DB Class 440/1440

At some point in the past, as I was daydreaming about the Scandinavian skies, I wrote about the Alstom Coradia Nordic. They became quite active in the snowy north, having replaced a variety of vintage rolling stocks across a wide spectrum of services. Little did I know. They had cousins, the Coradia Continental, who made their way south to Germany. Some of them even settled right in my current backyard, humbly serving on the busy S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr.

440 024 im Bahnhof Donauwörth
Von Muellean in der Wikipedia auf Deutsch (Andreas Müller) - Eigenes Werk des ursprünglichen Hochladers, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, Link

9480 1440 314-1 D-DB.jpg
Von IPRobin - Eigenes Werk, CC-BY-SA 4.0, Link

These electric multiple-units are known as the Class 440 (newer versions are called the Class 1440). They had been roaming far and wide in the Vaterland since the late 2000s. Having a top authorized speed of 100 mph, these trainsets not only could operate in frequent-stop suburban commutes, they are fully capable of running as RegionalBahn or RegionalExpress trains.

Alstom Coradia Continental Dresden Hauptbahnhof.JPG
Von Rainerhaufe (Diskussion) 09:13, 13. Mai 2016 (CEST) - Eigenes Werk Originaltext: selbst fotografiert, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, Link

Since they come in quite a few different sizes and shapes, I will leave it up to the good ole Wikipedia to keep you better informe. Don't ever be shy to click around.


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