Anybody travelling on Zealand or between Copenhagen and Århus will know that DSB is desperately short of trains in general and modern trains in particular. Regional services on Zealand are run with worn-out class ME locomotives while inter-city services suffer from a lack of seats.
The good news is that DSB has ordered a fleet of modern train-sets (MG/IC4) due to enter service in 2006.
Uhm… Okay. They haven’t entered regular service yet, actually.
DSB has also ordered a fleet of train-sets designed for regional lines on Funen and in Jutland. MP/IC2 are a version of MG/IC4 and due to enter service in … oh, never mind.
So, today DSB ran a test with an MG-set on the Svendborg line and announced that the 200 km/h train is too slow for the service: The doors take ages to open and close and the starting procedure is slow and cumbersome.
Class MP uses Class MG technology so … you do the math.