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RWE 500  
in short
order details
The ten EL 2000 locomotives of RWE Power (formerly known as Rheinbraun) are a special product for services on the normal gauge railway network of this electric power company. RWE has three opencast mines as well as brown coal power stations (*) in the region between Cologne and Aachen. For the transport between the opencast mines and the power stations RWE Power uses conveyers and a large railway network. The loading gauge and axle load is bigger than on normal DB railway lines .

(*) comment: RWE Power also owens power plants in other regions, but the rail network is restricted to the Rheinische Braunkohlerevier between Köln und Aachen.

Our thanks goes out to Paul Zimmer, author of this section.

 
10 locomotives
order date __.__.1997
delivery period 1999-2000
> designation 501-510
 
technical details
product name: ADtranz EL2000
top speed: 60 kph
4 axles / Bo'Bo' wheel-arrangement
power system: 6 kV, 50 Hz
weight: 140 t
continous power rating: 2800 kW
starting traction effort: 500 kN
 
operator official website:
http://www.rwe.com
Bombardier official website:
http://www.transportation.bombardier.com
 
   
RWE 500: general information  
In 1997 the formerly Rheinbraun subscribed a 38 million euro contract for the delivery of ten locomotives including square parts. The locomotives were built between 1999 and 2000 in Adtranz factory (now Bombardier) in Kassel (Germany) and should replace a part of the old EL1-locomotives, which were the first locomotives with thyristor technology. The presentation of the first locomotive was in august of 1999, although 501 made several test for five months before. The design of the locomotives is rationally and characteristically because of the control desks in the side gondolas.

The two lateral control desks (use depending on the location of the signals), give the possibility to use the locos in pushed operations. In this case an acoustic signal is used by the trains. Of course there's a control desk in the middle of the cab for driving forward. Adtranz uses modular mechanical, electrical and pneumatic systems and an efficiently diagnostic system for lower maintenance costs. The locomotives have additionally two little pantographs on the sides for use under the loading facility. Because of the loading gauge the locomotives were brought from the Adtranz factory without the cab extensions.

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Adtranz 33318 1999 EL 2000 Bo'Bo'-el 501 23 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Adtranz 33319 1999 EL 2000 Bo'Bo'-el 502 15 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Adtranz 33320 2000 EL 2000 Bo'Bo'-el 503 17 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Adtranz 33321 2000 EL 2000 Bo'Bo'-el 504 19 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Adtranz 33322 2000 EL 2000 Bo'Bo'-el 505 16 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Adtranz 33323 2000 EL 2000 Bo'Bo'-el 506 23 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Adtranz 33324 2000 EL 2000 Bo'Bo'-el 507 16 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Adtranz 33325 2000 EL 2000 Bo'Bo'-el 508 15 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Adtranz 33326 2000 EL 2000 Bo'Bo'-el 509 18 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Adtranz 33327 2000 EL 2000 Bo'Bo'-el 510 17 picture(s) available   revision data available