NS DH1 / DH2 Wadloper

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A reproduction of the DH1/DH2 'Wadloper' diesel passenger train that operated on the... more
Product information "NS DH1 / DH2 Wadloper"

A reproduction of the DH1/DH2 'Wadloper' diesel passenger train that operated on the non-electrified lines of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch national railways) network.

History
At the beginning of the 70's, the NS started considering replacing the Blue Angels (an older train type), that were in service on the northern 'nevenlijnen' around Groningen and Leeuwarden. To research how the still unprofitable northern lines could still be exploited by a train service, the 'Werkgroep Exploitatie Nevenlijnen (WEN)' was formed in 1976. They looked at how the service could be made cheaper. The working group gave preference to the development of a new 4-axle diesel train, meaning the service could still be kept simple. The train was to be designed for one-man operation, meaning that the driver could take over conductor and ticket-seller duties in the quieter hours.

The new trains were very boxy and quickly got the nickname SRV-wagon (the name of a small, boxy, mobile supermarket service that operated all over Holland). The engine came from a freight truck, made by Cummins, with the intention of being something that could easily be swapped out after 15 years of service. These swapouts never happened in practice.

The driver's cab was also roomy, mostly because of the one-man operating design, and had a glass wall in the rear with a window and ticket table. The trains also got fold-out mirrors for the cab so the driver could check the outside doors were clear before closing them. There was no separate conductor to perform this function.

Because the 'SRV-wagon' really had no association with public transport, the NS started a competition to pick a proper name for the new train. Residents of both northern provinces could choose, and in October 1983, after counting 48,000 votes, the name 'Wadloper' was chosen (in Dutch, a Wadloper is the name of a wading bird commonly found in the northern province marshlands). Train unit 3231 was the first of the DH1 DH2 trains to be delivered with this new name.

Technical data:

DH1
Traction: Diesel
Power: 1x210kW
Axle Formation: Bo-2 
Length: 22,31m
Maximum speed: 100 km/h
Weight: 37t
Number built: 19
Built by: Düwag, Cummins, Voith, SIG
Years entered service: 1981-2008

DH2
Traction: Diesel
Power: 2x210kW
Axle Formation: 2'-Bo2
Length: 43,45m
Maximum speed: 100 km/h
Weight: 69t
Number built: 31
Built by: Düwag, Cummins, Voith, SIG
Years entered service: 1981-2008

Features:

  • Full custom model, custom audio
  • DH1 (single wagon) and DH2 (double wagon) versions
  • Versions for NS (new and old), Noordned (including the green version), Veolia (including the red/white/grey version) and also Transferoviar Calatori (Romania)
  • Detailed cabview
  • ATB-NG (train protection system) emulation in the newer NS version
  • Second class passenger view
  • Uses smart scripting for cab lighting, custom controls, destination boards and more
  • Dynamic autonumbering
  • Comes with a tutorial / training scenario set in the TS Academy
  • Can be used in your own scenarios, and is available in QuickDrive
  • User's manual supplied as a PDF file.(The manual is available in Start->All Programs->ChrisTrains)
  • Free updates for life

Scenarios will become available on my scenarios page  as I complete them.

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