updated : 2017/03/11
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class 099

class 099

Class 099 covers all the narrow gauge steam locomotives operated by DR and DB, on metre and 750mm gauges. A significant number of steam locos survived in the former DDR until re-unification when the lines they worked became tourist attractions. Most of the locos in use today are 2-10-2 tanks but more exotic types also survive including 0-4-4-0T Mallets and Saxon-Meyers.
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updated : 2017/05/28
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class 101

class 101

Class 101 is DB's standard express passenger electric loco, introduced in the mid 1990s and in widespread use all over Germany, often on push-pull sets. These 220km/h 6400kW machines are 15kV only, so generally don't stray far from home rails, apart from trips to Graz and Klagenfurt in Austria. For a flagship locomotive they're remarkably unstylish compared with their class 120 and 103 predecessors.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 103

class 103

DB's class 103s are, in many people's eyes, the ultimate electric locomotives, capable of 200km/h and with an hourly rating of over 10400kW/13900HP. They powered the InterCity revolution of the '70s and '80s but were becoming expensive to operate by the late '90s. All were withdrawn by late 2002. Remarkably, four returned to front line use in 2013 when problems with ICE sets caused a locomotive shortage.
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updated : 2017/05/28
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class 110/113/115

class 110/113/115

These locos are all variants of class 110, introduced in 1956 and DB's standard express passenger loco for several decades. Gradually transferred to regional services, most of the class have now been withdrawn but a few remain in service, most visibly working InterCity trains on the scenic Gäubahn between Stuttgart and Singen.
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updated : 2017/05/28
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class 111

class 111

DB's Class 111 was 15kV express passenger locomotive introduced in 1974. It incorporated a number of design improvements over the preceding class 110 including new cabs, bogies and thyristor control. Over the years the locos lost their express work and became the mainstay of regional passenger services in many parts of Germany. Now they are being replaced by new EMUs and withdrawals have started.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 120

class 120

DB's class 120, introduced in 1987, was one of the world's first large scale applications of modern 3-phase inverter drives to rail traction. The class now plays a secondary role to the more modern and much less attractive class 101s, working some of the less prestigious InterCity services and, more recently, a number of regional workings.
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updated : 2017/03/10
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class 139/140

class 139/140

Class 140 and the similar class 139 were West Germany's standard electric freight loco from the late 1950s to the late 1990s but very few remain in service in the second decade of the 21st century.
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updated : 2017/03/10
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class 143

class 143

DB inherited over 800 of these 1980s built medium power Bo-Bo electrics from DR at reunification and soon put them to work on regional passenger services all over Germany. The class is now being withdrawn and replaced by new EMUs but a large number remain in service.
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updated : 2017/05/29
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class 145

class 145

Class 145 was the first version of the Bombardier Traxx to be bought by DB and is a 15kV only electric freight locomotive. Only 80 went to DB before they switched to the dual voltage version that became Class 185. The independent sector also acquired around 20 class 145s.
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updated : 2017/05/28
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class 146

class 146

Class 146 is the single-voltage passenger version of the Bombardier Traxx electric locomotive and DB have over 150 with more on order. They're often found coupled to double-deck push-pull sets on longer distance regional duties.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 151

class 151

Class 151 was DBs standard heavy freight locomotive until the introduction of machines with inverter drives at the end of the 1990s. Introduced in 1973, the 151 was the first German class with thyristor control and with a 6400kW/8500HP rating it was a formidable machine. The 151s are no longer Germany's premier freight locomotives but can still be seen at work on many parts of the network.
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updated : 2017/05/28
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class 152

class 152

Class 152 was Siemens answer to DB's requirement for a modern powerful 15kV freight loco and 170 were built between 1997 and 2001. The class can be seen on electrified main lines all over Germany.
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updated : 2017/03/10
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class 155

class 155

DB inherited over 200 class 155 electrics Co-Co freight electrics from DR after re-unification. They date back to the mid 1970s and were equipped with thyristor control, which was state of the art at the time. The class can be seen on electrified main lines all over Germany.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 180

class 180

DB's class 180 electrics and their Czech class 371 and 372 cousins are dual voltage 15kV AC/3kV DC versions of the standard Czechoslovakian electric designs of the 1980s and were built by Skoda. Classes 372 and 180 are virtually identical with class 371 being geared for a higher maximum speed. Since my visits in 2010 DB have withdrawn the class 180s but the CD locos remain in service.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 181

class 181

DB's dual voltage 15kV/25kV class 181s were built in the 1970s to operate services across the border into France and Luxembourg. In recent years they've lost a lot of their traditional duties but around eight of the original 25 remain in service on InterCity and overnight passengers, some of which require their dual-voltage capabilities but many that don't.
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updated : 2017/05/29
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class 182-183

class 182-183

Classes 182 and 183 cover 15kV/25kV and 4-voltage variants of the Siemens Taurus, respectively. Class 182 has proven popular with independents and a handful of class 183 are also registered in Germany. DB even has 25 182s and hires in more. Visiting foreign Taurii, such as Austrian locos of classes 1016, 1116 and 1216 are also included here.
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updated : 2017/05/28
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class 185

class 185

The Bombardier TRAXX is probably the most successful electric locomotive of the early 21st century and the dual voltage class 185 is its most numerous variant. It's a 15kV/25kV 5600kW Bo-Bo with a maximum speed of 140km/h intended for freight haulage and DB has around 400 of them. The 185 is also popular with the independent sector and can be seen all over Germany and in many surrounding countries as well.
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updated : 2017/03/10
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class 186

class 186

Class 186 is the multi-system variant of the Bombardier TRAXX family, differing from the class 185 by being equipped to operate from 3000V DC and in most cases also 1500V DC overhead. These locos are popular with the independent sector, particularly operators running trains between Germany and Italy.
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updated : 2017/05/29
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Class 187

