103 245 at München Hbf, 17/10/16 (JW)
The Deutsche Bundesbahn Class 103 electric locomotives are arguably one of the most well-known and instantly recognisable in the world.
149 of these 9,980hp, 200km/h machines – 4 prototypes (103 001-103 004) and 145 production locos (103 101-103 245) – were built, but only 17 remain extant.
Of these, just two remain active on the main line: 103 222, a former test train loco now used predominantly for stock moves by Railadventure, and 103 245, based at München and occasionally used to haul main line service trains – at the time of writing it has no specific booked diagrams, but it is currently in the process of being reactivated with a view to regaining booked work on a diagram to Wörgl. 103 113, which was retired from front line service on 30th March 2017, is now a museum loco based at the DB Museum at Koblenz and will perform on occasional main line railtours – the first occurred on 17th and 18th June 2017.
The other 15 can be found static across Germany, predominantly in museums. Those on display are at locations easily accessed by train, with the sole exception of one of the prototypes, 103 002, which is on display at the “Spatzenpark”, a family attraction at Herrnried, approximately 25 miles north-west of Regensburg. It occasionally comes up for sale on eBay, although nobody has stumped up the €200,000 asking price yet!
|103 001||DB Museum, under repair at Hamburg (recently tripped from Langenfelde to Eidelstedt to join ‘235, August 2017)|
|103 002||Spatzenpark, Herrnried|
|103 004||Bahnbetriebswerk Lichtenfels|
|103 101||DB Museum, at Eisenbahnmuseum Darmstadt-Kranichstein|
|103 113||DB Museum, Koblenz-Lützel|
|103 132||DB Museum, stored at Dessau Works|
|103 136||Bayerisches Eisenbahnmuseum, Nördlingen|
|103 167||DB Museum, at Lokwelt Freilassing|
|103 184||DB Museum, at Bahnbetriebswerk Lichtenfels|
|103 197||Privately owned, stored at Altenbeken|
|103 220||DB Museum, Koblenz-Lützel|
|103 222||In service with Railadventure|
|103 224||DB Museum, Nürnberg|
|103 226||Südwestfälisches Eisenbahnmuseum, Siegen|
|103 233||DB Museum, Koblenz-Lützel|
|103 235||DB Museum, at Hamburg-Eidelstedt|
|103 245||In service with DB Fernverkehr, München|