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.
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|entrance from platforms||350mm ... 760mm|
|number of doors||2 per side|
|type of doors||slam doors (revolving folding doors)|
|number of 2nd class seats||55|
|number of tip-up seats||11|
|layout of passenger area||four 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|
|toilet system||open or vacuum|
|windows||fixed and sliding|
|bogie / truck||200km/h|
|bogie wheel base||2,500mm|
|wheel diameter, new||950mm|
|wheel diameter, worn||900mm|
|length over buffers||26,400mm|
|lenght of car body||26,100mm|
|distance between bogie pivots||19,000mm|
|width of car body||2,825mm|
|height of car body above top of rail||4,050mm|
|smallest curve radius||120m according to RIC|
|type of brake||pneumatic disc brake with an electromagnetic rail brake (R KE-GPR-Mg (D) partly NBÜ, [ep])|
|number of brake-cylinders per bogie||2|
|energy supply||train line and static battery chargers|