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German Federal Railway E 50
later class 150
Germany | 1957 | 194 produced
150 113 and 150 150 double-headed in April 1991 near Illingen
150 113 and 150 150 double-headed in April 1991 near Illingen
Werner & Hansjörg Brutzer

The E 50 was developed from 1950 as a heavy freight locomotive to have a modern successor to the E 94. A lot of experience from the development and operation of the E 94 was brought in, but it was created as a standard electric locomotive together with the E 10 and used the same modern components and production methods.

To ensure sufficient traction and tractive power, the locomotive was designed with six axles. This means that the power per traction motor could also be slightly lower compared to the E 10 in order to achieve cheaper production and a longer service life. Since there was not much confidence in the new power transmission via rubber ring springs for heavy freight train use at the beginning of production, the motors in the first 25 engines built were designed with nose-suspended motors and only then was the new technology used. It's not surprising that the early examples didn't fare any worse when you consider that most locomotives up to 160 km/h are now being built with nose-suspended motors. In order to prevent the front bogie from lifting when starting off with a heavy train, the bogies were connected with a cross coupler. In order to reduce wear on the rails, however, this coupling was no longer used in the last series and instead replaced by adjustments to the bogies themselves.

Production ended in 1973 after 194 units, after the locomotive now known as class 150 had a successor in the form of the 151. It proved to be a reliable workhorse, even if reduced performance in the upper speed range became apparent over time due to the simplified traction motors compared to the E 10. The more powerful and faster 151 was initially only able to compete for part of its missions, until it was increasingly pushed out of route service by the modern 152. In the end it was only used for pushing on ramps and for maneuvering and was retired in 2003. Lacking the prestige of an express train loco, all but two were scrapped within a short period of time.

General
Built1957-1973
Manufacturermechanical part: Krupp, Henschel, Krauss-Maffei, electrical part: SSW, BBC, AEG
Axle configC-C 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length63 ft 11 5/16 in
Wheelbase46 ft 1 9/16 in
Fixed wheelbase14 ft 3 5/8 in
Service weight282,191 lbs
Adhesive weight282,191 lbs
Axle load46,958 lbs
Power
Power sourceelectric - AC
Electric system15.000 V 16⅔ Hz
Hourly power6,035 hp (4,500 kW)
Continuous power5,914 hp (4,410 kW)
Top speed62 mph
Starting effort98,466 lbf
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
electric locomotive
freight
last changed: 02/2022
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