Baureihe (Class) 189 is Deutsche Bahn's most recently acquired electric locomotive; prototypes have begun taking up service, but delivery of the first series will continue through 2006. 189 is Siemens' "Euro-loco": a four-voltage multisystem engine with safety and train control systems enabling it to operate on the railway nets of fifteen European countries.
189 is a high-performance cargo loco and will drive fast transeuropean freight trains for DB Cargo.
Technical fact sheet:
- Concept: Bo'Bo' layout (four axles in two bogies), all axles driven, disc brakes; catenary current is transformed into rotary current for the four motors by electronical power converters; accepted catenary systems:
- 15 kV 16-2/3 Hz two-phase AC (Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland)
- 25 kV 50 Hz two-phase AC (Denmark, northern France, Luxembourg, Hungary)
- 1.5 kV DC (Belgium, Poland, Italy)
- 3 kV DC (southern France, Netherlands; yes, this is an AC/DC loco)
- Power: 6,400 kW on AC; 6,000 kW on 3 kV DC; 4,200 kW on 1.5 kV DC
- Traction: 300 kN maximum
- Top speed: 140 km/h
- Total weight: 86 tonnes (21.5 tonnes per axle)
- Length: 19.58 m
- Number to be acquired: 100