The diesel locomotive DB Class V 100 belongs to the type B'B'. The type of construction has two drive-connected bogies, each with two coupled wheelsets.

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The diesel locomotive DB is a locomotive with a diesel-hydraulic drive. The V100 series was put into operation at the end of the 1950s by the Deutsche Bahn and replaced by partial steam trains, which are displaced by electrified locomotive engines or diesel vehicles. The diesel locomotive DB Class V 100 was built from 1985 – 1963 by the company Maschinenbau Kiel (MaK). The final withdrawal took place in 2004. The machine is designed for a peak output of up to 100 km / h and a continuous output of 809 kW. The locomotives of the machine V100 were equipped with two rotary positions, which each have two driven wheelsets. As drives twelve-cylinder engines in V-arrangement were used, which were among others manufactured by the companies Maybach, Mercedes-Benz and MAN.

Details of the DB Class V 100


  • Manufacturer: Maschinenbau Kiel (MaK)
  • Length: 12100 mm
  • Numbering: various
  • Weight: 62 t
  • Years of Construction: 1958-1963
  • Top speed: 100 km/h
  • Retirement: bis 2004
  • Engine type: various
  • Train heating: Steam
  • Numbers: 364
  • Power: 809 kW
  • Attractive force: 177 kN
  • Command: Sifa, Indusi

DB Class V 100 - receipt and use of locomotives

Also in operation are 15 714 model locomotives and 4 locomotives of the 212 and 213 locomotives. They are located at the DB subsidiary DB Bahnbau Gruppe and help, for example, with the maintenance of tunnel work and thus make an important contribution to the maintenance of the railway network German train. Most of the machines were sold within a cooperation with the French rail company Alstom, which began work at Alstom Lokomotiven Service GmbH. In the factories there, the obsolete models are revised, adapted to current standards and sold in part to private railways. Isolated models of the diesel locomotive Class V 100 were housed in museums and can be inspected there. Various track construction companies use the locomotive, as it offers certain advantages due to its design. The machines have a high-level operator’s cab, which can have a better overview over end-guide-level cars and are therefore ideal for track work. In doing so, they guarantee more safety for the staff during work and can avoid more accidents. In total, the V100 diesel locomotive produced 381 machines equipped with hydraulic power transmission.