The DB Class 109 belongs to the type of construction with the axle formula Bo'Bo'. With the axle formula Bo'Bo', two individually driven axles are installed in two different frame bogies.

More interesting facts

The E-loc BR 109 of the Deutsche Bahn was originally as DR Neubaulok the class E 11 on the road, from 1970 then as 211. It marks the entry of the German Reichsbahn of the GDR in the construction of electric locomotives. The probably because of their wooden roof bars colloquially referred to as “wooden scooter” designated, about 16 meters long and 120 km / h fast locomotives were made from 1961 at the VEB Lokomotivbau Elektrotechnische Werke “Hans Beimler” in Hennigsdorf. The design engineers based their work largely on the E18 express train locomotive. The E11 / E locomotive BR 109 has a bridge frame construction and a lightweight self-supporting locomotive body. The AC drive motor of the E 11 with the axle formula Bo’Bo ‘(2 consecutive, coupled axles, each with its own drive) was built in Sachsenwerk Niedersedlitz near Dresden. The color scheme of the series changed over the years from green to blue yellow to burgundy.

Details of the DB Class 109


  • ManufacturerLEW-Hennigsdorf
  • Length: 16.260 mm
  • Numbering: various
  • Weight: 82,5 t
  • Years of Construction: 1961–1963, 1970–1976
  • Retirement: 1990er
  • Top speed: 120 km/h
  • Numbers: 96
  • Power: 2740 kW
  • Starting tractive: 216 kN
  • Brake: Air brake K-GPR

Use and home of the DB Class 109

By the end of 1976, a total of 95 units of the powerful locomotives were built and used in passenger and freight transport. Home stations were Leipzig, Halle, Erfurt and Weissenfels. From 1980, the locomotives were then slowly displaced by subsequent models. At the beginning of the 90s, the 109 locomotives of Deutsche Bahn AG were redrawn. In 1998, the last locomotives were withdrawn from service for the time being. It is thanks to the robustness of the electric locomotive BR 109 that 36 units still exist today and some of the originally decommissioned locomotives are even in use again. The railway company Potsdam has two (109 028 and 109 030), the Georg Transport Organization on three operational electric locomotives of the 109 series (109 084, 109 013 and 109 073). The latter operate approximately on the royal line between Berlin and Mukran / Sassnitz.