The so-called n-type coaches are the backbone of regional passenger transportation in Germany. Between 1958 and 1980, over 5000 type ‘n’ coaches were built. The coaches have a stainless steel coach body. Today, the coaches are painted.
There is a significant number of different models of n-type coach. In principle, the coaches with shoe brakes and bogies MD42 and LD42 are distinguished from vehicles with disc brakes and bogies MD43 and LD43. HEROS currently only offers n-type coaches with disc brakes.
Along with the n-type coaches with MD bogies, there is also a number of vehicles equipped with Görlitz-Prag GP200 bogies.
Originally, many n-type coaches were equipped with axle-driven generators. The current for lighting the coaches was created by these generators. All n-type coaches available from HEROS Helvetic Rolling Stock today are equipped with a battery charger (BLG) which is fed from the train power supply line.
There are also differences easily recognisable to the passengers:
The n-type coaches were produced by a variety of vehicle manufacturers and contemporary Deutsche Bahn repair workshops. There were also conversions in various workshops, some abroad in Europe. Therefore, there is a variety of different interiors.
An essential characteristic of the n-type coach is that almost the entire floor space of the coach is used for the passenger area. This produces a high number of passengers, a comfortable seating arrangement, and free space between the seats.
The n-type coaches are distinguished by a high permitted load and low tare weight. They are both energy-saving to operate and quick to accelerate compared to other sitting coaches.
You can click on the photgraphs below to go to the web-page with detailed information on the individual types of coaches: