The electric express locomotive of the series E 18 should provide fast connections from Munich to Berlin and Stuttgart.

The electric locomotives of the class E 18, which took place later in the series as a DB 118 and the DR Class 218, were among the fastest-electric locomotives on German rails. They reached a maximum speed of 150 km / h Only their development, the machines of the E 19 were, for 180 km / h allowed. From 1935 to 1984, the locomotives of the class E 18 were against people trains.

Construction of the E 18

As a further development of the E 17 AEG constructed with the class E 18 is an express locomotive with streamlined design for high speeds of 150 km / h Many components such as the engines, including the AEG spring cup drive was acquired by E 04th The locomotive body, however, was a new development that contributed to the principles of aerodynamics and streamlining invoice.

He E 18 has a welded frame. Running axles were combined with each of the first drive shaft to a steering rack. The drive was about spring cups. Later the spring cup drive some locomotives were replaced by a rubber ring spring drive. The large front spoilers were later partially reduced and the DB completely dismantled. Characterized the cooling of the drive motors have been improved. 1957/1958 Indians was upgraded from 1974 to 1977 and the train radio. The express trains service the machines with 935 tonnes in the plane could move at 140 km / h.


History of the E 18

The locomotives of the class E 18 was designed to carry heavier trains at high speeds on the newly electrified lines from Munich to Stuttgart and Munich, Nuremberg, Leipzig and Berlin. From 1935, the E 18 were provided by the German Reichsbahn in service. During World War II, the procurement of additional E 18 was stopped. By war’s end 53 locomotives were built. After the end of World War II war DB still had 39 units. To 1955 came with E18 54 and 55 for 2 replicas. 6 machines came to the DR and 2 locomotives remained in Austria.

Mid-sixties, the locomotives of the class E 18 was replaced by the new E 10. The E 18 was then used in mass transit. In the seventies, some I received 18 pre-fitting for the automatic clutch and wear so-called buffer beams. To 1984 locomotives of the series E were used 18 as scheduled.