All DMU articles

  • Northern Class 156 DMU at Deansgate (Photo Northern)
    Rail Business UK

    Modelling tool to optimise DMU fuel consumption


    UK: A modelling tool is being developed to help Northern Trains optimise speeds and braking patterns to minimise the fuel consumed by its fleet of 276 diesel multiple-units. The tool will use the specific topography of Northern’s routes, combined with real consumption data. It is being ...

  • Northern Class 156 DMU
    Rail Business UK

    Northern Trains plans framework contract for 450 multiple-units


    UK: Northern Trains has invited expressions of interest in a framework contract covering the supply of up to 450 multiple-units to replace ‘significant quantities of its ageing fleet’. Firm orders would be placed in phases. The initial order would be for ‘multi-mode’ multiple-units, with Northern having ...

  • Tren Maya first trainset delivered

    First Tren Maya coach delivered


    MEXICO: The first four passenger vehicles for the Tren Maya project have arrived by road in Cancún, Quintana Roo state, from Alstom’s assembly plant in Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo. Announcing the development on July 10, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the event held at ...

  • SŽ-Pp has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a further 20 Flirt diesel multiple-units from 2025.

    Slovenian operator orders more Flirt DMUs


    SLOVENIA: National passenger operator SŽ-Pp has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a further 20 Flirt diesel multiple-units from 2025. The DMUs will have provision for possible future conversion to electric operation. The €148·3m contract was signed on June 14 during an event to mark the ...

  • Nagatoshi station

    Japanese railway to test biofuel


    JAPAN: West Japan Railway is to test the use of biofuels to power diesel multiple-units on the Sanin Main Line between Shimonoseki and Nagatoshi.

  • Angola CFB CRRC Tangshan DMU

    CRRC DMUs enter service on Lobito – Benguela line


    ANGOLA: Three diesel multiple-units supplied by CRRC Tangshan have entered revenue service on the Lobito – Benguela line. The trains are being used on the Ombaka Express service operated by Caminho de Ferro de Benguela; the Lobito to Benguela journey takes 30 min. An adult ticket ...

  • Transport for Wales Rail Class 230 battery-diesel hybrid multiple-unit.
    Rail Business UK

    Class 230s finally enter service with Transport for Wales


    UK: Transport for Wales has run its first Class 230 battery-diesel hybrid trainset in passenger service on the Wrexham – Bidston Borderlands Line. Tony Miles reports.

  • TfW Rail Class 175 DMU
    Rail Business UK

    Transport for Wales Class 175s face slow return to traffic


    UK: The return of Transport for Wales’ Class 175 DMU fleet to full service will be a slow process, according to Chief Operating Officer Jan Chaudhry van der Velde. Most of the fleet was taken out of service at the beginning of March after a series ...

  • TfW Flirt naming ceremony
    Rail Business UK

    Transport for Wales launches Class 231 Flirt DMUs


    UK: Transport for Wales officially launched its fleet of Stadler Flirt Class 231 diesel multiple-units into revenue service with a ceremony at Caerphilly on March 29, at which unit 231001 was named ‘Sultan’. Ordered from Stadler as part of a £800m fleet replacement programme, the 11 ...

  • Ferrovie Appulo Lucane DMU.

    Narrow gauge DMU order


    ITALY: Ferrovie Appulo Lucane has awarded Stadler a €23·6m contract to supply three diesel multiple-units for its 950 mm gauge network in Puglia. The three-car partially low-floor units will include an accessible toilet. Stadler Bussnang was the sole bidder for the contract which was tendered in ...

  • IE Class 29000 DMU with Aura livery

    Iarnród Éireann DMUs reliveried


    IRELAND: Commercial vehicle graphics specialist Aura Brand Solutions has reliveried 17 Iarnród Éireann four-car CAF Class 29000 diesel multiple-units as part of their mid-life refurbishment. This involved the removal of all existing branding and full anti-corrosion treatment, followed by the preparation and spray painting of the ...

  • Erfurter Bahn RegioShuttle (Photo: Erfurter Bahn).

    Erfurter Bahn DMU refurbishment financed


    GERMANY: Commercial bank Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen has arranged financing for the overhaul and refurbishment of 29 Erfurter Bahn RegioShuttle diesel multiple-units. Following an international tender, in November 2022, the Land of Thüringen awarded incumbent Erfurter Bahn the Ostthüringennetz contract to operate passenger services around Erfurt, Weimar, ...

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    Ferrovie della Calabria unveils narrow gauge DMU


    ITALY: The first of four 950 mm gauge Stadler SRDe 212 diesel multiple-units for Ferrovie della Calabria was unveiled at Cosenza station on February 1. The two-car DMUs ordered in February 2021 have large windows, facing seats and low-floor areas with dedicated ...

  • Northern Intelligent Trains concept train 150136 at Manchester Victoria (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Northern unveils Intelligent Train for in-service infrastructure monitoring


    UK: Rail Business UK joins a demonstration run of a diesel multiple-unit which has been equipped to undertake infrastructure monitoring while in passenger service.

  • EMR Class 170 DMU (Photo: EMR)
    Rail Business UK

    Asking passengers what they want from train interiors


    UK: A report into what passengers want from train interiors has been produced to help inform the proposed refurbishment of Turbostar diesel multiple-units. Built by Bombardier Transportation from the late 1990s, the units are widely deployed by various train operators on regional services across the British ...

  • Marcopolo Prosper VLT DMU impression

    Marcopolo Rail to supply DMUs to rebuilt Chilean narrow-gauge line


    CHILE: National operator EFE Trenes de Chile has signed a contract for Marcopolo Rail to supply three two-car Prosper VLT diesel multiple-units for the recently modernised metre-gauge Talca – Constitución line. Brazilian bus manufacturer Marcopolo announced at the NT Expo trade fair in São Paulo in ...

  • Railcoop says that an initial audit by ACC-M of the X72500 diesel multiple-units it has acquired for its planned Lyon – Bordeaux service found that they are in good condition.

    Railcoop makes progress with DMU fleet but passenger service launch remains elusive


    FRANCE: Community interest open access operator Railcoop says that an initial audit by ACC-M of the X72500 diesel multiple-units it has acquired for its planned Lyon – Bordeaux service found that they are in good condition. Railcoop has taken on a fleet of nine DMUs from ...

  • EAV Stadler battery-diesel multiple-unit (3)

    Diesel-battery multiple-units enter service in Napoli


    ITALY: The first two diesel-battery multiple-units that Stadler has supplied for Campania regional operator EAV entered service on the Napoli – Piedimonte Matese line on November 24. EAV ordered five Stadler diesel-battery multiple-units in May 2019 at a cost of €35m plus ...

  • First TfW Rail CAF Class 197 DMU in passenger service (Photo Tony Miles) (3)
    Rail Business UK

    Soft launch for Transport for Wales Class 197 DMUs


    UK: The first of the 77-strong fleet of Class 197 diesel multiple-units entered service with Transport for Wales Rail on November 14. Without any pre-announcement or ceremony, unit 197 004 carried its first passengers on the 05.30 from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Ffestiniog, spending the rest ...

  • West Midlands Trains CAF Class 196 DMU (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    CAF Class 196 enters service with West Midlands Trains


    UK: The first of 26 CAF Class 196 diesel multiple-units ordered by West Midlands Trains has entered service.