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BR 18.5/BR 18.6

After the second world war the DB allocated the largest number of former DRG locomotives. In spite of this fact, in the fifties there was need for more powerful steam engines for express trains. The DB decided to modernise 30 locomotives class BR 18.5 which were made between 1927 and 1930.

Between 1953 and 1956 30 locomotives got new welded boilers, new cabines and a new steam regulator. This was done in AW München Freimann and Ingolstadt. The yield of the modernised locomotives was clearly bigger than the locomotives which were not modernised. The modernised locomotives got the new indication BR 18.6. The locomotives were the most economical locomotives of the DB of that time.

Unfortunately the carrier of the pump was not assembled on the frame but was welded to the boiler. Because of that there appeared damage to the boiler. Therefore they was forced to lower the boiler pressure from 16 bar to 12 bar. And this affected of course the performance of the locomotives.

From the end of 1961 the first BR 18.6 locomotives were taken out of service. The locomotives BR 18.5 which were not modernised were then already out of service. From August 1961 all locomotives BR 18.6 were stationed in the Bw Lindau. More and more diesel locomotives of class V 200 and V 200.1 went into service and were partly the cause that the BR 18.6 locomotives were set aside. The last BR 18.6 locomotive, the 18 622 and the 18 630, were taken out of service on 6 January 1966 in the Bw Lindau.

The following locomotives BR 18.5 were modernised and got the indication BR 18.6 (BR 18.5 modernised to BR 18.6).

Axle layout: 2'C1' h4v
In service: 1953 - 1956
Diameter driving wheels: 187 cm
Diameter carrying wheels: 95 cm/120,6 cm

Lengte over de buffers
(met tender bay.2'2'T31,7):
22,862 m
Top speed: 120 km/h
Power: 2300 pk/hp
Boiler pressure: 16 bar
Weight: 100,2 t