Germany - diesel locomotives of DB AG and DB Cargo

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This is some of the very newest diesel traction power of DB. It is a Bombardier TRAXX diesel of Br 245. It has four engines and it can use just some of them or all of them at the same time depending on the need. Here the locomotive is seen pulling a car train of the "Sylt Shuttle", which links the town of Westerland located on the island of Sylt to mainland at Niebüll. There is no road from the island to the mainland, but only a train line and a ferry. Picture at Niebüll station 9.7.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A "Sylt Shuttle" car shuttle train is arriving from the island of Sylt to the station of Niebüll on the mainland. The locomotive is a brand new Br 245 multiple engine TRAXX diesel. Picture from Niebüll 9.7.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The class 294 is old, but still quite common in shunting yards throughout Germany. Gradually they are being replaced by newer machines.
Picture from Trier 18.12.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This is a Br 295 machine right after a thorough rehaul. It is one of the same machines also known as V90 or as Br 294 as seen above, with the only main difference being that now it has a new engine and now it can be remotely controlled from a wearable fairly small device, so the locomotive driver does no more have to be inside the locomotive. Notice the fairly large upward protruding red antenna on the left hand side of the locomotive. That is the sign of the radio remote controlling system.
Picture from Braunschweig Hbf 22.7.2004 by Ilkka Siissalo.


These Br261 Voith Gravita 10 BB diesel locomotives are new and they are gradually replacing the old V90 series locomotives like the Br294 pictured above. These are mainly used for shunting, but also on longer lines with light or medium-heavy cargo trains.
Picture from Hamburg Alte Süderelbe 14.7.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The old diesel locomotive class of V160, currently classes 210, 215, 216, 217, 218 and 225 used to be extremely common throughout Germany. These are 1960s diesel engines. Many have already been scrapped, but it is still possible to see some in daily use, like here a Br 218 machine with old "n-Wagen" or "Silberling" coaches. The painting is new, but otherwise this is pure 1960s - 1970s stuff. Picture at Ulm station 13.9.2016 by Ilkka Siissalo.


It's old, it's weak, it's ugly, but it's still there. A Br 218 at Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof 8.7.2015. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.


Here we see one of the Br 218 machines still in its "Orientrot" (oriental red) painting scheme. Most locomotives lost this livery by the end of the 1990s.
Picture from München Hauptbahnhof (Munich main station) 14.6.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The same "orientrot" Br 218 as above, now seen from its front.
Picture from München Hauptbahnhof (Munich main station) 14.6.2002 by Ilkka Siissalo.


In 2001 the model train manufacturer Märklin repeated again one of their old tricks. They made a deal with DB and got a permission to paint one of DB's old Br 218 locomotives dark blue. They added a couple of stickers with golden crowns, a couple of golden stripes and renamed the old thing "König Ludvig Lok", king Ludvig locomotive. At one end of the machine there was a large light blue sticker which depicted the famous Neuschwanstein medieval castle. And the trick was done. Then Märklin could produce a large batch of these Br 218 machines and sell them again to people who had already their Br 218 models. Now they would buy one more of these machines that otherwise nobody would want any more.

The "König Ludvig Lok" was introduced during the so called "Märklin Days" at Märklin's headquarters 5.5.2001. Here the same machine 218 473 was photographed along with another Br 218 machine at Braunschweig Hbf 22.7.2004. The colours had faded away, somebody had torn off the Märklin stickers but it was still recognizable after such a long time.
Picture from Braunschweig Hbf 22.7.04 by Ilkka Siissalo.


A detail picture of the front of the "König Ludvig Lok" Br 218 no. 473.
Picture from Braunschweig Hbf 22.7.04 by Ilkka Siissalo.


The light blue faded away ghostly picture of the famous Neuschwanstein castle looked quite pitiable already in 2004 at the rusty side of the "König Ludvig Lok" Br 218 no. 473.
Picture from Braunschweig Hbf 22.7.04 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This is DB in disguise. The modern big diesel machine which is here being towed behind a DB Br185 electric locomotive is a US built class 77 machine designed for use in Britain. The machine is marked as belonging to "Euro Cargo Rail". Germany and the Germans are still fairly much hated in France and Belgium, so DB operates in those countries often via the trademark name Euro Cargo Rail, which is considered to be more neutral than DB's well known red. And ECR's locomotives are also often loaned by the parent company DB for use in Germany. They have for example often replaced old Soviet made "Ludmilla" diesels of Br232/Br233/Br234 in hauling heavy cargo trains. Class 77 is known by DB in Germany as Br247. It's a US machine, built by EMD and it's a further development of an earlier and very similar looking machine called class 66. They are quite cheap and are therefore gaining popularity, although train drivers hate them for being too noisy and cold.
Picture of a class 77 locomotive being towed 16.7.2018 by the Coswig station near Dresden. Picture by Ilkka Siissalo.


A class Br203 locomotive passing Wolfsburg Hbf. This machine belongs to the DB Netz Instandhaltung, the rail tracks maintenance division of DB. This is one of the former East German so called V100 East locomotives, which after the reunification of the two German states are known as Br202, 203 or 204 depending on the engine installed. This communist East German locomotive type was quite successful and even today a lot of them are in use, especially remotorised and by small private companies. But as here, even DB uses many of them still today.
Picture from Wolfsburg 17.7.2018 by Ilkka Siissalo.


This old locomotive marked Br364 is a former Deutsche Bundesbahn V60 shunter from the mid-1960s. They are still very common in Germany, but this one, owned by the DB subsidiary RAB ZugBus, has again been painted in its original 1960s colours, bearing also the 1960s style logos on its sides.
Picture from Ulm 3.7.2019 by Ilkka Siissalo.
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