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The Sprinter Desiro VT642 in San Diego on the Light Rail Line between Oceanside and Escondido.

The "Sprinter" Desiro VT642 in San Diego on the Light Rail Line between Oceanside and Escondido. Siemens photo.[]=IM&content[]=ICRL&content[]=TS&content[]=MO

Siemens Desiro DMU

The Siemens Desiro is a family of diesel or electric multiple unit passenger trains developed by Siemens Mobility, a division of the German Siemens AG conglomerate. The main variants are the Desiro Classic, Desiro ML, Desiro UK and the later Desiro City, Desiro HC and Desiro RUS. The trains are mostly used for commuter and regional services, and their rapid acceleration makes them suitable for services with short distances between stations. The design is flexible, and has become common in many European countries.

Desiro Classic

United States
The Sprinter light rail system employs VT642 Desiro diesel units. It serves Northern San Diego County, California, United States between Oceanside and Escondido along a 35 km (22 mi) railway line. Twelve married pairs were delivered in August 2006 to the operator North County Transit District (NCTD). Service began on 9 March 2008, serving fifteen stations.

Mountain Rail, one of two competing coalitions bidding on a large portion of FasTracks in Denver, appear to pitching a Siemens Desiro ML derived vehicle that is Federal Railroad Administration compliant. Both EMU and DMU units would be used for the Northwest Corridor, North Metro Corridor and Gold Line.

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