DB Class RS 1 or also Railcar Class 650 of the DB

Railcar BR 650 - the modern local transport diesel railcar

Since 1996 the so-called Stadler Regio-Shuttle RS 1 has been sold. This is a modern suburban diesel railcar, which is characterized by its trapezoidal window bands. Originally, this railcar DB Class RS 1 was developed by Adtranz, which was taken over by Bombardier Transportation, but had to be sold for antitrust reasons to the Stadler Rail AG.

This standard-gauge railcar complies with the UIC standard and is distributed with both the central buffer coupling and the conventional bumper. Throughout Europe, this railcar is widely used by private transport companies, but also by the German Federal Railways. The railcar series 650 is primarily operated low-floor. But there are also models with high-floor construction available. The designation as railcar DB Class RS 1 received the vehicle only from the German Federal Railways. Here are the railcars since 1999 in use.

Details of DB Class RS 1 

Manufacturer: Stadler Rail AG (previously ADtranz)
Length: 25,500 mm
Numbering: DB 650 001-027,
Weight: 40 t
Years of construction: 1996 - 2013
Top speed: 120 km/h
Retirement:All railcars are operational
Number: 497
Power: 2x 257 kW (MAN) /
2x 265 kW (Iveco)
Engine type: MAN or Iveco
Traction motors: 2
Power transmission: hydraulic / mechanical
Train protection: Sifa, PZB90
Axle formula: B'B'
Seats: 71-101
(depending on version)
Interesting facts
The railcar DB Class RS 1 belongs to the construction type B'B'. In the construction type B'B', two bogies coupled together in terms of drive are installed, each with two wheelsets coupled together.

More interesting facts

The locations and operability of the railcar DB Class RS 1

The Series 650 railcar is equipped with MAN diesel engines that can run on both rapeseed oil and diesel. For operation, only a one-man operation, i. only with a train driver, provided. Since each railcar can accommodate only 170 passengers, these trains are often driven as a multiple traction.

Since 2006, these railcars reach a top speed of 140 km/h. In order to overpower even demanding routes with gradients, such as between Boppard and Emmelshausen (Hunsrückbahn), the railcars were equipped with a new spring-loaded and magnetic rail brake system. Altogether about 74 units are in use at the DB. Homes of some models include the train stations Tübingen, Ulm and in Bavaria Traunstein and Traunreut. The use of railcars at the Vogtlandbahn, which supplies their Vogtland network here, is quite significant.