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DSB investing in new electric locomotives

Move is another step away from the IC2 and IC4 trains

DSB going loco for new locomotives (photo: iStock)
August 23rd, 2016 3:14 pm| by Christian W
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In a bid to phase out the ageing and contentious IC2 and IC4 trains, the national rail operator DSB has announced plans to purchase 26 new electric locomotives.

DSB explained that it was the first step to cutting all the older ME-diesel locomotives and simultaneously reducing the dependency on the IC2 and IC4 trains longer down the line.

“The new locomotives will benefit the customers and improve operations and timeliness on the rails,” said the transport and building minister, Hans Christian Schmidt.

“Meanwhile, I want to underline that it is great that DSB has got on top financially again to the extent it can undertake such investments without much support from the state.”

READ MORE: DSB pulling IC2 trains from service

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DSB expects the new locomotives to be in service sometime at the beginning of 2020.

It’s no secret that DSB has been trying to offload its IC2 and IC4 trains. The rail operator revealed earlier this month that the IC2 was scheduled to be taken off the rails from September onwards.