DB Class 232 “Ludmillas”

Work in progress…  (in the meantime, check out the article on the “Flüchtlingszüge”, October 1989)!


The above is a link to one of ecpaganini‘s excellent YouTube videos, showing “Ludmillas” hard at work in the Thüringen hills in 1997.

Surviving Fleet

Click here for a list of currently-surviving members of the class.

Forthcoming Workings

Erfurter Bahnservice are trialling a weekday commuter service from Buttstädt to Sömmerda until 2nd March 2018.  This kicked off with 232 690, which was replaced from lunchtime on 25th January with 232 334.  It is expected that “Ludmilla” power will continue for the rest of the trial, although it is possible that alternative traction will be used at some point.

Additionally, railtours have been advertised for 232 haulage in Germany on Saturday 10th February 2018, Saturday 24th March 2018, Saturday 21st July 2018Sunday 2nd December 2018, Saturday 8th December 2018 and Saturday 15th December 2018 (two clashing tours, unfortunately), along with a potential outing on Saturday 1st September 2018 (TBC).

An excellent PTG railtour in Hungary is also planned to feature 651 002 (ex-DB 232 543) from Murakeresztúr to Pécs on Saturday 19th May 2018.