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Henschel E 1200
Germany | 1976 | 13 produced
Locomotive no. 004 in September 1990 in the west port of Herne
Locomotive no. 004 in September 1990 in the west port of Herne

The AG used the EA 1000, which Henschel had built in 1966, for use on electrified lines and with a battery. They were similar to a conventional diesel shunter, but had a pantograph on the cab roof. When the demand came for a significantly more powerful locomotive that only had to work under the catenary, Henschel developed the E 1200. Since the three-phase current technology had already been tested on a diesel-electric DE 2500, it was also used here to achieve the required performance.

The first six locomotives were delivered in 1976 and boasted a very good starting tractive effort of 330 kN for a four-axle locomotive. To gain knowledge for the new high-power locomotive of the class 120, a vehicle was brought to Austria in 1979, where test runs were undertaken on the Semmeringbahn, among other places. A further seven machines were delivered to Ruhrkohle AG in 1984. The decommissioning took place between 2007 and 2017. Except for two pieces, which were given to museums in Koblenz-Lützel and Bochum, all were scrapped.

Built1976, 1984
Manufacturermechanical part: Henschel, electrical part: BBC
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length49 ft 2 9/16 in
Wheelbase34 ft 9 5/16 in
Fixed wheelbase9 ft 2 1/4 in
Service weight194,007 lbs
Adhesive weight194,007 lbs
Axle load48,502 lbs
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system15.000 V 16⅔ Hz
Continuous power2,012 hp (1,500 kW)
Top speed62 mph
Starting effort74,187 lbf
Power Plant
Calculated Values
electric locomotive
three-phase AC
last changed: 03/2022

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