DB Class 112 and 114: current status

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112102 at Berlin Alexanderplatz, 13/05/12 (JW)

The word “underrated” has become a bit of a cliche when applied to workaday locomotive types, but for the German class 112/114 family of electrics, it is truly appropriate.

Built between 1990 and 1994, the 129-strong fleet was conceived as a development of the ubiquitous Class 243 electrics for the former East Germany (since reunification, DB Class 143).  The 143s were 120km/h machines, but the gradual spread of electrification and increases in line speeds behind the Iron Curtain necessitated 160km/h motive power, especially with the Berlin to Dresden axis in mind.  Four prototype machines were built; 212 002 to 212 005, which entered traffic in the days immediately following German reunification in October 1990.  These were later renumbered 112 002 to 112 005 under the post-reunification numbering convention.

The success of these four led to the procurement of a further 35 machines (112 006 – 112 040), which entered traffic solidly and reliably in the astonishingly short window between August and December 1991.

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Now stored in the “strategic reserve” at Hamm, 114 026 (the former 112 026) is seen in happier times on an RE7 service at Berlin Ostbahnhof, 11/05/12 (JW)

There then followed a flagship project – the first locomotive procurement since reunification of the two German railway administrations (if not the formal merger) – the 90 machines of class 112.1.  These entered traffic between 1992 and 1994 – but not in numerical order…  Interestingly, the Deutsche Reichsbahn ordered 112 101 to 112 145, and the Deutsche Bundesbahn 112 146 to 112 190.  These were constructed side by the side in the factory at Hennigsdorf, therefore the last to enter traffic in 1994 was in fact 112 145.

Sectorisation of German railways in the late 1990s saw the 112.0s pass to DB Nahverkehr for regional passenger train work, with the 112.1s remaining on long-distance duties.  In order to further underline the distinction, the 112.0s were consequently renumbered as class 114.  When the 112.1s followed suit in the early years of the last decade, no further class renumbering took place.

But what of my claim that they are “underrated”?  These machines have worked away for over a quarter of a century with little fuss or fanfare, and have made themselves at home in most, if not all of Germany’s 16 states over the years.  They have proved as adept on the RE and RB work that they have made their own, as the InterCity work for which they were built; if anything, the tightly-timed start-stop nature of the duties they find themselves on nowadays makes it far more demanding than what was envisaged for them on the drawing board.  Their acceleration can be truly astonishing, and even now they are frequently diagrammed to turn in over 1000km in a day.

Sadly, a by-product of their modest nature is that their gradual withdrawal is also largely going unnoticed.  As of 05/07/17, only 75 of the 90 class 112.1 remain in traffic.

