[DK / Expert] Coming soon: Battery trains for Midtjyske Jernbaner?

Soon Midtjyske Jernbaner (MjbaD) from Denmark will be looking for battery-powered trainsets.

In a statement made on social media, Midtjyske Jernbaner has recently confirmed it is currently preparing the tender documentation for a future battery trains order.

Dealing with both passenger and freight traffic, Midtjyske Jernbaner is owned by Midttrafik, the Municipalities of Lemvig, Holstebro, and a number of smaller private shareholders. The company is the only remaining Danish railway to still operate the so-called ‘Y-trains’ – DMUs which were originally built by the German Waggonfabrik Uerdingen and delivered to Denmark 1965-1984. The new battery trains will be replacing them.

Previously, MjbaD also tried tendering for modern DMU trains, however that plan has been abandoned now.

Stadler’s AKKU Flirt and Bombardier’s Talent 3 BEMU – possible options

Market studies for the implementation of battery trains have already been ongoing for some time now. For example, in November 2019, the following post was shared on Midtjyske Jernbaner’s Facebook page, hinting what a Stadler AKKU Flirt could look like in the colors of the company – orange, red, white. Company officials have also paid a visit to Bombardier’s Talent 3 BEMU as well – which is another possibility for the future tender.