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Locomotive, Diesel, DB V60

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NameLocomotive, Diesel, DB V60
VarietyDB V60
ManufacturerDeutsche Bundesbahn (Details)
EraEU Epoch III (1945 - 1970)
Source of TextWikipedia
Text Credit URLLink
Year(s) of Production1956–1964

History: The DB V60 is a 640 hp (480 kW) 3-axle Diesel-Hydraulic shunting locomotive built for the Deutschen Bundesbahn (former Western Germany state railway company) between 1956 and 1964. A total of 942 V60 locomotives were built by 8 different manufacturers.
In 1968, the series was reclassified as Baureihe BR 260 (light variant) and BR 261 (heavy variant).
In 1987 the engine was classified as a minor locomotive (Kleinlok) and reclassified BR 360 and BR 361. A radio controlled variant was also designed and classified BR 364 (light) or BR 365 (heavy).
In 1997, some locomotives were re-motorized and reclassified as BR 362 (light) or BR 363 (heavy).

The DB V60 must not be confused with its namesake DR V60 (later BR 105/106) built approximately at the same period by the Deutschen Reichsbahn (Eastern Germany).

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Deutsche Bundesbahn was the Western Germany DB before reunification. After World War II, Germany (and the DRG) was divided into 4 zones: US, British, French and Soviet. The first three eventually combined to form the Federal Republic of Germany (the West) and the Russian zone became the German Democratic Republic (the East). German territories beyond the Oder were ceded to Poland except for the northern part of East Prussia, which was ceded to the Soviet Union in 1945.

From 1949, the new governments assumed authority for railway operations. The DRG's (or DR's) successors were named Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB, German Federal Railways) in West Germany, and Deutsche Reichsbahn (DR, German State Railways) in East Germany kept the old name to hold tracking rights in western Berlin.

Unlike the DRG, which was a corporation, both the DB and the DR were federal state institutions, directly controlled by their respective transportation ministries. Railway service between East and West was restricted; there were around five well-controlled and secure checkpoints between West and East Germany, and about the same number between East Germany and West Berlin. Four transit routes existed between West Germany and West Berlin; citizens of West Berlin and West Germany were able to use these without too much harassment by the East German authorities.

The DB started in 1968 with changing the locomotive and passenger car serial numbers to the UIC norm. In 1970 the DR followed. The DB started experimenting with the Intercity trains in a new livery (bright orange).

In 1989, the Wall fell. Train frequency rapidly increased on the existing East/West corridors; closed links which had formerly crossed the border were re-opened. On 3 October 1990, Germany was reunified; however, this was not immediately the case with the railways. Administrative and organisational problems led to the decision to completely re-organize and reconnect Germany's railways. The so-called Bahnreform (Railway Reform) came into effect on 1 January 1994, when the State railways Deutsche Bundesbahn and Deutsche Reichsbahn were formally reunited to form the current German Railway Corporation (Deutsche Bahn).

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Item created by: Alain LM on 2019-03-23 17:18:03. Last edited by Alain LM on 2019-03-25 23:23:32

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