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German Reichsbahn class 250
DB AG class 155
Germany | 1974 | 273 produced
155 273 in Railion livery in July 2013 in Oberhausen-Osterfeld
155 273 in Railion livery in July 2013 in Oberhausen-Osterfeld
Rob Dammers

The Reichsbahn had the class 250 manufactured for universal use in front of heavy passenger and freight trains. It was designed with a LEW conical spring drive for a speed of 160 km/h, but was only approved for 125 km/h due to the infrastructure in the GDR. The locomotives, which were also otherwise developed according to then modern points of view, were taken over by the DB AG in 1994 as the class 155 and initially continued to be used to pull heavy passenger trains, too. They came to DB Cargo during the railway reform and were only used there in front of freight trains until the last locomotives were phased out in 2019.

Built1974, 1977-1984
ManufacturerLEW Hennigsdorf
Axle configC-C 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length64 ft 3 5/8 in
Wheelbase47 ft 6 7/8 in
Fixed wheelbase10 ft 9 15/16 in
Service weight271,168 lbs
Adhesive weight271,168 lbs
Axle load45,195 lbs
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system15.000 V 16⅔ Hz
Hourly power7,242 hp (5,400 kW)
Continuous power6,839 hp (5,100 kW)
Top speed78 mph
Starting effort107,908 lbf
Power Plant
Calculated Values
electric locomotive
last changed: 02/2023

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