over buffers 51.750 m (169 ft 9 38 in)
Service weight 119 t (117 long tons; 131 short tons)
Top speed 160 km/h (99 mph)
Motor make/model (?)
Motor type Diesel motor
Power transmission Hydraulic
Brakes KE-R-A-Mg-H
Seats 122 (130) Second Class
24 (16) First Class

The DBAG Class 612 is a two car, tilting, diesel multiple unit operated by the Deutsche Bahn for fast regional rail services on unelectrified lines.

General information[edit]

The Class are a two car tilting DMU built between 1998 and 2003 by Adtranz in Hennigsdorf which later became Bombardier Transportation. The class are also known as RegioSwingers.

They were developed to replace the problematic DB Class 611. The sets worked fine between 1998 and 2004 until cracks were detected in a number of wheel sets and so the tilting system was disabled and curves on lines had to have reduced speed limits, which affected the timetables and connections. From 2005 the trains had the wheel sets replaced and the tilting system was back up and running. The maximum tilt is 8°.

After ICE TD class 605 was grounded due to a fracture of an axle in one unit, it was replaced by class 612 on the Dresden-Munich line 2003, as replacement by anything other than a tilting DMU would have meant an extension of travel time. Even though class 612 was not constructed for ICE-type travelling comfort, 16 units were repainted in the ICE paint scheme and renumbered as class 612.4.

The RegioSwinger design is also used by Croatian Railways as class HŽ 7123.

Liveries[edit]

All units are in the standard Verkehrsrot Red livery. In 2003 17 units were painted in the ICE scheme of White with a red band, however, these are now back in all red.

Services[edit]

Class 612 are used on the following services in the different regions (2012):

DB Regio Bayern[edit]

  • IRE 1 Nürnberg - Bayreuth - Hof - Plauen - Zwickau - Chemnitz – Dresden
  • RE Hof/Bayreuth – Lichtenfels – Saalfeld
  • RE Hof – Bamberg
  • RE Hof – Würzburg
  • RE Hof – Nürnberg
  • RB Lichtenfels – Kronach
  • RE Regensburg – Schwandorf – Weiden – Marktredwitz – Hof
  • RE Würzburg – Bamberg – Hof/Bayreuth
  • RE Nürnberg – Schwandorf/Weiden
  • RB Würzburg – Schweinfurt – Ebenhausen – Bad Kissingen
  • RE Nürnberg – Donauwörth – Augsburg – Buchloe – Kempten – Immenstadt – Lindau/Oberstdorf (called "Allgäu-Franken-Express")
  • RE Lindau – Immenstadt – Kempten – Memmingen – Ulm
  • RE Oberstdorf – Immenstadt – Kempten – Memmingen – Ulm
  • RE Lindau - Kempten - Augsburg

DB Regio Nordrhein-Westfalen[edit]

  • RE 17 Hagen – Schwerte (Ruhr) – Fröndenberg – Arnsberg (Westf) – Meschede – Bestwig – Brilon-Wald – Marsberg – Warburg (Westf) – Hofgeismar – Grebenstein – Kassel Hbf – Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe

DB Regio Rhein Neckar[edit]

  • RE 4 Karlsruhe – Graben-Neudorf – Germersheim – Speyer – Ludwigshafen – Worms – Mainz

DB Regio Südwest[edit]

  • RE 3 Frankfurt (Main) Hbf – Mainz – Bad Kreuznach – Kirn – Idar-Oberstein – Türkismühle – Saarbrücken
  • RE 11 Saarbrücken - Saarlouis - Merzig - Trier
  • RE 12 Trier – Bitburg – Gerolstein – Kall – Euskirchen – Köln
  • RE 25 Koblenz Hbf – Limburg (Lahn) – Wetzlar – Gießen
  • IRE Stuttgart Hbf — Tübingen Hbf — Sigmaringen( — Aulendorf)/ — Rottenburg( — Horb)(Stuttgart Hbf — Tübingen Hbf only calling at Reutlingen Hbf)

DB Regio Südost[edit]

  • RE 4 Hannover Hbf – Hildesheim – Goslar – Bad Harzburg – Halberstadt – Halle (Saale) (– Leipzig)
  • RE 6 Leipzig – Chemnitz
  • RE 16 Leipzig – Altenburg – Reichenbach (V.) – Hof/Adorf
  • RE 1 Dresden – Bischofswerda – Görlitz
  • RE 2 Dresden – Bischofswerda – Zittau – Liberec – Tanvald
  • RE 3 Nürnberg – Marktredwitz – Hof – Zwickau – Chemnitz – Dresden
  • RE 1 Göttingen – Gotha – Erfurt – Gera – Gößnitz – Zwickau/Chemnitz
  • RE 3 Erfurt – Gera – Altenburg
  • RE 14 Erfurt – Meiningen
  • RE 7 Würzburg – Suhl – Erfurt
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