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High-Performance Locomotive Class 189

High-Performance Locomotive

Four-System High-Performance Locomotive Class 189
for Railion Deutschland AG

In 1999, Railion Deutschland AG ordered 100 Class 189 four-system locomotives for freight operations. These were developed directly from the Class 152 and form the multi-system platform of the Eurosprinter family.

Four-System High-Performance Locomotive Class 189

Type Class 189
2003 – 2005
Wheel arrangement
Power system
AC 15 kV / 16.7 Hz; AC 25 kV / 50 Hz; DC 3 kV; DC 1.5 kV
Rating [kW]
AC 6,400; DC 3 kV 6,000; DC 1.5 kV 4,200
Starting tractive effort [kN]
Maximum speed [km/h]
Weight [t]
Track gauge [mm]
Numbers built

Scope of application

The locomotives are designed for use in cross-border freight operations. They are able to operate not only in AC systems with 15 kV / 16.7 Hz and 25 kV / 50 Hz but also in DC systems with 1.5 kV and 3 kV.

Technical features

The Class 189 provides individual axle control and achieves a maximum speed of 140 km/h. In AC systems, the DC link voltage is generated by fourquadrant choppers. In DC systems, the overhead line voltage is fed directly to the DC link. The use of water-cooled high voltage IGBT traction converters (6.5 kV) marks the transition to the third generation of the Eurosprinter family. The controls of the Class 189 locomotive are designed in conformance with the other vehicles German Rail plans to use for its cross-border services. In compliance with the scope of application of a freight locomotive, the bogies are equipped with nose-suspended drives and disc brakes.


This locomotive Class 189 type will be provided with all the equipment required for operation in the other European countries. The locomotives will be prepared for homologation in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Slovak Republic.

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