In the early 1970s, the production of express train locomotive DB Class 110 came to an end, but the demand for high-speed electric locomotives remained. Thus, the German Federal Railroad decided to develop a successor series – the DB . Here, proven parts of its predecessor were used. The four-axle locomotives, which reach a speed of 160 kilometers per hour, were manufactured between 1974 and 1984. A total of 227 machines were produced. Compared to its predecessor series, the 111 series was equipped with newer bogies, so that the smoothness was improved at high speeds. The newly developed DB-Einheitsführerstand now also for the engine driver better working conditions were guaranteed. The most important construction sites were the Krauss-Maffei plants, but also Henschel and Krupp as well as Siemens, AEG and BBC. One still used the conventional AC technology.
Details on the DB Class 111
- Manufacturer: AEG, BBC, Henschel, krauss-Maffei, Krupp, Siemens
- Length: 16.750 mm
- Numbering: various
- Weight: 83 t
- Years of Construction: 1974–1984
- Top speed: 160 km/h
- Retirement: since 2013
- Drive:Rubber ring spring
- Power system:</strong 15 kV 16,7 Hz AC
- Numbers: 227
- Power:3700 kW
- Command:Sifa, PZB 90, LZB (partially)
The area of application and the whereabouts of the electric locomotive BR 111
The E-locomotive DB Class 111 is mainly used in regional and suburban traffic, partly also in long-distance traffic. Since 1998, however, the use of long-distance passenger transport has been decreasing. For a short time, it was even used in the 1980s for S-Bahn traffic. Only in 1997, the last locomotive of the DB Class 111 series was replaced in this area. However, some of the machines from 2010 to 2013 were put back into operation by the S-Bahn Nuremberg, due to which the current model series 442 was not yet approved. Since 2013, the station of the DB Class 111 series is located in Ludwigshafen. It has great advantages due to its technical versatility and its high speed potential. Particularly well known are their double-decker cars. Now, the locomotives of the DB Class 111 increasingly retired and scrapped. When, finally, none of these machines can be found on the tracks, it is still unclear.