The IC4 is Denmark's newest express train class, built by the Italian AnsaldoBreda. It has been a sad story. The trains emerged years and years late, and although they are beautiful to look at and passengers like them for their comfort, they are of lousy quality. Only roughly half of the fleet can be kept moving at any one point of time and even as they are brand new, they already now suffer from corrosion as well as design failures. Even a Danish minister recently publicly called them rubbish trains. Picture of this IC4 was taken 7.7.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo in Aalborg.
FUNET railway pictures archive - Denmark
Denmark has been for decades known as a "diesel country". As neighbours kept quickly installing electric train lines,
Denmark stubbornly kept to the old. Stations have since the early 1960s been roaring with the murmur of huge diesel
engines, and even the newest trains like the IC4 pictured above, were ordered as diesels. But now the tide is turning.
Main line traffic from København (Copenhagen) all the way down south to Germany can now run with AC 25kV currency and Denmark
is also investing heavily into a Pan-European train security system called ERTMS (European Railway Traffic Management System).
Sometimes it is good to be a slow follower :-) Other lines will follow.
One of the few private railways of Denmark, the Nordjyske Jernbanor operates a small network in the very northern part of the Jutland peninsula. This is a modern Siemens built Desiro diesel railbus, here running between the towns of Hjørring and Hirtshals. Photo in Hjørring 6.7.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.