The Bimz 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 model 264 was built between 1988 and 1994. As part of the acquisition of aesthetically striking coaches for Inter-Regio transportation, compartment coaches of types Bm 234 or Bm 235 were used as ‘donor’ coaches.
The Bimz 264 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 Bimz 264 has over 60 second class seats and 6 folding seats. The Bimz 264 is sometimes equipped with a closed WC system or can be retrofitted.
Many of the Bimz 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.
The bogies used for model 264 coaches are type Minden-Deutz 36. This designation is also abbreviated to “MD36” or “LD36". The Minden-Deutz 36 type bogies are well known in many countries and workshops with experience in these types of bogies are generally easy to find.
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|total weight||42t ... 43t|
|entrance from platforms||350mm ... 760mm|
|number of doors||2 per side|
|type of doors||slam doors (revolving folding doors)|
|number of 2nd class seats||60|
|number of tip-up seats||6|
|layout of passenger area||five compartments with 5 seats each and 3 areas with together 35 seats and 6 flip-up seats|
|toilet system||open or vacuum|
|windows||fixed and sliding|
|bogie / truck||Minden-Deutz 36 (MD36)|
|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|