DB Class 111 electrics locos losing passenger work in southern Germany

MAJOR changes to operating contracts in southern Germany on June 9 mean Go-Ahead’s German subsidiary is now operating multiple routes from Stuttgart, replacing DB Regio push-pull trains. 

Abellio also took over routes in the area on the same day, and more routes will switch from DB in December. 

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For the German national operator, the changes mean large numbers of older electric locos have become redundant. 

Many Class 111 locos have been stored or scrapped already this year and more will follow next year. 

DB Class 111 No. 111 158 passing Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt on April 10 with empty stock to work a peak-hour RE 4 Düsseldorf to Aachen service. KEITH FENDER

The Class 111 dates from 1974 to 1984 and was ordered for West German Deutsche Bundesbahn, with 227 built and fewer than 100 remaining in use. 

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In the short term the RE4 route between Dortmund and Aachen (via Düsseldorf) is one of the best places to see the remaining Class 111 locos, although these will be replaced by new EMUs from December 2020.

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