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4rail.net - Diesel Locomotives in Germany
Created for 4rail.net by John McKey, Ilkka Siissalo and Andreas Ehnberg. Pictures by Stanislav Voronin, Ilkka Siissalo, Hannu Peltola, Andreas Ehnberg and John McKey.





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DB depot view with classes 185 nr 243, 152 nr 030 and 189 number 056 and class 151 receiving trainorders in Duisburg, Germany
Germany RR Main Page is a great place to start browsing on German railroading.
Germany is the leading railroading country in Europe. This also means that a large number of diesels roam on its lines and sidings, industries and rail yards. Below you will find all the types in use and given some time also their technical details. There are also be pages for the Electric Locomotives, Electric Multiple Units and Diesel Multiple Units.  

Diesel Road and Multipurpose Locomotives:
Deutsche Bahn: c233 * c245 *

Diesel Switchers:
Deutsche Bahn (DB) Classes: * 261* 296 *
362 * "Köfferlich" *
Voith: class 499 *

Metronom class 246 loco number 009 in Buxtehude, Germany
Picture above: A Metronom operated class 246 TRAXX P160 DE motive is slowing down to bring regional passengers to Hamburg station. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.

   
 Deutsche Bahn
DB class233 number 511 in Oldenburg Class 233 "Taigatrommel" of DB
A heavy older diesel freight locomotive built to Eastern tradition.

Units once refurbished from class 232: ~65
Unit numbers in class 233: 233 5xx -
Power: Diesel-electric, 2237 kW (3000 hp), 294 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)
Usage: German freight


  Detailed information on DB class 233...
Bombardier TRAXX3 class 187 unit 002 at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany /// Class 245 of DB
Latest addition to nonelectricifed routes local power are the Bombardier manufactured TRAXX ME4 locomotives with 4 smaller engines.

Units in order: 200
Unit numbers: 245 001 -
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)
Power: Diesel-electric, 2160 kW (2880 Hp), 270 kN
Usage: Germany


  Detailed information on DB class 245...
Deutsche Bahn 261 Gravita at Maschen, Germany
Class 261 of DB
A medium heavy modern 10 BB Bo'Bo' swither from Voith.

Units in use or in order: 130
Unit numbers: 261 001 -
Power: Diesel-hydraulic, 1000 kW (1340 Hp), 259 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)
Usage: Germany


  Detailed information on DB class 261...
Deutsche Bahn Railion colored switcher class 296 number 040 near Duisburg, Germany
Class 296 of DB (ex. V90)
A medium heavy swither from various German manuf.

Units in use or in order: < 30 remaining
Unit numbers: 296 023 - 296 068
Power: Diesel-hydraulic, 800/1030 kW (1072/1381 Hp), 188/235 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 80 km/h (50 mph)
Usage: occasional switching work in Germany


  Detailed information on DB class 296...
Deutsche Bahn switcher class 361 number 234 in Maschen, Germany Classes 361 / 362 / 363 / 364 / 365 of DB
An older generation smaller generic switcher for Deutsche Bahn.

Units in use or in order: hundreds
Unit numbers: 361 001 -
Power: Diesel-hydraulic, 480 kW (644 Hp), 117 / 132 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 60 km/h (37 mph)
Usage: Germany

   Detailed information on DB classes 361-365...
   
 Metronom
Metronom slass 246 loco number 009 at Hamburg Altoona, Germany Class 246 of Metronom (TRAXX P160 DE)
TRAXX locomotives interesting one main engine variant can be found at Metronom regional operator.

Units in use: 11
Unit numbers: 246 001 - 246 011
Power: Diesel-electric, 2200 kW (2950 Hp), 270 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)
Usage: Northern Germany

   Detailed information on NOB class 246...
NOB De2700 number 02 at Hamburg Altoona, Germany Class DE 2700 of Metronom
Acquired from Norwegian NSB the De2700 share much of the diesel hauled workload on NOB.

Units in use: 8
Unit numbers: De 2700 xx
Power: Diesel-electric, 2650 kW (3554 Hp), 410 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)
Usage: Northern Germany

   Detailed information on NOB class De2700...
   
