Deutsche Bahn Class 605

The ICE-TD (InterCity Express-Tilting Diesel) or Deutsche Bahn Class 605 is a diesel-electric multiple unit designed and manufactured by Siemens and Bombardier of Germany. A total of 20 four-car trainsets were built between 1998 and 2001. Each car has a 560 kW (750 hp) Cummins diesel engine and a powered bogie with both axles powered. The ICE-TD has an axle load of 14.5 tonnes (16 tons) and weighs a total of 216 tonnes (238 tons). The electro-mechanical titling system on the ICE-TD is developed by Siemens unlike its electric counterpart, the ICE-T, which uses the hydraulic Pendolino system developed by Fiat (Alstom). The ICE-TD can tilt up to 8 degrees. The top speed of the ICE-TD in service is 200 km/h (125 mph) and a top speed of 222 km/h (138 mph) has been reached in test runs.


Deutsche Bahn and DSB (Danske Statsbaner or Danish State Railways) are the only operators of the ICE-TD. Operationally the ICE-TD has not been very successful as it is said that they are expensive to operate and are plagued with technical problems. However the concept of tilting diesel multiple units enabled many countries to operate faster train services on existing rail lines.

Second Class cabin of the ICE-TD

First Class cabin of the ICE-TD

Comments

Anonymous said…
Cool. I love the idea of tilting diesels! Would be an awesome sight to see at high speed on corners!
Train of the Week said…
There are quite a few videos of the ICE-TD but I'm not able to find one where it corners in high speed, here are the videos anyway. I however do have a video of the Pendolino and Super Voyager tilting in a corner.
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