Germany - small private rail operators
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Hessische Güterbahn AG
Germany is a country full of small private rail operators which keep leasing, loaning
and returning locomotives and wagons often without bothering to change the tapings by the sides of the trains. This is an example
of a small operator. This is a Siemens ER20 "Hercules" heavy diesel engine, owned by the locomotive leasing company Beacon rail and
according to the stickers leased by Hessische Güterbahn AG. Picture at Mainz Hauptbahnhof 18.12.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.
An old ex-DDR type V100.1 diesel, the Augsburger Lokalbahn no.42 is crossing a street
close to the headquarters of AL. This locomotive was built in the old communist DDr as the Deutsche Reichsbahn 110 884-4 in 1978.
It was renamed after the German reunification in 1992 as 201 884-4 and became part of the Deutsche Bahn AG DB 1.1.1994, but it
was "z-gestellt", put out of use already in October 1994. In the summer of 1995 DB took it off its books, but it wasn't immediately
scrapped, but renovated by Regental Fahrzeugwerkstätten GmbH, Reichenbach (Vogtland) and finally sold to Augsburger Lokalbahn AG
in April 1998 as their no.42. AL has five of these ex-DDR V100 locomotives in use. Picture close to the headquaters of AL in Augsburg
19.7.2007 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Another picture of the same AL no.42 ex-DDR V100, ex-DB 201 884. Picture
in Augsburg 19.7.2007 by Ilkka Siissalo.
MRCE Dispolok / Siemens Dispolok
MRCE Dispolok, former Siemens Dispolok, is a locomotive leasing company leasing a large number of machines to both big and small
rail operators. Often - like here - especially when the lease agreement period is short, the locomotives do not at all receive
any markings identifying the rail operator in question. This is a Siemens ES64 U2, also known as the German Br 182 or in Austria
the first generation Taurus locomotive. In Austria these same machines are called Br1016.
Picture from Augsburg Hauptbahnhof 10.10.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Spitzke Spoorbouw BV
Renovated ex-DDR diesel machines have been popular especially among small private
rail companies involved in rail maintenance works. This one is an ex-DDR V100 machine of the DB class 203 owned by the Dutch
Spitzke Spoorbouw BV. Picture by the Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof 26.2.2010 by Ilkka Siissalo.
A quick shot from the window of a passing train. This is an old ex-DDR locomotive of the
class V22 owned by Spitzke. Nowadays an absolute rarity. Picture close to Eidelstedt station in Hamburg 9.7.2013 by Ilkka Siissalo.
Another shot of the same V22, again through a window of a moving train.
Picture close to Eidelstedt station in Hamburg, this time on 8.7.2013, by Ilkka Siissalo.
A container train and a foggy night in Augsburg. From the picture it is almost - but not quite - impossible to recognise the locomotive
amongst the darkness and fog, but it is a Br185 TRAXX AC1 machine of the company TX Logistik. When one knows what the TXL logo looks like
it is possible to see it on the locomotive front from the full size picture (click to enlarge !)
Picture from Augsburg Hauptbahnhof at late night of 10.10.2015 by Ilkka Siissalo.