Loco Operator Last Reported Passenger Working
112 101 DB Regio – Cottbus 13/05/17: RE4355
112 102 DB Regio – Rostock 02/06/17: Berlin REs
112 103 DB Regio – Rostock 17/05/17: RE13290
112 104 DB Regio – Cottbus 09/06/17: RE10
112 105 DB Regio – Stuttgart 09/06/17: RB39910
112 106 DB Regio – Stuttgart 24/06/17: Stuttgart RBs
112 107 stopped at Dessau Works 26/12/16: RE4358
112 108 DB Regio – Stuttgart 19/06/17: Stuttgart RBs
112 109 DB Regio – Cottbus 19/06/17: Berlin REs
112 110 DB Regio – Cottbus 01/06/17: Berlin REs
112 111 DB Regio – Cottbus 19/06/17: Berlin REs
112 112 DB Regio – Cottbus 03/05/17: RE5
112 113 DB Regio – Cottbus 05/06/17: RE18392
112 114 DB Regio – Cottbus 02/06/17: Berlin REs
112 115 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 02/06/17: Berlin REs
112 116 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 02/06/17: Berlin REs
112 117 DB Regio – Cottbus 28/05/17: Kirchentag additional to Lutherstadt Wittenberg
112 118 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 19/06/17: Berlin REs
112 119 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 02/06/17: Berlin REs
112 120 DB Regio – Cottbus 02/06/17: Berlin REs
112 121 DB Regio – Cottbus 23/05/17: RE78903
112 122 DB Regio – Cottbus 02/06/17: Berlin REs
112 123 DB Regio – Cottbus 09/05/17: RE3
112 124 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 08/06/17: RE3306
112 125 DB Regio – Kiel 23/06/17: RE7
112 126 stored at Hamm (SSM)
112 127 stored at Hamm (SSM)
112 128 stored at Kiel 15/07/16: RE15
112 129 stored at Cottbus 30/09/16: RE1
112 130 stored at Hamm (SSM)
112 131 stored at Kiel 18/01/17: Hamburg REs
112 132 stored at Cottbus 13/09/16: Berlin REs
112 133 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 17/06/17: RE18491
112 134 stored at Stuttgart 13/08/16: RB31
112 135 scrapped 03/09 after a fire at Borgeln on 04/06/08
112 136 stored at Hamm (SSM)
112 137 stored at Hamm (SSM)
112 138 DB Regio – Stuttgart 09/06/17: RB19122
112 139 DB Regio – Stuttgart 19/06/17: Stuttgart RBs
112 140 DB Regio – Kiel 26/04/17: RE21134
112 141 DB Regio – Kiel 30/05/17: Hamburg REs
112 142 DB Regio – Kiel 12/06/17: RE21026
112 143 DB Regio – Kiel 22/06/17: RE21008
112 144 DB Regio – Kiel 21/06/17: RE21083
112 145 DB Regio – Kiel 19/02/17: RE7
112 146 DB Regio – Cottbus 14/03/17: RE3191
112 147 DB Regio – Kiel 18/06/17: RE21418
112 148 DB Regio – Cottbus 27/02/17: RB49
112 149 DB Regio – Kiel 18/06/17: RE21064
112 150 DB Regio – Kiel 21/06/17: RB21306
112 151 DB Regio – Kiel 21/05/17: RE21014
112 152 DB Regio – Cottbus 10/06/17: RB31
112 153 DB Regio – Kiel 22/06/17: RE21010
112 154 DB Regio – Kiel 24/06/17: Schleswig-Holstein RE7
112 155 DB Regio – Cottbus 13/05/17: Warnemünde cruise train
112 156 DB Regio – Kiel 21/06/17: RE21006
112 157 DB Regio – Kiel 07/06/17: RE21865
112 158 stored at Kiel 26/04/17: RE21420
112 159 DB Regio – Kiel 22/06/17: RB21306
112 160 DB Regio – Kiel 22/06/17: RE21004
112 161 DB Regio – Stuttgart Overhaul date of 28/06/17 now back in traffic.
112 162 DB Regio – Kiel 21/06/17: RE21056
112 163 DB Regio – Kiel 18/06/17: RE21318.  Viewed on stock move at Seelze 07/07/17.
112 164 DB Regio – Magdeburg 11/06/16: RB86
112 165 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 02/06/17: Berlin REs
112 166 DB Regio – Magdeburg 11/05/17: Magdeburg S1
112 167 DB Regio – Kiel 24/06/17: RE41420
112 168 DB Regio – Kiel 30/05/17: Hamburg REs
112 169 DB Regio – Stuttgart 09/06/17: RB39914
112 170 DB Regio – Stuttgart 08/06/17: RB39914
112 171 DB Regio – Kiel 30/05/17: Hamburg REs
112 172 DB Regio – Kiel 18/06/17: RE21420
112 173 DB Regio – Kiel 30/05/17: Hamburg REs
112 174 DB Regio – Stuttgart 24/06/17: Stuttgart RBs
112 175 stopped at Kiel 17/01/17: Hamburg REs
112 176 DB Regio – Kiel 26/04/17: RE21470
112 177 DB Regio – Kiel 21/06/17: RB21308
112 178 DB Regio – Kiel 21/06/17: RE21008
112 179 DB Regio – Kiel 22/06/17: RE21058
112 180 DB Regio – Kiel 18/06/17: RE21018
112 181 DB Regio – Kiel 26/04/17: RE21422
112 182 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 04/09/16: RE5
112 183 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 19/06/17: Berlin REs
112 184 DB Regio – Cottbus 03/02/17: RB49
112 185 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 21/08/16: RE4364
112 186 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 20/01/17: RE3309
112 187 DB Regio – Rostock 12/05/17: RE13290
112 188 DB Regio – Cottbus 03/05/17: RE13290
112 189 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 19/06/17: Berlin RB14
112 190 DB Regio – Berlin-Lichtenberg 15/04/17: RE4362

