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German Federal Railway V 90
later classes 290, 294 and 296
Germany | 1964 | 408 produced
290 371 as a museum locomotive with Bundesbahn livery
290 371 as a museum locomotive with Bundesbahn livery

The V 90 is a development of the V 100 for shunting service. It was lengthened, weighed down to an axle load of 20 tonnes and given a shorter gear ratio. The so-called “Bergfunk” (“mountain radio”) was developed after a short time, with which the locomotives could be controlled on the hump from a central computer. A portable radio remote control for the switch man was added in the 1990s. Depending on the system installed, the locomotives became class 290, 294 or 296. Since 2003, the locomotives with worn engines have been equipped with a more powerful MTU engine that is more economical.

Built1964-19651966-1974from 2003
ManufacturerMaK, Jung, Henschel, Krupp, KHD, Rheinstahl
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length45 ft 11 3/16 in46 ft 11 3/4 in
Wheelbase31 ft 2 in
Fixed wheelbase8 ft 2 7/16 in
Service weight176,370 lbs
Adhesive weight176,370 lbs
Axle load44,092 lbs
Power sourcediesel-hydraulic
Top speed43 mph50 mph
Starting effort53,055 lbf
EngineMTU MB 12 V 652 TAMTU 8V 4000 R41
Engine typeV12 dieselV8 diesel
Fuel845 us gal (diesel)
Engine output1,085 hp (809 kW)1,341 hp (1,000 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
last changed: 03/2023

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