During our last visit to Copenhagen, we were negatively surprised by all the black smoke the old ME series diesel locomotives are allowed to produce in the city's underground S-Bahnstations. Time for a more healthy and environmentally friendly solution. And it will come:
Today the Danish state railways (DSB) published
that its board of directors have approved the plan for the purchase of 26 new electric locomotives. These will replace the locomotives currently used pulling DSB's double deck trains (type Bombardier Twindexx, now mostly pulled by the ME diesels) and they will pull regional trains in the Sjælland area.
The new machine should be of a standard design, which has already proven itself in everyday service. This autumn DSB wants to commence the selection procedure. The first new electrics then should arrive in 2020. The order is a first step in reducing DSB's dependency on the unreliable IC2/IC4
electric diesel trains and increasing the number of electric trains in the country. New electric articulated trains will be purchased too.