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Arriva E183  
in short
Vogtlandbahn E183 series
An remarkbale member of the ES64U4 family. Unlike most other members, the four machines delivered to the German Vogtlandbahnen, are technically configured for service under 15kV and 25kV AC voltage systems and certified for service in Germany and Austria only. You could say that these machines are successors of the ES 64 U2 platform, which Siemens has been building up to 2006. It shows the flexibility of the latest platform.

In October 2009, Arriva/VGB recieved a fifth unit, designated 183 005. Quick delivery was possible as Siemens had a batch of six ES 64 U4's in stock at that time.

5 locomotives
VGB designation E183 001-004 / 005
order date xx.2005 / ?
delivery period 10.2007-11.2007 / 11.2009
ES 64 U4-G configuration
operator official website:
Siemens official website:
FS Netinera E183: news  
open news
2013-01-18 [DE] KISS trains replace ODEG locomotives
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2013-01-13 [DE] Arriva 183 004 replaces RTS 1216 901 in Berlin
open news
2012-10-12 [DE/CZ] FS Netinera 183 004 -München-Prag-München-
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2011-12-24 [DE] 183 001
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2011-08-13 [DE] 183 001 with Alex logos
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2009-12-04 [DE] extra locomotives for Alex services
Arriva E183: About Alex  
These four machines were taken from the ongoing production of 1216 series locomotives in Linz and delivered in the last month of 2007 to the Vogtlandbahnen, subsidiary of Arriva. Together with 11 EuroRunner diesel-electrics, leased from Angel Trains, they secure passenger services in Southern Germany, from Munchen to Oberstdorf and Lindau, from Munchen to Regensburg, and from Furth-im-Wald to Hof. Arriva was awarded with this 10-year-contract for these relations back in 2005. Brand name for the network is ‘Alex’, an abbreviation of Arriva-Länderbahn-Express. Arriva started regular services in December 2007, taking over from the Länderbahn and SBB GmbH combination, which already exploited the same relations under the product name Allgau Express, also ‘Alex’ in short.

The four E183 series locomotives are used for the Munchen-Regensburg service. Like all other new or refurbished ‘Alex’ stock, they are painted in a distinctive turquoise livery, in combination with white and yellow. The designation ‘183’ is a logical choice as its two-tension predecessors are known as 182 series in the German numbering system.

The new ‘Alex’ trains have become a popular subject for railway photographers, as passenger trains hauled by locomotives slowly turn into a curiosity, as the majority of the operators nowadays choose for train sets to exploit renewed services. The ‘Alex’ is also appreciated by the real railway travelling purists. Refurbished, but classic coaches, still with compartments in the first class, and even a fully fledged bar, nicknamed ‘alex-treff’, on board.

The four E183s came from the same production line as the OBB 1216 series locomotives in Linz.

Arriva E183: Livery details  
When regarding the inscriptions on all four machines, one notices some differences. E183 001 and 002 were deliverd with complete Arriva logos up front and service numbers placed on top of these, a little to the right. E183 003 and 004 only have the name Arriva up front and there service numbers are placed underneath these names, right in the middle. Reason for this is unknown. All four machines carry the Arriva name and logo on side one, the Vogtlandbahn logo and the name 'Alex' one side two.
Arriva E183: the Adler locomotive  
On 25.06.2010, the Arriva/Vogtlandbahn and Roco presented unit 183 001 with a promotional livery, commemorating the 175th anniversary of the railways in Germany. The design is based on the historic 'Adler' locomotive and was created by Gudrun Geiblinger from Austria (already known for her design for several GySEV and OBB locomotives). Roco created a model version of the 183 001.

Arriva E183: Select your Locomotive:  
Siemens 21130 2007 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 183 001 45 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Siemens 21132 2007 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 183 002 12 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21134 2007 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 183 003 17 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21522 2007 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 183 004 35 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21321 2008 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 183 005 18 picture(s) available   revision data available