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Vossloh Locomotives Deutschland: experiments with pantographs  

Also at InnoTrans 2010, Vossloh Locomotives form Kiel (DE) showcased a version of its DE18 shunting locomotive with a pantograph, the designated DM20. During InnoTrans 2012, Vossloh took its ideas with electric propulsion to the next step with the DM30. They were examples of what is possible with the highly modular standard locomotives from Vossloh, that are being built and developed in Germany.

Note: This section ONLY describes the hybrid locomotive solution being developed by Vossloh in Germany. True, there was also the Vossloh Rail Vehicles factory in Valencia (ES) and indeed, also this part of the company made hybrid/dual system locomotives (UKdual, EUROdual etc). But the Spanish factory was taken over by Stadler Rail in 2015, so since then we present its products in our Stadler Rail section.

InnoTrans 2010 en 2012: Vossloh Locomotves DM18, DM20, DM30 and E18

In the stand of Vossloh was a model of what was, quite literally, a combination of a diesel shunting locomotive and a main line electric. The result was a remarkable exterior design of an asymmetric locomotive. The DM30 was the top version of a whole theoretical portfolio of Vossloh products that could run under overhead wiring.

The DM30 was a model just to see how customers would react, and to show Vossloh's capabilities. It should replace diesel locomotives in the medium power range. The DM30 was an electric locomotive with 2.8MW and a diesel locomotive with 0.5 to 1.4MW duration power. It looked quite long, but 19.5 meter is not that much more compared to other hybrid-versions Vossloh has in mind, the DM20 and DM18, both 1.8MW electrics with 700 or 350kW diesel engines. The DM20 was already shown as model during InnoTrans 2010.

Most interesting was Vossloh's statement about their fourth (still all theoretically) showcase: the E18. An electric locomotive with 1.8MW power. It can be built of the same building blocks as the normal Vossloh locomotives. But it says something else. It is remarkable that a manufacturer, known for its diesel locomotives, considers to include a 100% solution. This is a vague sign for the distant future. For railfans this means something else, maybe we will have new 'crocodiles'!