Dash

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Dash.png "Dash"
Cost Speed Weight Power
£16,406 ($32.812) 120 km/h (75 mph, 33 m/s) 38 t 700 hp (523 kW)
Running Costs / year Designed Lifespan Capacity
£1,066 ($2.132) 1984 15 years 80 passengers

Description

The Dash DMU is a Diesel Multiple unit that by default comes with two units and carries passengers in much the same way as the Manley-Morel DMU, albeit with slightly higher speed, power and capacity.

These trains are really only suitable for light passenger transport, as they lack the power to transport heavier goods and pull more carriages. You could add more units to increase the power and capacity (in true DMU style), but you are still limited to 75mph, so a better option would be to use SH "125" on the busier routes or even the "T.I.M." when it is invented.

A word of warning; when faster trains arrive on a large network, you may find that they get stuck behind these slower units slowing the whole network down, so you should either upgrade the whole lot, keep the DMUs on a separate section of track, or build overtaking sections.

Real-life Equivalent

The first of the so-called second generation (if you discount the 14x series railbuses) the Class 150 'Sprinter' (Hence the name 'Dash') was introduced in the mid-1980s to replace the earlier generation of DMU, dating back to the 1950s and 1960s. The mainstay of the British 'Regional Railways' local railways until privatisation between 1990 and 1996, they are still workhorses of rural and commuter lines.




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