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Old December 30th, 2016, 01:36 AM   #3161
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Some more including confusion in Bochum!


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Old December 30th, 2016, 04:32 PM   #3162
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Good pics.


I found out today that DB Fernverkehr are going to cease using Class 103s.
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Old December 31st, 2016, 03:22 PM   #3163
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I can understand that they would still use them for special occasions, but I'm surprised to see them still using two 103's in regular service.

I would like to know how exactly DB Fernverkehr schedules its drivers? As far as I know you need to be specifically trained for every type of train you drive. It doesn't make sense to me, that you would need to train all the drivers deployed on those services on how to drive this loco, given the small chance of encountering this loco. By the time they actually need to drive they may have forgotten some really important detail. Remember that compared to the modern 101, the 103 is a much more sensitive machine. Handle her good and she'll perform better than a 101, handle her bad and she will bite.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 05:38 PM   #3164
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Old January 13th, 2017, 04:29 AM   #3165
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I can understand that they would still use them for special occasions, but I'm surprised to see them still using two 103's in regular service.

I would like to know how exactly DB Fernverkehr schedules its drivers? As far as I know you need to be specifically trained for every type of train you drive. It doesn't make sense to me, that you would need to train all the drivers deployed on those services on how to drive this loco, given the small chance of encountering this loco. By the time they actually need to drive they may have forgotten some really important detail. Remember that compared to the modern 101, the 103 is a much more sensitive machine. Handle her good and she'll perform better than a 101, handle her bad and she will bite.
That is a good point actually. It seems odd that DB didn't order enough 101s to replace all the 103s but it was a nice gesture to keep the two in use on regular intensive services. DB have had enough though, spares are hard to come by.
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That is a good point actually. It seems odd that DB didn't order enough 101s to replace all the 103s but it was a nice gesture to keep the two in use on regular intensive services. DB have had enough though, spares are hard to come by.
DB did order eneough 101´s.
The only reason why they kept those 103´s busy was to recover as much revenue as possible for keeping them in running condition - which in itself is/was a nice gesture as already noted.
... and to be able to run an engine type properly in a schedule it takes more than a single unit.
Your last point maybe the reason why this is all ending now.
They´re simply running out of spare parts as there are no 103´s left to be cannibalized.
There´s eventually a point when certain spare parts are needed that cannot be re-manufactured at a reasonable cost.
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Old January 14th, 2017, 04:07 PM   #3167
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If it wasn't for the ICE troubles over the last 20 years the BR 103 would probably had been fully retired from revenue services much earlier.
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Old January 14th, 2017, 04:38 PM   #3168
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DB did order eneough 101´s.
The only reason why they kept those 103´s busy was to recover as much revenue as possible for keeping them in running condition - which in itself is/was a nice gesture as already noted.
... and to be able to run an engine type properly in a schedule it takes more than a single unit.
Your last point maybe the reason why this is all ending now.
They´re simply running out of spare parts as there are no 103´s left to be cannibalized.
There´s eventually a point when certain spare parts are needed that cannot be re-manufactured at a reasonable cost.

That's true. On a positive note, one of the prototypes of the class is due to return to the mainline in 2017.
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Old January 14th, 2017, 07:19 PM   #3169
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There´s eventually a point when certain spare parts are needed that cannot be re-manufactured at a reasonable cost.
It's actually interesting when you realise that from the mid '70s they started using more and more electronic components and software in trains. Unlike for instance cars or home electronics those components were never made in high volume, so spares will run out much faster. And even if you do have the parts, what is the use when the computers you need to diagnose and configure them cannot be obtained anymore or nobody knows how to operate them any more.

I have this sneaking suspicion that newer train models will not age as well as their more conventional predecessors did.
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It's actually interesting when you realise that from the mid '70s they started using more and more electronic components and software in trains. Unlike for instance cars or home electronics those components were never made in high volume, so spares will run out much faster. And even if you do have the parts, what is the use when the computers you need to diagnose and configure them cannot be obtained anymore or nobody knows how to operate them any more.

I have this sneaking suspicion that newer train models will not age as well as their more conventional predecessors did.
True but, on the other hand, it's becoming way easier to update those machines to new technologies, thanks to a much higher level of standardization.

I can see now that several second-generation electronic locos are getting a total upgrade of all the electronics (while first-gen were just scrapped early), which can be quite convenient since all the rest of the machine is still good to go and keeps the original homologation.
In fact the only parts which become outdated fast are easily replaceable with new off-the-shelf parts.

