As the 145 and 146 series, Baureihe (Class) 152 is an electric locomotive derived from the 101's design. It was the first new mainline freight engine ordered by DB Cargo, Deutsche Bahn's freight-service subsidiary. It soon earned the nickname of "Ferrari" as it's painted fire-engine red and has brakes with perforated discs visible from outside.
Built by Siemens and Krauss-Maffei, 170 units were delivered from 1996 through 2001. A further 25 ordered units were cancelled, as DB bought Taurus (182) locos for the Austrian services instead.
Technical fact sheet:
- Concept: Bo'Bo' layout (four axles in two bogies), all axles driven, disc brakes; German 15 kV/16-2/3 Hz catenary AC is transformed into rotary current for the four motors by electronical power converters; regenerative braking
- Power: 6,400 kW sustained, -5,830 kW when electrically braking
- Traction: 300 kN maximum, 270 kN sustained at 85.3 km/h, -150 kN when electrically braking
- Top speed: 160 km/h
- Total weight: 87 tonnes (21.75 tonnes per axle)
- Length: 19.58 m
- Width: 3 m
- Distance between bogies: 9.9 m
- Distance between axles in bogie: 3 m
- Diameter of driven wheels: 1.25 m
- Number in service: 170