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Henschel DH 240
Germany | 1952 | 14 produced
DH 240 of the Hespertalbahn in the Bochum-Dahlhausen Railway Museum
DH 240 of the Hespertalbahn in the Bochum-Dahlhausen Railway Museum

After the Second World War, Henschel offered shunting locomotives for industrial companies that were similar to the Wehrmacht locomotives such as the WR 200 B 14 and the WR 360 C 14 except for a few details. From 1954 locomotives of the so-called second post-war generation emerged, which attracted attention with their modern-looking exterior with many curves. As with competing products, the cab was moved slightly to the middle and raised compared to the hoods in order to improve visibility in both directions.

The smallest variant was the DH 240 with only two axles, whose designation suggests an engine output of 240 hp. That power came from a small eight-cylinder, 22-litre, turbocharged engine from Motorenwerke Mannheim, mated to a Voith torque converter driving a jackshaft. The wheel sets were then driven via coupling rods

A total of 14 pieces were originally delivered to several industrial and mining companies. After many years of service with their original operators, some locomotives were sold abroad.

Axle configB 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length24 ft 8 7/8 in
Service weight61,729 lbs
Adhesive weight61,729 lbs
Axle load30,865 lbs
Power sourcediesel-hydraulic
Top speed37 mph
EngineMWM RHS 518A
Engine type8-cyl. diesel
Fuel108 us gal (diesel)
Engine output237 hp (177 kW)
Power Plant
Calculated Values
diesel locomotive
last changed: 03/2022

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