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class 401-402

class 401-402

Class 401 units were introduced in 1989 and were the original ICE high speed EMUs, capable of 280km/h and usually formed of two power cars and 12 trailers. Class 402 followed a few years later with a single power car, 6 trailers and a driving trailer. Both classes are still in front-line service on many of the main InterCity routes but not the steeply graded Köln - Frankfurt NBS.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 411

class 411

Tilting class 411 and 415 ICEs are used on routes that include severe curvature on some sections but would also benefit from high speed running. In appearance they are very similar to the very high speed non-tilting ICE3 (class 403) but are limited to 230km/h.
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updated : 2017/05/28
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class 424-426

class 424-426

The 4-car class 424 and 425 and 2-car class 426 articulated EMUs were introduced in 1998-9 for regional services and can be found in many parts of Germany.
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class 427/428

class 427/428

Classes 427 and 428 are the three and four car versions of the very successful Stadler Flirt design and are popular with independent regional operators in Germany.
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updated : 2017/03/16
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class 440

class 440

Alstom's Coradia Continental articulated EMUs are Class 440 in the German numbering system and operated by DB and a number of independents including NordWestBahn and Agilis.
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class 474

class 474

Hamburg's S-Bahn is a bit more interesting than most as it's electrified at 1200V DC with bottom-contact third-rail. The system has its own dedicated fleet of 3-car EMUs of different designs to the usual S-Bahn fare. Most services are operated by class 474s, the more modern and more attractive of the two designs in use..
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 610

class 610

The 20 2-car units of class 610 were introduced in 1992 and were DB's first tilting DMUs, built by a consortium of German builders. The 610s used the proven FIAT Pendolino hydraulic tilt system and were unusual in having underfloor engines combined with 3-phase electric transmission. The units spent their lives on the diesel worked lines north-east of Nürnberg where they clocked up an average of around 5 million km each before being withdrawn as non-standard at the end of 2014.
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updated : 2017/05/28
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class 611

class 611

DB's 2-car class 611 tilting DMUs were supposed to be an all-German equivalent of the 610 with air-conditioning, an electric tilt mechanism and hydraulic transmission. Introduced in 1996, they've had numerous problems and are likely to be replaced by class 612 units over the next few years. All 50 sets are based at Ulm and used on RE and RB services on non-electrified routes in Baden-Württemberg.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 612

class 612

The class 612 2-car tilting DMU is a development of the troublesome class 611 and have been reasonably successful, apart from some problems with cracked wheelsets, and around 190 are in traffic with DB Regio. The units are in widespread use on Regio-Express services on un-electrified secondary main lines, particularly in Bayern and Sachsen but less common in Baden-Württemburg and in northern Germany.
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class 628

class 628

The class 628 2-car DMU was introduced in 1974 as a prototype but it was over a decade before a much modified version went into series production in 1987. Over 400 units of classes 628.2 and 628.4 were built over the next decade and they can be found on local services all over Germany. Several units were bought new or acquired second-hand by other operators.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 642

class 642

The class 642 is a lightweight articulated 2-car articulated DMU from the Siemens Desiro range. DB have over 230 642s and they're also popular with independent operators. Although designed for lightly trafficked branch lines, they seem equally at home on main line stopping services and can be found in many parts of Germany and in several other European countries.
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class 648

class 648

The class 648 DMU is a lightweight articulated 2-car unit, designed by Linke-Hofmann-Busch but now built by Alsthom as the Coradia LINT 41 after the French company took over LHB. 648s are in widespread use with DB and independent operators and can be found in many parts of Germany on branch line and main line stopping services.
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class 650

class 650

The class 650 single unit was introduced in 1996 and originally produced by ADtranz at the former DWM plant in Berlin. In 2001 the factory was sold to Stadler and production continued under the auspices of the Swiss company. The 650s are popular in Germany, with DB and the independent sector operating over 450 units.
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