Written by: TrainSim-James
The BR 155 is considered around the world as the genesis of modern electro-motive traction, featuring unprecedented pulling power at the helm that has performed throughout Germany since the mid-1970s. Not only has this revolutionary locomotive operated under DR and DB, other companies such as PRESS, or Pressnitztalbahn have taken to the controls. Now you can experience the Electric Container in blue as the PRESS BR 155 & UN Style Military Wagons are available now to registered members of TS Rewards!
During the mid-1960s the standards for German freight locomotives were on the rise, not only was more power required but with the ever-increasing electrification there were not enough locos to work under the wires. With older locomotives unable to cope and some in need of being completely replaced, it was time for new traction to enter the scene.
The design was simple, an ergonomic, light and powerful Co-Co electric locomotive capable of hauling both passenger and freight stock. Three prototype locomotives known as the E 51 were ordered and completed by LEW Hennigsdorf in 1974. After 3 years of testing 270 production locomotives were ordered and delivered by 1984, DR would go on to classify the locomotives as the Class 250.
The Class 250 was a success, working passenger and freight services with ease, however freight was the focus for the 250s. Freight was so much of a focus that their introduction saw a decrease in the volume of road freight traffic. Following reclassification of the Class 250 to the BR 155 following Germany’s reunification in 1994, the locomotives saw a much more varied use throughout Germany, however it was most common to see them operating container freight.
In recent years the BR 155 fleet has experienced a multitude of bogie problems which has left them operating slower than before, this however has not deterred the entire roster from being withdrawn from service. While in excess of 130 BR 155s are still in operation with DB, other companies have also got a hold on these classic powerhouses. One example is Pressnitztalbahn (PRESS) who use one BR 155: 155 045-9, alongside a varied fleet of old and new diesel and electric German locomotives.
The latest iteration of epic TS Rewards content features the BR 155 045-9 in PRESS blue livery complete with loaded and unloaded UN Style Military Wagons with quick drive consists included. Also included is a bonus career scenario for Köln – Koblenz which sees you drive the DB BR 155 in the dead of winter, can you get the freight movement to its destination on time?