The diesel locomotive DR Class VT 18.16 belongs to the type B'2'+2'2'+2'2'+2'B'. In the B'2'+2'2'+2'2'+2'B' type, two trailing axles independent of the main frame and running together in a bogie, two moving axles joined in a movable bogie, followed by two times two, in a movable bogie united barrel axles, as well as two, united in a movable bogie running axles and two independent of the main frame driving axles, which run coupled together in a bogie, built.
Under the name DR Class , the diesel-hydraulic fast train was built in 1963 for the first time by the VEB Waggonbau Görlitz in the GDR. The abbreviation VT stands for combustion railcars, the 18 for a total of 1,800 hp and the 16 for a maximum speed up to 160 km / h. From 1970, the type Görlitz ran under the name railcar DR Class VT 18.16. A total of eight railcars of this type were built. This railcar was at the time to compete with the Trans-Europ Express VT 11.5 of the German Federal Railways. These vehicles were used primarily for international traffic to Austria, Scandinavia and Czechoslovakia. The railcar BR 175 was quite famous under the name Vindobona on the route from Prague to Vienna. Under sonorous train names reversed this train
– as Berlinaren from Berlin to Malmö,
– as Karlex from Berlin to Carlsbad,
– as Karola from Leipzig to Carlsbad,
– as Neptune from Berlin to Copenhagen,
– as Vindobona from Berlin via Prague to Vienna and
– as Sorb Express from Berlin to Bautzen.
Details of railcar DR Class VT 18.16
- Manufacturer: VEB Waggonbau Görlitz
- Length: 98600 - 145100 mm
- Numbering: Various
- Weight: 214,4 - 296 t
- Years of Construction: 1963 and 1965 - 1968
- Top speed: 160 km/h
- Retirement: 2003
- Numbers: 8
- Power: 2x 736 kW
- Engine type: 2x 12 KVD 18/21
- Drive: diesel-hydraulic
- Train heating: Air/Water
- Command: Sifa, Indusi
Today's residence and roadworthiness of the railcar DR Class VT 18.16
The railcar DR Class VT 18.16 was retired in the late 80s. At the beginning of the 90s, there was only one operational unit that was on the way as a DR train. In 1992, the train was renamed the new Class number 675. In 2003, this vehicle was finally put out of service and included in the stock of the railway museum of the DB. In July 2014, this railcar finally came to the railway association OHKB e.V. Ketzin. Another, non-operational unit is located at the Berlin-Lichtenberg station, where it is maintained by the BSW leisure group. As a so-called youth club train Ernst Thälmann another railcar unit in the railway museum Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf is maintained. About the whereabouts of two more DR Class VT 18.16 are no longer available. It is known that one of these trains was seriously damaged in Velten.