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IC4

IC4
DSB's IC4 test train in Århus.
NameIC4
Powertypediesel
CaptionDSB's IC4 test train in Århus.
BuilderAnsaldo Breda, Finmeccanica
Builddatesince 2005
TotalproductionIC4: 31 (83 ordered)
Length86 m
Locoweight160 t
Topspeed200 km/h
Poweroutput2,240 kW
SafetyATC
FirstrundateAugust 7, 2008

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The IC4 is an inter-city train built by Italian AnsaldoBreda for the trans-Great Belt routes of Danske Statsbaner (DSB), Denmark's national railway operator. Under DSB's ‘Good trains for everyone’ plan ('Gode tog til alle'), the intent of the IC4 project was to replace several types of outdated rolling stock. However, various delays have turned the project into a major political issue.

The IC4 units were originally scheduled to enter DSB's Intercity service in 2003. On 25 June 2007, one IC4 unit (trainset no. 4) entered regional service between Århus and Aalborg. On 27 August 2007 another test train entered regional passenger service between Århus and Fredericia in eastern Jutland. Two further units entered regional service during the autumn of 2007. By the end of 2007, DSB and AnsaldoBreda were to have decided when the IC4 would be ready for Intercity and IntercityLyn (express inter-city) services. This, however, required the approval of the Danish National Rail Authority.

The IC4's first long-distance run, from Aalborg to Copenhagen, took place on August 7, 2008, while the train finally received approval for regular usage with multiple connected trainsets on November 9, 2010.


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