Class 187

The Class 187 is the AC3 version of Bombardier's Traxx family, introduced in 2012 as the successor to the ubiquitous Class 185. The 187 has a modified cab design, making it easily identifiable, but the most significant change is the option for a small "last mile" diesel engine to be fitted, allowing it to operate away from the electrified network.
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class 189

class 189

Class 189 is a development of the Siemens built class 152 equipped for operation under all four major European electrification systems, 1500V DC, 3000V DC, 15kV AC and 25kV AC, potentially allowing operation in countries the ubiquitous class 185 can't reach. DB has a fleet of 90 locos and others are in service with the independent sector in Germany and elsewhere in europe.
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updated : 2017/03/10
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class 201-204/293/294

class 201-204/293/294

Class 201 was the original DR V100 design dating from 1966 while classes 202 to 204, 293 and 298 are all variations, usually rebuilds with more powerful engines. In total over 1000 were built for DR, industrial users and export. DB retain a number for departmental duties while independent freight operators and infrastructure companies use many more.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 211-214

class 211-214

These locos are variants of the DB V100 design dating from the late 1950s. The original locos became class 211. Class 212 was a more powerful version, while the ten class 213s were 212s equipped for very steeply graded lines. Over 740 V100s were built but only a handful remain in departmental service with DB, while others are operated by preservation and independent sectors. Class 214 are Althom rebuilds using only the frames, bogies and transmissions of the original locos.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 215/225

class 215/225

DB's Class 215 was an intermediate design, essentially a class 216 in the body of a class 218. Introduced in 1968, 150 of these medium-power diesel-hydraulic B-Bs were built and saw use on passenger and freight duties for many years. Class 225 comprises class 215 locos with steam heating boilers removed . A few early class 218s in freight service also carry 225.8xx numbers. A few 225s remain in service.
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class 217

class 217

Class 217 was introduced in 1965 and was a development of the class 216 with a separate diesel generator to provide electric train heating. A total of 15 were built and despite having ETH, they spent most of their lives working freight trains, latterly around Mühldorf, where they were displaced by class 266 in late 2010. The last 217 was withdrawn in December 2011.
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updated : 2017/05/28
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class 218

class 218

DB's class 218 is the final iteration of the single-engined B-B diesel-hydraulic design that started with the class 216 in 1960. Class 218 was introduced in 1968 and eventually totalled 399 locos, powered by a variety of diesel engines producing between 2500 and 3000 horsepower. They worked in most parts of Germany and can still be found on the few InterCity and regional passenger services that require diesel haulage..
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 223/253

class 223/253

The Siemens ER20 EuroRunner diesel is probably best known as ÖBB class 2016 but a significant number are also based in Germany, where they were originally class 253, later changed to class 223. The locos are popular with independent operators and can be found on NOB services from Hamburg and ALEX services from München and Regensburg. MRCE Dispolok also operates a sizeable fleet of hire locos.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 232/233/234

class 232/233/234

DB inherited around 700 of these Soviet built diesel electric Co-Cos from DR after reunification and put them to work all over Germany, particularly on heavy freight trains. The concentration of freight onto electrified lines and the introduction of new classes has reduced their use considerably but they still have some regular duties and are favourites for diversions and other short term requirements.
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class 251

class 251

Twelve powerful Co-Co diesel electrics were built by MaK, by then part of Siemens, for Norway in the mid 1990s but were plagued with faults and rejected by NSB. Taken back to Germany and extensively rebuilt, many have ended up working for NOB (Nord-Ostsee Bahn) on passenger services between Hamburg and Westerland. Officially they are class 251 but are also numbered by NOB as class DE2700.
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updated : 2017/05/29
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class 247/266

class 247/266

You can't get away from them, class 66s are everywhere, including in Germany. Many work for independent operators but DB also has a sizeable fleet. Conveniently they've been classed as 266s by the authorities although DB, for reasons best known to itself, calls them 247s.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 272

class 272

Vossloh's G2000 is a compact high power B-B diesel-hydraulic introduced in 2000 and classed 272 in Germany. It hasn't proved very popular with operators with less than 70 locomotives sold to freight operators and infrastructure companies.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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class 290/291/294-296

class 290/291/294-296

Classes 290 and 291 are heavy shunting locos built for DB in the 1960s and 1970s. Many have been rebuilt with remote control becoming classes 296 and 295 respectively. Rebuilds with new engines and remote control gear became class 294. Some have been sold to independent operators but many remain on shunting and local freight duties with DB although new class 261s are starting to displace them.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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Class 2143 [ÖBB]

Class 2143 [ÖBB]

The ÖBB class 2143 and the similar class 2043 were the standard Austrian main line diesels of the 1960s and 1970s. A number were sold to independent operators including two to Augsburg based SVG when ÖBB no longer needed them. The SVG engines have been hired by ALEX to work the Oberstdorf - Immenstadt shuttles on a number of occasions.
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