 MVG
MVG German class 212 Switcher in Köln, Germany Class 212 of MVG
   
 NBE Rail
NBE Rail class 203 in Munich, Germany Class 203 of NBE Rail
   
 Voith Turbo
Voith Gravita 15L BB at Innotrans 2012 fair Gravita 15L BB
The most popular diesel switcher / road switcher at Innotrans 2012 was the heavy Gravita model 15L BB of Voith.

Units built: prototype    
Unit numbers: 
Power: 1800 kW (2413 Hp), 272 kN
Maximum allowed speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)  
Power systems: 
diesel hydraulic loco
Usage: Modern switching European wide


   Detailed information on class 499... 

   

 

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Deutsche Bahn


 TRAXX P160 ME 4 Modular Diesel Locomotive, DB Class 245
Bombardier TRAXX3 class 187 unit 002 at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany


Bombardier TRAXX3 class 187 unit 002 at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany

Bombardier TRAXX3 class 187 unit 002 at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany

The use of modular locomotives equipped with 2 - 3 'smaller' diesel motors has been common place for the last 5 years. Hundreds of older units have been built to the new form there. Europe is also following these trails with the advent of new TRAXX diesel loco with 4 motors spread evenly in the machine compartment. Here all is new and the modular design sits on the proven and reliable TRAXX locomotive.


Technical Details for Deutsche Bahn class 245 (TRAXX P160 ME4)
-> Manufacturer: Bombardier transportation
-> Usage: general purpose local and regional traffic loco
-> Seen: Germany at first, later wider usage
-> Production started: 2012, current production unit
-> Units built: <10, 200 units will be built for 3mE each
-> Unit numbers: 245 001 - 187 0xx

-> Owners and operators: DB Regio
-> Maximum allowed speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)  
-> Energy source: diesel electric

   
-> Power output: 4 x 540 kW (4 x 720 Hp), 2160 kW (2880 Hp)
-> Track motors:  
-> Tractive Effort: 270 kN 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): -

-> gauge: 1435 mm
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1250 mm as new
-> Maximum operational speed: 160 km/h (99 mph)

-> Length: 18,90 m 
-> Height: 4,27 m
-> Width: 2,97 m
-> Weight: 83 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axel weight: 21 metric tons  

-> Train control systems: area specific modules
-> Multiple operations capacity with:
-> Couplers: Hook and chain or customer choise    



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Bombardier TRAXX3 class 187 unit 002 at Innotrans 2012, Berlin, Germany  
 

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Diesel Switchers

  Class / Baureihe 261 of Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn 261 Gravita at Maschen, Germany
Deutsche Bahn 261 Gravita at Maschen, Germany
Deutsche Bahn 261 Gravita at Maschen, Germany

Class 261 DB switchers seen at Maschen marshalling yard. Operator DB has 130 similar units at its use.

Technical Details for Deutsche Bahn class 261 (Voith Gravita 10 BB)
-> Manufacturer: Voith Turbo Lokomotivtechnik GmbH & Co. KG
-> Usage: medium switcher for heavier shunting
-> Seen: DB units in Germany
-> Production started: 2009 -, current production model
-> Units built: 130 for DB (some still in order)
-> Unit numbers: 261 001 - 261 5xx

-> Owners and operators: Deutsche Bahn
-> Maximum allowed speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)  
-> Energy source: diesel hydraulic

   
-> Power output: 1000 kW (1340 Hp)
-> Diesel engine: MTU 8V 4000 R 43
-> Gear box and hydraulic: Voith L4r4zseU2
-> Track motors: - 
-> Tractive Effort: 259 kN 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): -

-> gauge: 1435 mm
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1000 mm as new
-> Maximum operational speed: 50/100 km/h (31/62 mph)

-> Length: 15,7 m 
-> Height: 4,3 m
-> Width: 3,1 m
-> Weight: 80 metric tons (,000 lb)
-> Max. axel weight: 20 metric tons  

-> Train control systems:
-> Multiple operations capacity with: type
-> Couplers: semi automatic hook and chain for switching    

Recognition
-> Almost no straight lines and no roundings exist on this model, which makes it easy to distinguish from the other switchers.
-> All DB units (and most others) are red.

   

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  Class / Baureihe 296 of Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn Railion colored switcher class 296 number 040 near Duisburg, Germany

Class 296 DB switcher seen at Duisburg.

