Inter-Regio Passenger Coaches 2nd Class Bimdz, Model 268, with Multipurpose Area

The Bimdz Inter-Regio passenger coach is a vehicle approved in accordance with the RIC regulatory requirements for use in passenger transportation in the RIC area. The vehicle model 268 was built between 1992 and 2000. As part of the acquisition of aesthetically striking coaches for Inter-Regio transportation, compartment coaches of type Bm 234 were used as ‘donor coaches’.

The Bimdz 268 coaches have a permitted top speed of 200 km/h in passenger operation and implement a very short braking distance. Magnetic rail brakes provide the coaches with a brake weight of 103 metric tonnes. Without magnetic brakes, the coach may run in Germany with a brake weight of 71 tonnes or 66 tonnes with up to 160 km/h.

As an RIC passenger coach, the coach is approved for international passenger transportation.

The Bimdz 268 has over 55 second class seats and 11 folding seats. The multipurpose area offer room for several bicycles, prams, or wheelchairs. The Bimdz from HEROS are equipped with an expanded boarding area, so that boarding with prams or wheelchairs can occur more easily.

The Bimdz 268 is sometimes equipped with a closed WC system or can be retrofitted.

Many of the Bimdz coaches are planned for a variety of voltage systems for power and can be operated with train line voltages of AC 1000 V 16.7 Hz, AC 1500 V 50 Hz, DC 1500 V, and DC 3000 V.

Similar to coaches without multi-purpose compartment type 264, the version with the multi-purpose compartment, type 268, is also supported on a Minden-Deutz 36 bogie. These bogies are often also called "MD36" or "LD36". The advantages of the MD36 bogie are that they are RIC bogies and therefore familiar to rail workshops in a lot of different countries, so easily maintained.

Bimdz 268 coaches are often operated in combination with Aimz 261 and Bimz 264 coaches.

HEROS offers the 268 for lease and sale.

Photograph of Long Distance Passenger Carriage Bimdz 268

Second class chair car Bimdz 268 with multi-purpose area. RIC-coach. Long distance operation.

Technical Data Inter-Regio Passenger Coaches 2nd Class Bimdz, Model 268, with Multipurpose Area

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maximum speed200km/h
total weight42t
entrance from platforms350mm ... 760mm
number of doors2 per side
type of doorsslam doors (revolving folding doors)
number of 2nd class seats55
number of tip-up seats11
layout of passenger areafour compartments with 5 seats each, 3 areas with together 35 seats and 6 flip-up seats and one multi-purpose compartment with 5 flip-up seats and space for bicycles or bulky luggage
illumination fluorescent lamps
toilet systemopen or vacuum
windowsfixed and sliding
bogie / truck200km/h
bogie wheel base2,500mm
wheel diameter, new950mm
wheel diameter, worn900mm
length over buffers26,400mm
lenght of car body26,100mm
distance between bogie pivots19,000mm
width of car body2,825mm
height of car body above top of rail4,050mm
smallest curve radius120m according to RIC
type of brakepneumatic disc brake with an electromagnetic rail brake (R KE-GPR-Mg (D) partly NBÜ, [ep])
number of brake-cylinders per bogie2
energy supplytrain line and static battery chargers
starter battery330Ah/24V