In November 1998 the Bayerische Oberlandbahn, a cooperation between the DEG-Verkehrs-GmbH and the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn AG, should have taken over services south of Munich from the DB AG. Unfortunately the ordered trainsets were not delivered on time, such that these are now only gradually introduced, with a new timetable starting in May 1999.
The trainsets involved, as seen on the photo, are of the type Integral from Integral Verkehrstechnik AG in Jenbach, Austria. Trainsets consist of 3 motorized parts on two axles, and two longer low-floor sections hanging in between. Total installed power is 945kW, which makes a maximum speed of 140km/h possible. Up to four trainsets can be coupled using automatic couplers.
The Bayerische Oberlandbahn will operate trains from Munich (München Hbf) to Lenggries, Tegernsee and Bayrischzell. Normally 3 units will be coupled between München Hbf and Holzkirchen, where one trainset will be decoupled and continue to Bayrischzell. The two other units continue to Schaftlach, from where one unit will run to Tegernsee and the other to Lenggries. In total 17 trainsets will be available for these services.
The photo above was taken in Lenggries, where the BOB has built a new depot with small workshop. On the day the photo was taken (February 5th 1999) only a few units were operating, the rest of the trains on the lines mentioned were operated by DB AG diesel locomotives class 218 with coaches. Four new trainsets were present in Holzkirchen in the afternoon, where a naming ceremonial (with politicians, the Bavarian television and a Bavarian music group present) for the trainsets took place.
Photo and scan by Marco van Uden <email@example.com>