Like the 01 the steam locomotive BR 18 201 belongs to the type 2'C 1 'h3. They have 2 consecutive, unified in a bogie, independent of the main frame axles, and 1 mounted from the main frame barrel axis. The steam is superheated steam and the machine is 3 cylinders.
The steam locomotive DRG was built in 1961 in the Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk Meiningen as the last steam locomotive produced in Germany. To be able to test passenger cars for export with 160 km / h top speed, the Reichsbahn needed a suitable locomotive. Existing and proven assemblies have been assembled. In general one could say: everything had already happened, but unique in this composition. Steam Locomotive DRG Class 18 201 was built from the chassis of the Henschel Wegmann locomotive 61 002, which dragged after 1945 for a short time special trains and the special car of the Minister of Transport before it was converted into the steam locomotive DRG Class 18 201. The 18 201 series also originated from the outer cylinders of the test locomotive H 45 024 and the Rekokessel used for the 03.10 and the 44 468 tender. The steam locomotive has an output of 1160 kW, a length over buffers of 25,145 mm and a service mass of 113, 6 t. In the color scheme, it was decided for a medium green paint. Only one copy of the series was produced.
Details of the DRG Class 18 201
- Hersteller: Henschel & Sohn u.a.
- Length: 13820 mm
- Numbering: various
- Weight: 88,5 t
- Year of Construction: 1928 - 1943
- Top Speed: 70-80 km/h
- Retirement: 1972 (ÖBB); 1974 (DB); 1976/1989 (DR)
- Fuel supply: 4 t Hard cole
- Water supply: 9.0 m³
- Number: 776
- Power: 758 kW / 1030 PSi
- Brake: Single-chamber air brake type Knorr with additional brake
- Boiler overpressure: 14 bar
Use and testing of the steam locomotive DRG Class 18 201
For the first time, the locomotive was tested on the route Frankfurt (Oder) and Fangschleuse, where 160 km / h were measured. In November of the same year, the steam locomotive DRG Class 18 201 reached a top speed of 176 km / h on the railway test ring in Prague-Velim. In addition to the test drives, the machine mastered demanding scheduled journeys in front of fast trains. In 1972, the steam locomotive was retired after 10 years of operation and finally sold to the Historical Railway Frankfurt am Main. Since then, the DRG Class 18 201 series has been exhibited in the Sinsheim Auto and Technik Museum. Most recently completed DRG Class 18 201 on 04.06.2011 with a five-car fast train a long-distance trip from Leipzig to the railway museum Darmstadt-Kranichstein and back. Apart from the Spessart and Frankenwald ramp driven with thrust support, the approx. 900 km long distance was trouble-free.