I wouldn't be surprised to see the BR 120 die soon and a BR 101 or 152 get a second life. For example this is happening for the Italian counterpart of the 101 (E 402A).
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I think we can say anything about what will happen with the newer locomotives at DB. Most of the older series are now being replaced by mainly EMUs at DB Regio, the ICE-4 at DB Fernverkehr and new Bombardier Traxx and less older DB regio loco's at DB Cargo.

103 - DB Fernverkehr - end of revenue services
110/115 - DB Fernverkehr - still used on non revenue services
111 - DB Regio - constantly on the move to new services, often replaced by new EMU's, either by the DB or Private railways.
112 - DB Regio - same as 111, specifically replacing 143
120 - DB Fernverkehr - still going strong, some were used by DB Regio for RE services from Hamburg to Rostock.
139/140 - DB Cargo - end of revenue services at DB, still used by private railways
143 - DB Regio/DB Cargo - Many of these DR loco's have been scrapped, but 100 loco's will go to DB Cargo to replace the 140
151 - DB Cargo - No more heavy maintenance, will go out of service. Some have been sold to private railways.
155 - DB Cargo - Same as 151, it's on the way out


It's likely that all 200 km/h IC services will be replaced by ICE-4 or downgraded ICE-1 / 2 sets. The 101 might then simply be downgraded to 160 km/h services, they could also be replaced by newer 146 / 147 locomotives or by then new locomotives capable of 160 km/h. Therefor the 101 might not need to get a full technical overhaul with completely new systems.
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Old January 15th, 2017, 10:57 PM   #3172
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[DE] Railpool acquires 200 locomotives from DB Cargo

DB are clearing out quite 200 old locos, they are going to Railpool.

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has been rumored for some time, but it is materializing now: DB Cargo (Germany) is selling-of its oldest electrics. The deal includes around 200 machines of the 151 and 155 series. All heavy six-axle electrics, built in 1972-1978 (151) and 1977-1984 (155). Lease company Railpool (Oaktree / GIC) will be managing the fleet after the deal is closed. Toshiba from Japan is one of the other investors in the deal. DB Cargo will remain responsible for the maintenance of the 151/155s.

Railpool filed for approval at the Bundeskartelamt on 16.11.2016 (no. B9-178/16).

DB Cargo will to lease-back 100 units, the other machines will be made available to other operators. When we take a look at the current fleet of DB Cargo, the number of 151/155 series machines currently available for revenue services lies around 130 units (source elektrolok.de). The other 70 machines that should be included in the deal are currently sidelined or even withdrawn. This means on the short term, that ‘only’ 30 units become available to open access operators. If Railpool wants to offer more locomotives to the market, they will have spend money on overhauling them.

Railcolor: It is very likely that after the deal is closed, DB Cargo will no longer own 151/155 series locomotives directly. (Of course there are still 151s operated through DB’s daughter company RBH Logistics and the MEG still has 155s in its fleet). As the very last 139/140 series electrics were sidelined in 2016, this deal will make the recently acquired 143 series locomotives (year of construction: 1984-1991), taken-over from DB Regio, the oldest units in the fleet. All other DB Cargo locomotives are built after 1995 and have the more modern three-phase electric propulsion system (series 145, 152, 185, 186, 187 and 189).

DB Cargo has been reducing the fleet of locomotives constantly during the past years. This is a logical consequence of the transition of an close market towards and open market, in combinations with DB Cargo’s current strategy; rationalizing the activities of the company. Selling-of the old 151/155 means some extra cash on the short term (70 million euro they say), and more flexibility in the fleet on the longer term. Expect DB Cargo to slowly reducing the number of 151/155s on hire during the next years, depending on how the German railfreight market will develop. Another important factor will be the arrival of the new 187 series, of which 110 units are currently on order. And possibly more will be ordered in the future.
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Old January 17th, 2017, 11:39 PM   #3173
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Old February 1st, 2017, 09:01 PM   #3175
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What surprised me is that the class 102 doesn't have either the DB-Einheitsführerstand nor the standardised European Driver's Desk. It will feature a combined traction and brake controller, which use for locomotives is very uncommon outside the former Eastern European countries.

I would like to see the layout of the driver's desk of the driving trailer. Does it use ZWS to control the locomotive like all other modern German driving trailers or some proprietary protocol so they can only be used together with class 102? Would coupling a class 101 to this driving trailer work?
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