DB Class 216 - large diesel locomotive of the DB AG

Class 216 - also known as V 160

The diesel locomotive DB Class 216 of the Deutsche Bahn AG is the first variant of the prototype V 160, which was developed after the Second World War by the German Federal Railways as a single engine large diesel locomotive and was used in the medium-heavy line service. From time to time a whole cluster of more than 800 specimens emerged from the V 160, the different variants of which were introduced in the model series scheme of Deutsche Bahn introduced in 1968 under the serial numbers 210, 215, 216, 217, 218 and 219. The diesel locomotive DB Class 216 has been known since 1968 under the short name “series 216”.

Due to conversions two more series were added later, namely the series 225 and the series 226, which is based on the series 216. The 1960 standardized prototypes 216 001 to 216 009 and the single piece 216 010, which was regrettably scrapped, optically depart from the production vehicles 216 011 to 216 224. In the production vehicles was dispensed with the rounded front end, which identifies the pre-series locomotives. The first examples of the diesel locomotive DB Class 216 was given the nickname Lollo by the railwaymen in the style of the then world-famous Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida. From the proven prototypes, the most successful DB diesel locomotive was developed.

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Details of DB Class 216

Manufacturer: Krupp, KHD,
Henschel, Krauss-Maffei,
Length: 16000 mm
Height: 4,590 mm
Numbering: V 160 001-154
From 1968 216 001-224
Weight: 76.7 t
Years of construction:Pre-series 1960
Series 1964 - 1968
Top speed:Fast gear: 120 km/h,
Slow gear: 80 km/h
Retirement:Pre-series 1978 - 1984
Series 1993 - 2004
Fuel supply: 2700 l diesel
Tightening force: 240 / 170 kN
Number: 224
Power: 1400 kW
Motor type: MTU MB 16 V 652 TB 10 or
MTU MD16 V 538 TB 10 *
Train heating: Steam
Brake:Compressed air brake
Axis formula:B'B'

* Pre-series

Interesting facts
The diesel locomotive DB Class 216 belongs to the type B'B'. In the B'B' type, two bogies, each with two coupled wheelsets, are used for the drive.

More fnteresting facts

The use of the diesel locomotive DB Class 216 from 1979 - 1983

From 1979 to 1983, the diesel locomotive DB Class 216 was used to tow heavy freight trains through the Ruhr. Like almost all Deutsche Bahn railroad locomotives, it is – in contrast to the locomotives of the Deutsche Reichsbahn – capable of double-traction, which makes it possible, in particular, to have a relatively precise performance tuning.

For example, it could be operated together with the most powerful class 218, which is still in use today on many non-electrified lines of Deutsche Bahn AG, both in passenger and local traffic, as well as in express train and freight traffic. Since 1968, the diesel locomotives of the DB Class 216 are located in the so-called Bw Ulm Rbf, the railway depot of the Ulm shunting yard, which is still in operation today.