If the national Danish railway carrier DSB was looking for an Italian train
that actually works – it need not have ordered dozens of IC4 trains from
AnsaldoBreda in Italy – but could simply have taken one of its own Kystbanen
trains to Rungsted up the coast from Copenhagen.
There, Politiken’s back page has discovered an AnsaldoBreda model called K 582
that not only looks good, but also seems to work rather well – at least
according to Henning Pedersen. OK, it may be 113 years old and runs on coal,
but it faithfully starts even on cold mornings and just keeps on
“Well it may not exploit the full potential of its fuel, and it may pollute
somewhat more. But it does actually work,” says Loco Driver Henning Pedersen
of the 72-ton locomotive.
“A practical train with a solid construction and you never get tired of
driving it,” he says lovingly of a model that was built in 1900 and was the
fastest locomotive of its time, with a maximum speed of 100 km/h.
It was actually built at the same factory that has built the IC4 train,
Pedersen says with a twinkle in his eye.
And as far as is known, K 582 was delivered on time.
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