DSB Class ME

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DSB Class ME
Trekroner Me.jpg
Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Henschel
Build date 1981–85
Total produced 37
UIC class Co′Co′
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Wheel diameter 1,100 mm (43.31 in)
Length 21.00 m (68 ft 10 34 in)
Width 3.15 m (10 ft 4 in)
Height 4.35 m (14 ft 3 14 in)
Loco weight 115.00 t (113.18 long tons; 126.77 short tons)
Prime mover GM E645E3B
Cylinders 16
Transmission Electric
Safety systems ATC (from 1994)
Performance figures
Maximum speed 175 km/h (109 mph)
Power output 3,300 hp (2,461 kW) @ 900 RPM
Tractive effort 360 kN (81,000 lbf)
Operators Danish State Railways
Number in class 37
Numbers 1501–1537

The DSB class ME are a series of diesel-electric locomotives, introduced in 1981. A total of 37 units were built, all by the German factory Henschel for the Danish State Railways (DSB). They were among the very first AC drive locomotives in serial production.


The locomotives were designed to haul the more heavy regional services in Sjælland, Denmark, in the early 1980s, replacing much of the old rolling stock in use at the time.

The first unit, 1501 arrived in 1981 after many years of delay.[citation needed] Three years later, in 1983, DSB had received a total of 30 units.[citation needed] Although there had been some serious trouble with the locomotives,[specify][examples needed] DSB found a solution on the problems,[specify][examples needed] and an additional seven units were delivered.[when?]

All the ME locomotives remain in service in 2014, with the exception of one unit which was scrapped after a fire. However, it is expected that the ME locomotives and the last passenger coaches in service will be replaced by IC3 trainsets when the IC4 trainsets take over intercity services.[citation needed]. But, DSB have given up trying to enable four train sets of the IC4 to be connected, which means that the IC4 can not fill all planned roles.[1]

The units were painted in DSB's blue/red livery, but as of December 2016, they are dark blue. The locos are technically very identical to the NSB Di4.

The chimney is below the air intake of the Bombardier double-decker coaches used in regional services. The air in the couches was found to have a high concentration of diesel particulate matter, which induces cancer. DSB changed the air filters in 2013, providing a DPM reduction of 40%. But the concentration could still induce cancer for train staff, because they spend a long time in the coaches.[2]

ME unit 1533 in the new livery pushing a set of doubledecker coaches out of Valby station.

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  1. ^ https://ing.dk/artikel/dsb-lader-pendlerne-bumle-otte-aar-mere-ukomfortable-ic4-tog-190286
  2. ^ https://ing.dk/artikel/dsbs-gamle-lokomotiver-sender-kraeftfremkaldende-partikler-ind-til-passagererne-173603

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