loco-info.com
The reference for locomotives and railcars
Navigation
Random
Search
Compare
Settings
German Reichsbahn V 30 C
later class 199 and DB AG class 399
Germany | 1966 | only one produced
199 301 in February 1990 in Nordhausen
199 301 in February 1990 in Nordhausen
Werner & Hansjörg Brutzer

The one-off with the designation V 30 C was the prototype for a narrow-gauge locomotive that was developed for export in cape gauge (1,067 mm). The locomotive builder Karl Marx Babelsberg had received an order for 20 diesel locomotives from the Indonesian State Railways, the design of which first had to be tested on domestic routes. This resulted in a three-axle locomotive with a gauge of 1,000 mm, which could be used on the Harz routes.

An imported Maybach unit was used as engine, which was in the range of 300 hp and therefore led to the designation V 30. The export customer chose the designation C 300. The power transmission was also imported, using a torque converter from Voith. The locomotive showed good performance in the test runs from February 2, 1966, but the cooling systems were actually designed for operation in subtropical areas and had to be provisionally weakened for use in the heights of the Harz Mountains. In 1970, the Reichsbahn took over the engine for scheduled use, but the engine and gearbox were replaced with models from GDR production. The 6VD 18/15-A1 from the Schönebeck plant increased the output to 330 hp and a new gearbox from the Dresden turbine factory was used. The converted locomotive was first assigned to the class 103, but was soon renumbered 199 301 due to the new numbering scheme for narrow-gauge locomotives.

After a defect in the new engine in the 1980s, it received a naturally aspirated engine with only 220 hp, which significantly reduced its performance on mountain routes. Nevertheless, it remained in service and was renamed 399 130 by DB AG. There it was used for another three years until it was finally parked in a locomotive shed in 1997 and can still be found there today.

Variantas builtre-engined
General
Built1966
ManufacturerLKM Babelsberg
Axle configC 
Gauge3 ft 3 3/8 in (Meter gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length26 ft 10 13/16 in
Service weight66,139 lbs
Adhesive weight66,139 lbs
Axle load22,046 lbs
Power
Power sourcediesel-hydraulic
Top speed19 mph
Starting effort21,806 lbf
EngineSchönebeck 6VD 18/15-A1
Engine type6-cyl. diesel
Engine output326 hp (243 kW)217 hp (162 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
switcher
narrow gauge
last changed: 04/2022
loading...

We use cookies to save the following settings:

  • selected navigation structure
  • selected language
  • preferred units
  • spelling of railway company names

If you refuse the use of cookies, the settings will only be retained for the current session and will be reset to the default values the next time you visit the site.

Display of units

Here you can set the desired unit system for the technical data.

  • Metric: Lengths in meters, weights in tonnes, and volumes in cubic meters
  • Imperial (UK): Lengths in feet/inches, weights in long tons and volumes in imperial gallons
  • Imperial (US): Lengths in feet/inches, weights in pounds, and volumes in US gallons
  • Individual: Depends on the country of origin of each locomotive
Operator names

Here you can set the display of railway company names.

  • Short: Abbreviation or short form of the name
  • Standard: commonly used name, partially translated to German
  • Complete: full name in local language