 

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  Class / Baureihe 362 of Deutsche Bahn
DB class 362
Picture: A class 362 V60 shunting in the evening fog in Bremen, Germany. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.


V60 locomotives were designed in the early 1950s to cope with the shortage of switching engines. As was custom, many major locomotive manufacturers joined their forces and created this long surviving model. In all a respectable amount of 942 units were manufactured, mostly by Mak, Krupp, Henschel, Krauss-Maffei and Jung. The surviving locomotives are currently in classes V60, 260, 261, 360 - 365. See technical info below form the class 363, which shares most details.

German Class V60 / 260 / 261 / 360 - 365  Technical info
-> Builder: Mak, Krupp, Henschel, Krauss-Maffei, Jung, Esslingen, Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz, Gmeinder 
-> Type: Class V60 now in classes 260, 261 and 360 - 365     
-> Usage: light to medium switcher  

   
-> Production dates: 1956 - 1964    
-> Numbers built: 942 units   
-> Gauge: 1435 mm (4' 8.5" ft) 
   
-> Users: Deutsche Bahn AG,
-> Past / second hand users: Deutsche Bahn AG, NSB, Yugoslav Railways > Croatian Railways, Turkey     
-> Seen: Germany, possibly Croatia  
-> Operators outside Europe: -    
   
-> Energy Source: Diesel fuel   
-> Engine: MTU GTO 6, MTU MB 12V 493 AZ 
-> Power transmission: hydraulic
-> Power output: 480 kW (653 Hp)  
-> Many units are remote control equipped  
       
-> Tractive Effort: 117 / 132 kN   
-> Braking system:    
-> Braking effort on traction motors: na   
-> Wheel arrangement:  C    

-> Electronics:   
-> Safety Systems:  


-> Maximum operational speed where possible:  60 km/h (37 mph)   
-> Multiple unit operation capability:  

-> Length: 10,5 over buffers     
-> Heigth: 4,54 meters   
-> Width:      
-> Weight: 48 - 49 metric tonnes   
-> Axle weight max: 16 / 18  tonnes

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  Köfferlich Light Switchers - DB Duisburg, Germany  of Deutsche Bahn
Deutsche Bahn light switchers in Duisburg, Germany

 

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  Class / Baureihe 499 of Voith

Voith Gravita 15L BB at Innotrans 2012 fair

Voith Gravita 15L BB at Innotrans 2012 fair

Voith Gravita 15L BB at Innotrans 2012 fair

Rarely you cann so much attention around one specific diesel locomotive model as the Voith Gravita 15L BB attracted! There was a constant line of people to cab so no interior pictures exist so far.

Technical Details for Voith class 499 (Voith Gravita 15L BB)
-> Manufacturer: Voith Turbo Lokomotivtechnik GmbH & Co. KG
-> Usage: medium to heavy switcher for heavier shunting
-> Seen: around Europe
-> Production started: 2011 -, current production model
-> Units built: tens
-> Unit numbers: not known  
-> UIC numbers:

-> Owners and operators: Paribus Group, Hohenzollerische Landesbahn AG, others
-> Maximum allowed speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)  
-> Energy source: diesel hydraulic

   
-> Power output: 1800 kW (2413 Hp)
-> Diesel engine:
-> Gear box and hydraulic: Voith L4r4zseU2
-> Track motors: - 
-> Tractive Effort: 272 kN 
-> Braking effort on traction motors (dynamic braking): -

-> gauge: 1435 mm
-> Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'   
-> Wheel diameter: 1000 mm as new
-> Maximum operational speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)

-> Length: 16,9 m 
-> Height: 4,3 m
-> Width: 3,1 m
-> Weight: 80 - 90 metric tons (,000 lb) according to customer wishes
-> Max. axel weight: 20 - 25 metric tons

-> Train control systems:
-> Multiple operations capacity with: type
-> Couplers: semi automatic hook and chain for switching / center coupler    

Recognition
-> Almost no straight lines and no roundings exist on this model, which makes it easy to distinguish from the other switchers.















Voith Gravita 15L BB at Innotrans 2012 fair

Voith Gravita 15L BB at Innotrans 2012 fair Voith Gravita 15L BB at Innotrans 2012 fair

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