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Another “inmate” of the Hamm compound is 112 127, which was most recently a Braunschweig machine before withdrawal.  Here it is seen in one the bay platforms at Hildesheim Hbf, prior to working a stopper to Braunschweig on the foggy morning of 22/11/11 (JW)

The creeping “unit-isation” of regional railways in the former East Germany has seen the original 112.0s (new class 114) displaced from their duties in this area, and the fleet are now, in the main, firmly located in the “West” – split between Frankfurt am Main and Stuttgart.  114 005 and 114 040 remain allocated to Rostock, where they are used as a common fleet with the 112.1s.

In 2006, as experiments, two class 143s were “upgraded” – one to 160km/h (114 101) and one to 140km/h (114 301).  Although these projects got quite far, they were not quite developed, and these machines have now returned to their original 143 guise.

The 114s have also seen their numbers gradually chipped away, and only 31 of the 39 machines remain in traffic.

Loco Operator Last Reported Passenger Working
114 002 DB Regio – Stuttgart 31/03/17: Stuttgart RBs
114 003 stored at Cottbus
114 004 DB Regio – Stuttgart 19/06/17: Stuttgart RBs
114 005 DB Regio – Rostock 26/04/17: Warnemünde cruise train.  Re-entered traffic from Dessau Works circa 04/07/17
114 006 DB Regio – Stuttgart 24/06/17: Stuttgart RBs
114 007 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RE4542
114 008 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 10/02/17: RB15618
114 009I scrapped 07/13 after a fire at Berlin Lichtenberg on 26/07/11
114 009II DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) – former 143 873 01/06/17: Frankfurt RBs
114 010 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RE4540
114 011 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 24/05/17: Frankfurt RBs
114 012 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RE4525
114 013 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RB15623
114 014 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 26/02/17: RE50
114 015 DB Regio – Stuttgart 19/06/17: Stuttgart RBs
114 016 stopped at Frankfurt (Main) 08/02/17: Frankfurt RBs
114 017 DB Regio – Stuttgart 24/06/17: Stuttgart RBs
114 018 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 19/07/16: RE30
114 019 scrapped 06/10 after a collision at Berlin-Karow on 16/04/09
114 020 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RB15662
114 021 stopped at Frankfurt (Main) 20/03/16: Frankfurt RBs
114 022 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RE4522
114 023 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RE4523
114 024 DB Regio – Stuttgart 08/06/17: RE19962
755 025 Departmental loco since mid-1992.  Now stored at München-Freimann – as 114 501
114 026 stored at Hamm (SSM)
114 027 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 19/04/17: RB39906
114 028 DB Regio – Stuttgart 24/06/17: Stuttgart RBs
114 029 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RE4524
114 030 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RB15661
114 031 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 28/05/17: RE28541 (Kirchentag vice in  Dresden area)
114 032 DB Regio – Stuttgart 05/06/17: RE22017
114 033 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 15/02/17: RE4163
114 034 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RB15656
114 035 DB Regio – Stuttgart 19/06/17: Stuttgart RBs
114 036 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 31/05/17: RE4520
114 037 DB Regio – Frankfurt (Main) 05/05/17: Frankfurt RBs
114 038 stopped at Frankfurt (Main) 15/09/16: RE4540
114 039 DB Regio – Stuttgart 05/06/17: RE4930
114 040 DB Regio – Rostock 28/05/17: Kirchentag additional to Lutherstadt Wittenberg
114 101 stored at Magdeburg – reverted to 143 171
114 301 DB Regio – Dresden – reverted to 143 120 Class 143

 

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