The railcar DB Class RS1 belongs to the type B'B'. Type B'B' has two drive-coupled bogies, each with two coupled wheelsets.

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Since 1996 the so-called Stadler Regio-Shuttle RS1 has been sold. This is a modern suburban diesel railcar, which is characterized by its trapezoidal window bands. Originally, this railcar DB Class RS1 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 RS1 received the vehicle only from the German Federal Railways. Here are the railcars since 1999 in use.

Details of the railcar DB Class RS1


  • Manufacturer: Stadler Rail AG
  • Length: 25500 mm
  • Numbering: DB 650 001–027, 100–122, 201–203, 301–327
  • Weight: 40 t
  • Years of construction: 1996 - 2013
  • Top speed : 120 km/h
  • Retirement: all railcars are operational
  • Numbers: 497
  • Power: 2x 257 kW (MAN) / 2x 265 kW (Iveco)
  • Engine type: MAN oder Iveco
  • Power transmission: hydraulic / mechanic
  • Command: Sifa, PZB90

The locations and operability of the railcar DB Class RS1

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.