The vehicles of the DB Class V 90 series are medium-heavy diesel-hydraulic locomotives.

History and design features

The diesel locomotive DB Class V 90 is mostly used as a displacement and shunting locomotive. The vehicles of the series 290 were manufactured in the years from 1963 to 1974. A total of DB Class V 90 408 locomotives were produced by the diesel locomotive BR by MaK, by Jung-Jungenthal, Henschel, Krupp and Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz. The gauge of each vehicle is 1,435 mm (standard gauge). They are over buffers 14,000, or 14,320 mm, long and 3,100 mm wide. The service mass amounts to in each case 80 t. With 1,100 horsepower installed, it can reach up to 70 km / h. The diesel locomotive Class V 90 was originally developed for heavy shunting service. The pre-production of the vehicles was started in 1964. The series production finally started in 1966. Several times the vehicles were modernized and exchanged their engines subjected, so in the 1970s and 1980s and since 2003.

Details DB Class V 90

Manufacturer: MaK, Jung-Jungenthal,
Henschel, Krupp,
Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz (KHD),
Length: 14000 - 14320 mm
Numbering: with MTU MB 12:
V90 001-070 290 001-407,
290 999, later 408 294 071-408
(with gaps) 294 901-910
(DT capable, now 951-960)

with MTU 4000:
290 371 290
502-690 (with gaps)
294 571-908 (with gaps)
294 951-960 (DT-capable)
296 023-068 (with gaps)
Weight: 80 t
Years of construction: 1964/1965 (pre-series), 1966-1969, 1971-1974
Top speed:High speed:
70 km/h (pre-series)
/ 80 km/h (series & remotorised locomotives)

Slow speed:
40 km/h

Towing speed:
80 km/h
Retirement: since 2009
(mainly 290 and
non-remotorised 294)
Fuel supply: 3200 l diesel
Tightening force:Fast speed: 188 kN /
Slow speed: 236 kN
Number: 408 locomotives
296: 45
Power: 290/294: 800 kW (1100 hp)
Engine type: 290/294:
MTU MB 12 V 652 TA

290/294/296 (remotorised):
MTU V8 4000 R41
Train heater: none
Train protection: PZB 90 ER24 V 2.0
Axle formula: B'B'
Brake:Locomotive brake:
Additional brake

Train brake:


Interesting facts
The diesel locomotive DB Class V 90 belongs to the construction type B'B'. In this type of locomotive, two bogies with two coupled wheelsets each are installed.

More interesting facts

The diesel locomotive DB Class V 90 - Today whereabouts and rebuildings since 1995

The locomotives are currently located at locations throughout Germany and are used here in single wagon transport for DB Schenker. Their main area of ​​application is limited to the numerous shunting yards, where they then pick up cars and then put together to car groups. These shunting yards are monitored by signal boxes. A larger number of locomotives was equipped from 1995 with the radio remote control manufacturer Krauss-Maffei and renamed as a result of this equipment in the 294 series. From 2006, another 45 locomotives of the series received remote control systems and were then renamed in series 296. A Class V 90 locomotive has been in service with the Bundeswehr for several years. In 1996, however, this locomotive became the property of Deutsche Bahn AG. Another vehicle of the original series is in service since a serious accident in 2006, after repair as a museum locomotive. With automatic Shunting couplings equipped locomotives of the former series received after their conversion then the designation series 295.