Danish State Railways (DSB)

DSB receives first EuroCity trainsets from Talgo

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The Danish State Railways (DSB) has announced the arrival of the first EuroCity (EC) trainset. DSB, in collaboration with the renowned train manufacturer Talgo, is set to fine-tune and conduct rigorous testing in the coming months. The objective is to finalise details and secure the necessary approvals, with the expectation that the trains will begin commercial operations in the autumn of 2024.

This fleet renewal aims to enhance sustainability and operational stability, as well as reduce overall operating costs for the rail operator. This development is part of DSB’s broader initiative to revitalise its train fleet, transitioning from predominantly diesel-powered sets to modern electric and eco-friendly alternatives. Beyond the environmental benefits, passengers can anticipate a more comfortable and connected travel experience.

Indeed, EuroCity offers contemporary design, improved comfort, and a sustainable approach to transportation. Their larger width in cross-border traffic provides more interior space for a higher level of comfort to the 492 passengers that can be on each train at one time. The trains, with a unique rolling assembly technology, can reduce energy consumption by up to 30 per cent compared to industry standards. Also, The recoverability of the train structure is 95 per cent. The trains, part of the Talgo 230 platform, boast a design speed of 230 km/h and an operating speed of 200 km/h.

The newly arrived trainsets are poised to become a key element of Denmark’s future rail network, especially along international routes connecting Copenhagen and Aarhus to Hamburg (Copenhagen-Hamburg, Aarhus-Hamburg).

Talgo 230 in Denmark (Photo: Talgo press release/ Konstantin Planinski )

Fleet renewal

DSB initially awarded Talgo a 500 million euro framework contract, with a 134 million euro order for 8 trains. Subsequent orders in April 2021 (additional coaches) and April 2023 (8 more trains, 184 million euro) expanded the fleet’s passenger capacity by 10 per cent.

Flemming Jensen, CEO of DSB, expressed optimism about this significant development, stating, “The reception of the first trains marks a milestone in the most extensive transformation of DSB’s train fleet ever. In the coming years, the ageing primarily diesel-powered train sets will be replaced by modern electric and more environmentally friendly trains.”

The order for eight EC trainsets, initially placed in February 2020, was later doubled to 16 trainsets and 16 control cars by 2023. The first batch of eight trainsets is scheduled for delivery in 2024, with an additional eight trainsets and 16 control cars expected in 2026-2027. Talgo’s EC trains have also been commissioned by Germany’s Deutsche Bahn (DB), underscoring their appeal on an international scale.

Talgo 230 interior(Photo: Talgo press release/ Crausfotografia)


The timeline for the train fleet renewal, outlined by DSB, spans from the order of EB locomotives in 2018 to the projected launch of the first fully automated S-trains in 2030. Commencing in 2018, DSB initiated the process by placing an order for the initial batch of 26 EB locomotives from the German company Siemens, with the possibility of an additional 16 units. By 2020, DSB extended its procurement by ordering 8 EC trainsets from the Spanish manufacturer Talgo. The first three EB locomotives were delivered and promptly introduced into passenger service.

In 2021, DSB further bolstered its fleet by placing an order for 100 electric IC5 train sets on the Coradia Stream platform from the renowned international train manufacturer Alstom. Moving into 2022, a noteworthy achievement was reached as a total of 42 electric EB locomotives were successfully approved and delivered. The following year, in 2023, DSB continued its expansion by ordering an additional 8 EC trainsets from Talgo and enhancing the order with 16 control cars. During the same year, the design of the IC5 was finalised, marking the commencement of its production. DSB also took a step towards the future by putting forth the tender for the procurement of fully automated S-trains.

As the timeline progresses to 2024, the first EC trainsets were received. Anticipated developments include the delivery of the first IC5 to Denmark in 2025, with IC5 slated to be in passenger service by 2027. Looking further ahead, the year 2030 is earmarked for the commencement of operations for the first fully automated S-train, reflecting a comprehensive modernization of Denmark’s railway infrastructure.
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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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