Sri Lanka Railways S5
The Sri Lanka Railways Class S5 is a diesel multiple unit (DMU) built by Hitachi and introduced to Sri Lanka between 1969 and 1970, only two of which were imported. The class was built with modern interior facilities aiming towards the special train tours market.
|Sri Lanka Railways S5|
Class S5 engine 718 attached to a set of S5 carriages at Hikkaduwa, December 1980
|Formation||2 engine compartments + 3 passenger cars|
|Fleet numbers||717 & 720|
|Operator(s)||Sri Lanka Railways, Airport & Aviation Services Limited|
|Depot(s)||Hydraulic Locomotive Shed, Maradana|
|Car length||16.67 m (54 ft 8 1⁄4 in)|
|Doors||Automatic (Operated By Vacuum)|
|Maximum speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
|Weight||63 t (62 long tons; 69 short tons) per power car|
|Prime mover(s)||FED/Paxman 8YJXL-V71|
|Power output||900 hp (670 kW)|
|Track gauge||1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in)|
A one-train set consists of 2 power cars (including the engine) and 3 passenger cars. Previous classes of DMUs in Sri Lanka had only one power car; with their extra capacity, ClassS5s can operate on upcountry main lines. Total passenger capacity of this DMU is 100.
This class can be operated in any railway line in Sri Lanka except Kelani Valley Line. This was only used for chartered services and has performed in upcountry line several times.
Acquisition By Airport & Aviation Services Limited
One S5 DMU (718-719) was chartered by Sri Lanka Airport & Aviation Services Limited and this was repainted in light blue and dark blue livery. The new painted S5's inaugural run was for IIFA Awards guests to Colombo Fort from Katunayake.
- "෴S5 බලවේග දුම්රිය - ශ්රීලංකාවේ ප්රථම ඩීසල් සුඛෝපභෝගී බලවේග දුම්රිය෴". ෴අඟුරු කකා වතුර බිබී කොළඹ දුවන යකඩ යකා෴. Retrieved 7 January 2014.