Old German locos substitute for modern EMUs

VETERAN electric locos have made a comeback on several routes in Germany.

They are replacing modern EMUs, which are out of service because of accident damage or maintenance.

TRI 110 469 leads a Cologne to Wuppertal RB48 EMU replacement service into Köln Messe Deutz on December 7. This loco and its train are contracted to be used to operate occasional additional trains across the Ruhr region in 2019 on behalf of transport authority VRR. KEITH FENDER

In December, three routes in western Germany had these temporary stand-ins operating, two of them using Class 110 electric locos originally built for West German Railways (Deutsche Bundesbahn) from 1956-1969.

National Express had been using a push-pull set of older coaches, normally powered by loco 110 469 (although other loco types have appeared occasionally) on the Cologne to Wuppertal ‘RB48’ route throughout 2018 following accident damage in late-2017 to some of its fleet of ‘Talent 2’ EMUs; the replacement train (or Ersatz Zug in German) normally only operates on weekdays.

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