The BDcmz 874.1 passenger/baggage composite vehicles were developed by modifying type 246 Bocmh couchette coaches, which in turn had originated from modernised type 243 standard couchette coaches. Four compartments were removed on coach end 1 and converted to a baggage area.
Whenever passengers are travelling with a lot of baggage or with bulky items – day or night – a passenger/baggage composite vehicle is a convenient way to stow it and bring it along. The type 874.1 RIC BDcmz couchette coach provides holders for approx. 20 bicycles, or the generous baggage area can accommodate a comparable quantity of bulky baggage. Thus even groups of bicycle travellers can be transported along with their bicycles on an overnight train.
The BDcmz 874.1 coaches are accessed via swinging-sliding doors on each end and have six compartments – with six seats or couchette beds each – that are connected via a corridor on one side, along with a baggage area approx. 24 m² in size with a wide swinging-sliding door on each side of the vehicle for loading and unloading bicycles, baggage and bulky items. In addition, there is also a conventional conductor compartment. It is possible for the passengers to go from the compartments to the baggage area.
The BDcmz 874.1 couchette coach is an RIC passenger coach and can be operated with the train busbar voltages typical in Europe (1000 V and 1500 V AC, 1500 V and 3 kV DC). The BDcmz 874.1 coaches are air-conditioned and are equipped with a closed WC system and two washing rooms. The BDcmz 874.1 coaches with their MD 36.5 bogies are authorised for operating speeds up to 200 km/h. The vehicles were in use in overnight railway service in Germany and neighbouring countries until 2016.
(for information only)
|maximum speed||200 km/h|
|unladen weight||44 t|
|energy (od. power) supply system||1000 V AC 16.7 Hz, 1500 V AC 50 Hz, 1500 V DC, 3000 V DC|
|entrance from platforms||350 mm ... 760 mm|
|number of doors||1 per side|
|type of doors||swinging-sliding door|
|number of couchette beds||36 seats / couchette beds in 6 compartments|
|toilet system||vacuum system|
|windows||fixed windows, some of them with a hinged fanlight|
|loading doors||1 swinging-sliding door per side|
|bogie / truck||MD36.5|
|bogie wheel base||2,500 mm|
|wheel diameter, new||950 mm|
|wheel diameter, worn||900 mm|
|length over buffers||26,400 mm|
|lenght of car body||26,100 mm|
|distance between bogie pivots||19,000 mm|
|width of car body||2,825 mm|
|height above top of rail||4,050 mm|
|buffers, draw hook, screw coupling||UIC|
|type of brake||KE-GPR (D) [ep] [NBÜ]|
|braked weight / mass||75t, R 70t, P 52t, G 41t|
|energy supply||train busbar, static battery charter and power inverter|
|starter battery||24 V, 385 Ah|