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.